MDC rally lights up Marondera

MARONDERA – The usually sleepy town of Marondera was painted red by jubilant MDC supporters who thronged Rudhaka Stadium on Sunday to witness the launch of the party’s manifesto.

Supporters of Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai brought life to the agricultural town with vendors and transporters recording brisk business.

Held under the theme, “A new Zimbabwe, the time is now”, the manifesto launch enunciated MDC policies ahead of crunch polls set for July 31.

Tens of thousands of singing MDC supporters flooded the sleepy town to listen to their leader outline how his government will transform the economic fortunes of the country.

Bursting at the seams with a capacity crowd, Rudhaka Stadium proved to be a poor choice of venue for the manifesto launch as scores of people had to listen to Tsvangirai’s speech from outside the venue.

The crowd at the MDC manifesto launch completely dwarfed the crowd at Zanu PF’s manifesto launch at Zimbabwe Grounds in Harare last Friday.

Some youths hung precariously onto flood lights and trees in a desperate bid to get a clearer glimpse of Tsvangirai and his entire team.

While sungura star Suluman Chimbetu performed at the Zanu PF manifesto launch, his uncle Allan  entertained the crowd donning a red MDC T-shirt emblazoned with a picture of Tsvangirai.

Innocent Gakaka also delivered a top-drawer performance with his smash hit Munogadzira tafura pamberi pavadzivisi vangu.

Youths and grannies did the MDC open palm salute as they waved placards extolling Tsvangirai.

Awed by the swelling multitude, techno-savvy MDC officials jostled with photo-journalists to capture the “historic moment.”

At exactly 2.15pm, a cheerful Tsvangirai, flanked by his immaculately dressed wife Elizabeth, disembarked from his maroon official Mercedes Benz to a standing ovation as the crowd surged forward to get closer to a man who may become the country’s third president since independence in 1980.

The rally, which was also an official launch of the MDC campaign programme, saw aspiring lawmakers from the party being introduced to the electorate.

Former radio personalities and TV stars Erick Knight and James Maridadi stole the limelight from other parliamentary hopefuls as a bowled crowd demanded to hear the ex-disc jockeys speak.

Knight, famed for his humorous talk on Radio Zimbabwe, then Radio Two, did not disappoint as he tossed the party’s slogan saying “rwendo runo hazvikoni nekuti ndezvashe”.

Baba Jukwa, a faceless Facebook character, who has taken the social media by storm and rattled Zanu PF officials by  revealing Zanu PF and government secrets  seemed also to have made inroads in the rural areas as the crowd cried out to see him.

MDC organisaing secretary Nelson Chamisa struggled to hush the vociferous crowd demanding to see Baba Jukwa.

“Toda Baba Jukwa toda Baba Jukwa” the crowd shouted, forcing Chamisa to say “endai painternet ndipo pavari, roverai Baba Jukwa maoko” attracting a rapturous response from the crowd.

Before the start of the rally, a group of MDC youths took to the streets singing party songs and in the process attracted a sharp rebuke from Marondera riot police.

The adamant crowd lashed out at the police squad through a song “hatidi kupiwa order nemasasikamu”.

While it was a jovial day for the MDC family, several road accidents occurred along the Harare-Marondera highway.

Comments (21)

I am proud to be of the MDC Family, Its better to own a leg of an elephant, than to own the whole of an ant. Zanu yapakura mbodza gore rino. Save pastate house. Asijiki

Mwana waBaba Jukwa - 8 July 2013

there is no doubt that Tsvangirai will become the next Zimbabwe President as he will win by 85%.

igwe - 8 July 2013

its a good crowd, though zimbabwe grounds is three times bigger than rudhaka stadium and it was full capacity. it shows there is no voter apathy now. In fact the elections should have been conducted much earlier than 31 jul. zpf will need a much bigger venue than rudhaka stadium to avoid a stampede.

reason - 8 July 2013

Don't be deceived by the crowd at a 5-000 seater Rudhaka Stadium, heyi vanhu, Zanu PF has the followers than this. Zanu PF's support base across Matabeleland, Mashonaland, Masvingo, Manicaland and Midlands has been largely boosted by Morgan Tsvangirai's prostitution while his councillors, MPs and municipalities were full of rampant corruption ever recorded since Zimbabwe attained independence in 1980. As much as we don't like Zanu PF, Mugane will rompt to victory come July 31

Chaminuka - 8 July 2013

Be part of history and vote for change

matigimu - 8 July 2013

Chaminuka please dont start that fire coz it will fireback your camp , Bona 1989 sally died 1992,SK Moyo new wife after abandoning 30 years marriage wife , Chombo new wife, Nhema divorced , Matonga white lady , Kembo Mohard abandoned farmily, Chiyangwa father of street kids ,Obedier Musindo rapist so now go on and talk of unfounded prostitution and remember Tsvangirai had no wife he was searching as he was spreading his nets wide

True SOLDIER - 8 July 2013

@ chaminuka...one thing that you ignore is that all the people at Rudhaka came on thier own without Self-proclaimed 17-year old O-vets whipping and forcing them to close shop, their businesses etc to attend like the Zanu way. People will not eat personal life, they want real food on thier plates, they want jobs for their sons and duaghters. MRT is proissing this, what do Zanu do, cut the hand of the waiter serving them food. Change has come and there is nothing you and your crunies can do to stop this wave of change...Together we will complete the change, the wind is blowing!!!

