Updates by: Thembinkosi Mangena and Takawira Dururu
16:18 – Zanu PF Mashonaland Central Chairman, Cde Dickson Mafios gives a vote of thanks, marking the end of our updates here.
16:12 – He calls for unity by all party members, despite personal differences, saying the party’s interest are always paramount. He thanks the Youth League for leading by example through such rallies.
16:02 – President Mugabe now speaks on the need to consolidate the gains the recorded in the agricultural sector, and the need for miners to avoid environmental degradation.
15:57 – On the war veterans splinter group led by Christopher Mutsvangwa and Victor Matemadanda, the President says: “Ava vakomana varikungopengereka, hameno kuti vanopengerekei. Kana voda kudzoka, vanoziva gwara asi tanga tisingadi kuti vadzoke nokuti vanhu imi mozotibvunza kuti kozvamavazve mese.”
15:51 – On the issue of succession, the President says party procedures will be followed and according to the party constitution, elections are held and leaders are voted into power. “Kuti ndonzi ndasiyira mukadzi wangu chigaro ini? Ah, zvinoitika kunedzimwe nyika, kwete muno muZimbabwe.”
15:43 – “Kana iri G40 yaKaukuwere, Obama akabva saka ngazvipere,” he says.
15:40 – “Lacoste hameno kuti yakabva kupi, vanoti havambizivi nezvayo, vanoti ndakangopihwawo chinhu chakanyorwa kuti Lacoste. Hanzi chi cup chakanzi ‘I’m the boss. Zvino kana chiri chi cup chete bva chirasei,” says Cde Mugabe.
15:36 – He adds that such personal differences, attacks and ambitions are what he wants to end.
15:33 – The President Mugabe says during one Politburo meeting, Professor Moyo vowed that he will never never support Cde Mnangagwa again. With the fallout now clear, Cde Mugabe says Professor Moyo provided a dossier accusing Cde Mnangagwa about many things. “Zvimwe zvach hazvifadzi. vaMoyo vanoti VaMnangagwa vakati vasangana najournalist anonzi Godfrey Majonga muflat aine girlfriend yavo, vakamupa two options, either to sit on a hot stove or to jump several floors from the flat. He chose to jump and iyezvino arikudisabled people’s home nokuti akatyoka kunyangwe zvazvo achinepfungwa dzake dzakakwana. Hatizivi kuti ndizvo here asi ndozvinotaura VaMoyo. VaMnangagwa vanozviramba, vakandiudza recently kuti vapedza kunyora mhinduro yavo, 85 pages or so of reply. Manje izvozvi nekurwara havasati vana kugona kuti vataure nesu kuPolitburo as he cannot stand for more than 15 minutes. So when fully fit, he will present it.”
15:32 – Cde Mugabe now speaks on the Tsholotsho Declaration, revealing how the personal fallout between Professor Jonathan Moyo and Vice President Mnangagwa came about when the latter distanced himself from the team that pushed his political ascension agenda. He says Cde Mnangagwa did not attend the meeting because he did not want to be found on the wrong side but left those who supported in the cold and were suspended. He says after the suspension, Professor Moyo returned to the party leadership to tell us that ‘It’s cold out there, then we took him on board again.
15:24 – On G40, he says the party’s National Political Commissar, Cde Saviour Kasukuwere is the brainchild of name, taking a cue from former US President Barack Obama.
15:20 – He says Cde Zvobgo was a tribalist and would want to have as many people from Masvingo employed in government.
15:17 – Cde Mugabe says Masvingo and Masvingo had minor tribalistic problems even during the times of [Simon] Muzenda and [Edison] Zvobgo, which the party managed to resolve. He says the late Vice President Muzenda openly told him that he decided to go back to his home, Masvingo Province, after being chased away from Midlands by Cde Mnangagwa and [the late Cde Richard] Hove. He adds that Dr Mzenda and his uncle, the late Cde Cephas Msipa always believed that the problems in Midlands were caused by Cde Mnangagwa.
15:09 – He says they never attributed the problems to Lacoste. He adds that after meetings with MPs from Masvingo, they said the late Shuvai Mahofa and Josiah Hungwe are the ones causing discord in the province. “They proposed that I reshuffle, but I did not take it serious or thought that it is all about
15:06 – President Mugabe now speaks on factionalism in Masvingo and the Midlands Province.
14:56 – He speaks on how Vice President Mnangagwa survived death when he was jailed for bombing a train belonging to the Rhodesian government. He says: “He survived death because he had not yet turned 18, the age at which one would be sentenced to death. Anga aenda murume uyu, today, we could be visiting your grave, saying ‘Rest in Peace.”
14:51 – He takes us down memory lane, chronicling how the liberation war was fought.
14:41 – President Robert Mugabe addresses the rally.
14:32 – “Pasi nefactionalism, pasi nevanoda kushaisa President wedu hope, pasi naMustvangwa naMahiya,” says Dr Mugabe, concluding her speech.
14:30 – She says Ministers not aligned to Lacoste are always accused of something, adding that the Zimbabwe Anti-Corruption Commission (ZACC) is not doing its job well as it is now entangled in the factional matrix. “The likes of Professor Jonathan are always accused of something and are nolonger working well. ZACC, stop it. If we start talking about your [those on the Lacoste faction] issues, you will commit suicide, so let’s work together
14:24 – “Maybe Cde Mnangagwa would have promised to protect those pushing for the Lacoste agenda. Then sometimes he changes his mind and becomes afraid to do so. Ngatirege kumhanya, leadership comes from God.
