Hundreds throng Glamis Arena

HARARE - While the Harare Exhibition Park are known for many activities from musicals, business fares to exhibitions, on Saturday it was a different setting as hundreds thronged the grounds to witness one of the most talked-about weddings in Zimbabwe today.

From afar, you would think that the Glamis Arena, situated at the Exhibition Park was swarmed by butterflies of all kinds and colours.

It was fascinating to see guests to Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai and wife Elizabeth Macheka donning the latest fashion whose garments were not complete without a touch of red.  

And you could hardly believe they were going for the PM’s wedding, an event which had blue blended with white as its main colours.

By 10am the guests had already started arriving at the venue in anticipation of the day’s programme which was set for noon.

Loud music from disco dominated the arena. “Mugabe wanga wajaira kumedza mapato anopikisa (Mugabe you had gotten used to swallowing rival parties)” were some of the heavily-politicised lyrical songs that bellowed from the huge clear PA system placed at a stage mainly decorated in red.

And for the guests, the wait which lasted several hours did not matter to them as they patiently waited albeit with no bottled water or even soft drinks to quench the thirst.

The guests drank tape water while they waited for the big moment.

They wanted to be witnesses to Tsvangirai and Elizabeth’s wedding — whether it was customary or even without the signing of the marriage certificates.

Right at the podium, Tsvangirai’s daring guests ecstatically anchored the music.

Truly, some of the dancers would qualify for Mbare Chimurenga choir.

Four hours after the kick-off time, the guests who had exhausted all their energies at the dance floor stampeded to where lunch was to be served only to discover that food, despite not being of high quality, was more than enough.

The catering company, Servcor served the guests with rice, sadza with at least four pieces of beef and vegetable.

A Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) rhumba group took to the stage but it was only Leonard Dembo’s sons who managed to bring back the well-fed crowd to the dance flow.

The guests were to take their seats when for the first time after long hours of waiting, minister Nelson Chamisa arrived around 5pm to announce the PM was due to join them.

Everyone was ordered to get into the grounds, probably to make the crowd look sizeable in pictures.

And then the PM emerged alongside his wife Elizabeth Tsvangirai nee Macheka to frenzied applause of the crowd who welcomed him with the zora butter style with the PM following suite.

Musician Peter “Igwe” Moyo wrapped up the event nearly stealing the show as the crowd rushed back to the podium before he left. - Wendy Muperi

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