Million-man march to shut down capital

HARARE - Zanu PF will today literally shut down the capital city as hordes of its supporters engage in a controversial “one million-man march” that will see them congregating at the so-called Robert Mugabe Square near the Harare Show Grounds.

While today is Africa Day and therefore a public holiday, residents of Harare will be certainly caught up in the march that is being staged in support of 92-year-old President Robert Mugabe.

From the information  released by the Zanu PF youth league that is organising the event, the controversial demonstration dubbed one million-man march will see roads such as  Samora Machel Avenue, Robert Mugabe Road, Second Street, Rotten Row and Prince Edward Road and several other feeder roads being affected.

Zanu PF youth league  deputy secretary Kudzanai Chipanga told the Daily News that provinces will camp at designated provincial assembly points just outside the central business district.

He said more than one million party supporters will descend on Harare since some provinces “did extremely well in terms of mobilisation”.

“It’s all systems go now because we have done what was supposed to be the difficult part that is mobilisation but we surprised even ourselves in that regard as we expect more than one million people after some provinces surpassed what we had envisaged.

“Yet transport is not a challenge because Zanu PF is one of the biggest and oldest political parties so that is solved. By tomorrow, (today) everything will be in place,” Chipanga told some stakeholders during a tour of the venue yesterday.

The  National Sports Stadium has been reserved for  all Matabeleland provinces as well as Midlands,  while party supporters from Mashonaland West will assemble at Kensington Shopping Centre and East 24 will play host to Manicaland and Mashonaland East provinces.

Harare province  will assemble at Raylton Sports Club with Rufaro Stadium hosting Masvingo. Mashonaland Central province will be at corner Cork Road and Sam Nujoma Street near the South African Embassy.

The provinces are expected to then march from these points from 0900 hours towards “Robert Mugabe Square” (which opposition parties refer to as Freedom Square) where they will be addressed by the party’s nonagenarian leader.

Comments (7)

afta running down zupco into a scrap/junk yard, zanu has resorted to impounding school buses to ferry early morning drunken pple to its 'million' fools parade! i took the inscription ''CAUTION:CHILDREN ON BOARD'' seriously and exercised caution as i overtook a number of buses along my way. most of the participants i saw as i passed one of the assembly points are adults that are quite old to be classified as yutz! what are these fools going to shut down when the day is a holiday without much city activity?! only vendors are the affected lot as their wooden stalls and counter tops are closed & staked supposedly due to fear of being harassed by, and losing their wares to the marauding 'million' fools. rhobhati's iconic stature has rusted so much that his cronies are attempting, with so much failure, to galvanise him without addressing the agent bringing about the corrosion. how are these frost bitten, poorly fed & scantly clothed poor villagers & resettled peasants ferried in cold weather going to help the disintergrating party? how are they going to put a halt to the pulvarised economy? how are they going to plug the mass-border jumping, human trafiking, poarching, fraud, corruption etc. Are they, at least going to be enlisted for for induction to the 1m jobs leaving an excess of 1.2m, or they are going to queue to receive their share of the US$15b?? then each of the 1m pple has two chances today; either a job or US$15000.00 !! without any of these two, there is no need to congregate!

SaManyika Chaiye - 25 May 2016

If you see a million people marching without guns pointed at their heads then you can only conclude they are happy with the status quo. They are very happy with the way they survive in Zimbabwe. Whoever thinks Mugabe is the problem in Zimbabwe may now learn what some of us has been saying for ages. The problem lies with the Zimbabweans. Zvihuta, only fit for consumption by Mugabe and his cronies.

Masamba Akareyo - Tanganda - 25 May 2016

@samanyika,yu had yo march which attracted 800 participants,now its our turn,this country is great,thats why yu overtook buses on your way to secretly join the historic march,for once,@samanyika stop being critical and take stock,since 1980,how many people now have housing,piped water,electricity,education,land?for us whose parents were marginalised by the colonial regime,we are forever grateful to our liberators,ofcourse,the colonists had local collobarators,its only natural that they pour scorn on our advancements

truth - 25 May 2016

i did took stock already @truth and i saw for myself that poverty have eclipsed a number of pple to the extent of following yu blindly! pple who are used to travelling on foot for miles have been enticed by the impounded school buses to have a rare ride to harare for some gathering whose agenda they are unaware of. as for dvpts since 1980, my buddies from eastern surburbs last saw piped water in 2003 and all new illegal settlements dont have water & sewer reticuation! as for education pvt kolleges are mushrooming as poor teachers are teaming up to open sub-standard xools afta they fled gvt employment. varsities are accessed by those who can afford & the uz is now full of ovanight phd alumuni(yu kno 1 infamous doc). zesa is losing millions worth of cabling to thieves because lines are not live most of the times. thousands are being conned of they hard earned cash by bogus housing pjts that are allocating them on wetlands or double allocating land already owned by philip! as for (arable) land, i will not say as famine is ravaging without restraint. can yu see that the stock-room is empty? yu are mentioning these facilities/infrastructure in summary without detailing the state of affairs @truth, thats y yu are a hypocrite to many.

SaManyika Chaiye - 25 May 2016

@samanyika,if being grateful for the 400ha farm i have and the hunting concession i have and my flourishing business is being a hypocrite,then call me it

truth - 25 May 2016

and its another day wasted! gathering to listen to the same old story of being accompanied by Tawangwena to cross the river into Moza; then its dismiss! what is rhobhati's nom de guerre by the way?

SaManyika Chaiye - 25 May 2016

A very rich individual within na economy thats imploding. A very rich individual when government that has given you all this wealth is failing to pay wages for its workforce. Something is definitely wrong.

Mfowethu - 27 May 2016

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