TaTanga - 8 July 2013

Congratulation hounerable president Morgan Tsvangirai.ndimi murikuitonga Zimbabwe.makaunza US$.kuti vana veZimbabwe tirarame.tinokupai sando dzenyu.rambai makadaro

chiefalo - 8 July 2013

Congratulation hounerable president Morgan Tsvangirai.ndimi murikuitonga Zimbabwe.makaunza US$.kuti vana veZimbabwe tirarame.tinokupai sando dzenyu.rambai makadaro

chiefalo - 8 July 2013

Chaminuka fuck u and your Zanu Pf

Tk - 8 July 2013

For me , i dont want to despute other people `s thoughts but i can only say that wait for July 31 and see what zimbos are capable of doing. Rega oune simba remuvhoti! Its high time that people think about it and make a sound change and not an immotional change. Now it is becoming clearer that its possible. Zanu PF yakadya dhodhi vanhu vachiona , saka hapana achada kuikisa. Mamama , Rwendo runo hazvikoni , a ruling party turning to an oposition party!!!

Gende Mupoto - 8 July 2013

Daily news why are you so Quiet about ZEC hiding the full list of all candidates? This is unacceptable. i know you guys as fearless. WHats going on this time??

mafikizolo - 8 July 2013

The opposition is doing the electorate a great disservice. If Tsvangirai & Ncube were to put their differences aside temporarily for a common purpose then the nation would move forward. However as it stands the winner is ZANU PF. We all know Mugabe is senile and ready to handover power to a younger (ruthless) successor and we will certainly agonize for at least another five years with their retrogressive policies which are collapsing this economy. I would implore both leaders' advisers to engage each other seriously so that one candidate stands against Mugabe and we will not blame any one should ZANU PF persist in this election. As it stands these two great men should just swallow their pride for this nation to move forward. Which devil is better to live with Ncube or Tsvangirai or Mugabe? As it stands ZANU PF is leading by 4 points (ZEC, 76k special votes, divided opposition and Nikuv Project) with nought for the opposition. Now is the time when they are at their weakest to decisively deal with them. No more manipulation of the police force, the millitary and the media. We shall be free from bondage. Independent publishing houses' editors, what is your role? Plead with these men everyday to change their stance. You all have a role to liberate this country through your great work. Make it headline story everyday till election day.

Munzara - 9 July 2013

MDC councilors vakauya zuro uno ko ve zanu vakatanga kuba kabva 1980 asi kana umwe akadzingwa zvino yedu party ukaita uwori tinodzinga .kana zviri zvemadzimayi chitonyararayi zvenyu nekuti muri worse .pari pa elections erwendo rwuno hamulume nekuti manga majaira kuponda vanhu

kayzee - 9 July 2013

Welshman has always been a zanu pf man he cant change now

GREY TICHATONGA - 9 July 2013

Congradulations President Morgan Tsvangirai, Zimbabweans are fully behind you and you are going to win, I just wish you could campaign a bit more and possibly use the econet facility of sending messages to the masses at one go

New Zimbabwe - 9 July 2013

kurota hakudzvivirwi tsvangirai will never rule this state for as long as mudhara bob is there. he might as well go and try his luck in egpty or mali or sudan

fun man - 10 July 2013

@Fun man ,iwe ndiwe urikurota out 17 comments ndiwe chete uri one wakarasika .shame wake up and smell the coffee ndakunyarira wena .

bruno husay - 11 July 2013

I am worried that we are so much caught in politics of praise. We must find a way to deal with serious issues affecting our beautiful country. Insulting people wont help anyone.

Fabian Nkomo - 12 July 2013

Kwahi hai kwaiva ne dhufandu ravanhu ku Rudhaka

ndini - 12 July 2013

When they made unit in dec 1987 we thought they was going to be some change. Those days most people were still Zanu pf which was not bad.We were still in the trying ages.I was never Zanu i take pride in that i was too young to vote for ZUM in 1990. Zanu has totally destroyed this country. Lemco Zimbabwe Ltd was supplying beef to the military of Zimbabwe and you coould see this buy new recruits when then came home after training. They were healthy and strong. But what happened later.Zanu Zanu Zanu. The beef factory today is a Ghost white elephant in West Nicholson Matebeland South. Those who know how we grow up there will support me me. It was a small paradise.Cry the beloved country. Next elections lets remove these monsters.They are not for development.

Hwese - 13 July 2013

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