14:20 – Togarovhundudzirwa na Mutsvangwa kuti VP Mnangagwa anesupport yemauto.
14:18 – The First Lady, Dr Mugabe says she is not happy that some ministers discriminate against Vice President Phelekezela Mphoko, by always inviting only Vice President Mnangagwa to government functions. “You stop it.”
14:09 – Dr Mugabe says she is not happy that she and President Mugabe are being accused of poisoning Vice President Mnangagwa.
“Isu tinorwara but we don’t make noise about it. Baba vakamborwara, vakaita food poisoning kwaMutare, manga musingazvizivi nekuti hatina kumbozvitaura. Taenda kunobata maoko kwa Amai Edna Madzongwe, baba vakaita diarrhea continuous vakaita madays. Then vakanditi deedza Sekeramayi nditaure mashoko angu ndisati ndafa, ndikavadeedza vakauya vakapinda mubedroom mavanga vakarara vasisagone kusimuka. Hatina kumboita noise nezvazvo. I suffered food poisoning in 2013 and lost about 5kgs that night because of diarrhea, but I never accused anyone. Ndakatsikwa nemota ini asi ndirimunhu anotya mwari and I don’t want to accuse anyone for mhosva yaasina kuita, kuti hehe aka driver akasimudza mota ndisati ndapinda.
14:06 – First Lady reprimands Kazembe Kazembe for pushing for the ouster of Cde Saviour Kasukuwere. “Kezembe Kazembe huya pano, iwe wanga wakateya kuita Chairman? Kazembe ndiVice waVaDickson Mafios. Iwe wakabuda paTV uchiti pasi naKasukuwere, anga akutadzirei?
14:02 – Dr Mugabe reiterates that when the President sees it fit and when the time is ripe, he will name his successor. She adds that, as she has said before, those who wanted to demonstrate against Vice President Mnangagwa, if they still want him out, they should just tell the President, who is the appointer of vice presidents.
14:01 On factionalism, Dr Mugabe says she was pissed off yesterday, when Betty Mutero accused her of leading a faction in Zanu PF called G40. “She also accused me of poisoning Vice President Mnangagwa, then pave way for Vice President Mphoko to take over power on an acting basis before handing it over to me. I am loyal to my husband, so why this talk when the President is still there?”
13:59 – The First Lady takes to the podium.
13:57 – After the two ministers, Cde Hamandishe is back to the podium and expresses displeasure at Retired Colonel Dube’s slogan in which he said: ‘Pambili loCde RG,’ saying RG stands for Registrar General, and ‘that we want slogans that show respect to President Mugabe.’
13:55 – Retired Colonel Dube says his position is not different from what Minister Sekeramayi has said, adding that he takes instructions from him. “I cannot oppose the decision of the party, I would not want to put my head on the bloc for anyone.”
13:45 – Dr Sekeramayi says Chris Mutsvangwa, Victor Matemadanda and others are nolonger leaders of the association since they were fired from Zanu PF for demeaning President Mugabe. He urges all Zanu PF structures and affiliates to disregard them and not attend any meetings they call. He says they will soon call for a meeting for all war veterans to choose the new leadership.
13:40 – Cde Handandishe asks Defence Minister and Secretary for War Veterans, Dr Sydney Sekeramayi and the Minister of Welfare Services for War Veterans, Collaborators, ex-Detainees and Restrictees, Retired Colonel Tshinga Dube to clarify issues regarding the leadership of the war veterans association.
13:07 – Pastor Chinoda gives an opening prayer.
13:03 – Zanu PF Youth League National Political Commissar, Cde Innocent Hamandishe, who is the MC, tells everyone to stand up for the singing of the National Anthem.
12:49 – President Mugabe, after officially opening the Bindura Information Centre, arrives at Chipadze stadium for the rally. Accompanied by the First Lady, Dr Grace Mugabe, the President is moving around the stadium in an open truck, waving to thousands of party supporters. The trademark, ‘Jongwe Rinorira Rimwechete,’ song is sounding.
12:48 – We are now live on ZBC TV and facebook, ZBC News Online.
11:17 – Chipadze stadium is filling up. Click here to watch videos:
11:03 – REMEMBER:
Before the interface rally, President Mugabe will officially open the Bindura Information Centre at Bindura Post Office, and several government officials including Cde Supa Mandiwanzira are already at the venue waiting for the arrival of the President
10:33 – Youths have also reiterated their support to President Mugabe’s candidature in next year’s polls, while factionalism in the revolutionary party has been slammed.
10:27 – At previous rallies, youths have been implored to register to vote in next year’s elections.
10:11 – The interface rallies give youths an opportunity to interact with President Mugabe, telling him their concerns and Cde Mugabe telling them about how the government will address them.
10:05 Only Bulawayo and Harare Metropolitan provinces are yet to host the President, with the latter hosting the last one. Zanu PF National Secretary for Youth Affairs, Cde Kudzanayi Chipanga confirmed that plans are in place for another interface rally for President Robert Mugabe to meet students at the country’s institutions of higher and tertiary education.
10:04 – This is the 8th rally, after others were held in Marondera [Mash East], Mutare [Manicaland], Masvingo, Lupane [Mat North], Chinhoyi [Mash West], Gwanda [Mat South] and Gweru [Midlands province].
10:01 – Its all systems go for today’s Mashonaland Central Presidential Youth Interface rally at Chipadze stadium in Bindura.