15:18 – He ends his speech by saying Zanu PF will not lose sleep over demonstrations in the country, saying the demonstrations do not vote and that it individuals who vote.
15:17 – He says the observers will go back after elections and ‘we will remain here ruling. Those who are not part of Zanu PF will always remain under our rule.’
15:14- We have election observers in the country, they should feel at home, feel accepted, and us as a big party, we don’t want you to trouble them and even all other smaller parties.”
15:05 – he reveals plans to dualise the Beitbridge – Bulawayo – Victoria Falls road.
15:02 – The President lists the minerals in Matabeleland North, saying there will soon be various investments in the province.
14:57 – Speaking about the Command Livestock Programme, President Mnangagwa says: “We were in Matabeleland South and gave 1 660 head of cattle to people there. Today we distributed more than a thousand cattle for the people in Matabeleland North.”
14:53 – He adds that Zimbabwe is 20 years behind in terms of development, but things are to change soon through devolution of power.
14:51 – He says the new dispensation is in the process of reviving several mines across the country.
14:50 – ED: “We want jobs in the country and we know that for economic development, we must plan sector by sector such as agriculture, mining, infrastructure development.”
14:48 – He reiterates calls for peace and harmony, adding that Zanu PF will win the elections peacefully and rule the country peacefully.
14:46 – ED says with the new economic trajectory that the new dispensation has taken, the ruling party is confident of winning the 30 July harmonised elections.
14:43 – He adds that after meeting traditional leaders and churches in Zimbabwe, he is more determined to implement his vision for the country.
14:42 – The President adds that the new dispensation has since declared that Zimbabwe is now open for business.
14:41 – He says the new dispensation will always honour the country’s founding fathers and heroes, among them Mugabe, Dr Joshua Nkomo and General Josiah Magama Tongogara.
14:38 – ED says he has promised servant leadership since the day he was inaugurated on 24 November 2017.
14:36 – He also says the Speaker of Parliament, Advocate Jacob Mudenda, also from the same province also played a key role in the ushering of the new political dispensation, by chairing Mugabe’s impeachment procedure.
14:31 – He thanks Zimbabweans for their support when he skipped the border with his life under threat from the G40 cabal. He says Minister Obert Mpofu, who hails from Mat North Province, is the one who chaired the historic Zanu PF Central Committee that recalled former President Robert Mugabe and replaced him with President Mnangagwa.
14:28 – President Mnangagwa now addressing supporters.
13:55 – VP Chiwenga narrates the history of President Mnangagwa from the time his family moved to Zambia and when he joined the liberation struggle.
13:51- VP Chiwenga takes to the podium to introduce the guest of honour, President Mnangagwa.
13:41- Zanu PF National Political Commissar, Retired Lieutenant General Engelbert Rugeje introduces senior members of the party to the people.
13:26 – President Mnangagwa arrives at Somhlolo Stadium and proceedings begin with the singing of the National Anthem.
11:50 – We are now live on ZBC TV for an update on the Somhlolo rally.
10:51 – President Mnangagwa and VP Constantino Chiwenga arrive at ARDA Jotsholo.
He will later address a Zanu PF rally at Somhlolo Stadium in Lupane, the provincial capital of Matabeleland North.
People are slowly trickling into the stadium, with entertainment being provided by Jays Marabini and other artists from here.
Since his inauguration on 24 November 2017, President Mnangagwa has toured various infrastructure projects in Mat North with a view to see how the government can ensure their completion.
In the province, he has already toured Ingwigwizi Bridge along Bulawayo-Nkayi road, which is under construction, and also Gwayi-Shangani Dam, a project which has stalled for more than 20 years.
The new administration has pledged resources to ensure these projects see the light of the day.
The President recently officiated at the ground-breaking ceremony of the US$1.5 billion Hwange Thermal Power Station Expansion project which is expected to add 600mw onto the national grid (Unit 7 & 8 each with a capacity of 300mw).