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1838: The National Anthem is now being sung signalling an end to proceedings here at Robert Mugabe Square in the capital. That concludes our updates. Thank you for joining us.

1823: Cde Khaya Moyo is now back on the podium and announces that the First Lady Amai Auxilia Mnangagwa has donated a hamper to each delegate.

1816: Dr Obert Mpofu has been appointed as Secretary for Administration, Cde Patrick Chinamasa is now Secretary for Finance, Major General Engelbert Rugeje becomes Secretary for the Commissariat, Secretary for Security Cde Lovemore Matuke, Secretary for Transport is Cde July Moyo, Secretary for Science and Technology is Cde Christopher Mutsvangwa, Secretary for War Veterans, Detainees and Restrictees is Cde Victor Matematanda, Cde Munyaradzi Machacha becomes Head of Chitepo Ideological College and becomes a member of the Politburo. Secretary for Legal Affairs is Cde Paul Mangwana, Cde Mabel Chinomona becomes Secretary for Women’s Affairs and Cde Pupurai Togarepi has been reappointed as Secretary for Youth Affairs.

He ends his address.

1803: The President has announced that he is delaying the appointments of Vice Presidents. Meanwhile, he has appointed Cde Oppah Muchinguri-Kashiri as the party’s chairperson.

Dr Douglas Mombeshora and his wife Dr Millicent Mombeshora follow proceedings

Dr Douglas Mombeshora and his wife Dr Millicent Mombeshora follow proceedings

1756: President Mnangagwa says the party has been revived and the party faithful should desist from violence during the 2018 elections as there is no opposition to talk about.

1752: “We must provide youths with answers rooted in the future…we must encourage them to part of our structures only then can we guarantee the party’s future,”

1750: He says wayward party cadres who have been forgiven should not think the party has forgotten. President Mnangagwa says they can only win at the ballot if they can show that they can revive the economy.

1746: He has asked the party members to vow that the evil of corruption should come to an end.  The President says some people sought donations on behalf of the party as they prepared for this extraordinary congress but the money never arrived.

1744: “The age of land barons and haphazard settlements is over,”

1742: His Excellency says the frustration caused by cash shortages is felt most during this festive season and in January as schools open. He says comprehensive measures will be rolled out and calls patience as the new measures adopted by Government will soon be bearing results.  He has also urged retailers to desist from profiteering and have people at heart.

1738: Government will accelerate the implementation of Special Economic Zones in order to lure investment.

ANC national chairperson and South Africa's National Assembly Speaker Cde Baleka Mbete delivered a solidarity message

ANC national chairperson and South Africa’s National Assembly Speaker Cde Baleka Mbete delivered a solidarity message

1736: President Mnangagwa says the Government will go on an aggressive fish breeding programme.

“We will also increase support to command livestock and fishery so that these have a huge input towards the revival of our economy,”

1730: ”Government will increase support to Command Agriculture which was facing sabotage. We will also increase our support to the Presidential input scheme,”

1729: “The task at hand is rebuilding our wonderful country. The Government will leave no stone unturned to fully exploit the country’s resources,”

1727: “I salute each and every one of you, I am proud to be your cde and I am proud that you are my cdes. Let us be mindful that Zanu-PF is not the party of its leader but of its members.I am just the first of equals. We are bound by the threads of our party constitution,”

1723:  “I am delighted by the resolve which you had during deliberations at this extraordinary congress. We are a competent and forward thinking party,”

1722: “Thank you very much cdes. This morning when I made my opening remarks I was the incoming President so I was careful in what I was saying, right now I am free to say what I want as I am your President. I give you my closing remarks then I will make some special appointments,”

1720: President Mnangagwa is now giving his closing remarks to mark the end of the extraordinary congress.

1710: Delegates to the extraordinary congress erupt in song and dance to show their support for the adoption of the resolutions without any alterations.

1705: Speaker of Parliament Cde Jacob Mudenda now moves the motion for the adoption of the resolutions without amendments. Cde Mudenda is seconded by Cde Monica Mutsvangwa.

The newly appointed Zanu-PF secretary for Administration Dr Obert Mpofu

The newly appointed Zanu-PF secretary for Administration Dr Obert Mpofu

1701: Cde Chinamasa is now requesting the extraordinary congress to adopt the resolutions of the special session of the Central Committee meeting.

1658: Cde Mabel Chinomona representing the Women’s League says the league had lost its integrity under the leadership of former First Lady Grace Mugabe. She says, as women, they are restless and will only be happy once Jonathan Moyo and Saviour Kasukuwere are brought to book for the crimes they committed. The Women’s League has also endorsed the resolutions.

1640: Zimbabwe National Liberation War Veterans Association Secretary General and Zanu-PF National Political Commissar Cde Matematanda has also endorsed the resolutions.

1611: Among the resolutions which the extraordinary congress is set to ratify the appointment of President Mnangagwa as the party’s First Secretary and be the party’s Presidential candidate for next year’s elections. Provincial party chairperson led by Matabeleland North chairperson Cde Richard Moyo now giving their messages to endorse the resolutions made by the special session of the Central Committee.

1558: ”It was a historic day in our party as the Central Committee met and made resolutions which will reverberate in our party for years to come. The interface rallies led to the sitting of the special session of the Central Committee.The rallies were used to sow seeds of division, hatred and tribalism. We also saw that the former First Lady had usurped presidential powers to fire party members at will,” says Cde Chinamasa

1552: Zanu-PF secretary for Legal Affairs Cde Patrick Chinamasa is now giving resolutions of the Central Committee held on November 19 2017.

Cde Joseph Chinotimba speaks to the media

Cde Joseph Chinotimba speaks to the media

1543: A youth representative is now on the podium and says students want Government to consider the issue of fees recommending that fees be structured according to the salary structure of civil servants as they have the majority of children in tertiary institutions.

1536: Cde Mutsvangwa praises First Lady Amai Mnangagwa for sitting with fellow delegates instead of elbowing her way to the top table by virtue of being the First Lady.

1533: War veterans leader Cde Christopher Mutsvangwa is now on the podium and says they have travelled a long in fighting the G40 and along the way, there have been heroes and heroines who include Cdes Shuvai Mahofa, Esphina Nhari and Jah Prayzah. He praises President Mnangagwa for refusing to have praise songs in his honour.

1527: Chief Charumbira says come the campaign trail for the 2018 harmonised election will see chiefs work hand in hand with war veterans. He praises President Mnangagwa as an action-oriented leader who doesn’t survive on factionalism and rumour mongering.

1525: “We came here to congratulate you Zanu-PF because you did something good and commendable as traditional leaders. We were also worried that you were not acting while our party was going down the drain….it had become a taboo to be seen talking to anyone deemed unacceptable, we had become a party of spies but now we have freedom of association. You learnt that the party cannot stand without war veterans and we hope this is the final lesson members of the party will heed regards the importance of war veterans in this party….as a chief we have also learnt that I as a chief should not allow my wife to preside over cases,” says Chief Charumbira.

1520: We are now moving to local groupings who will give their solidarity messages starting with traditional leaders followed by war veterans then students. President of the Chiefs Council Chief Fortune Charumbira now giving his solidarity message of behalf of other chiefs.

1429: Solidarity messages continue, so far we have had presentations from the Democratic Party of Malawi, Progressive Democratic Party of Malawi, Frelimo, People’s Party for reconstruction and democracy of DRC, Patriotic Party of Zambia, Communist Party of China and the Botswana Democratic party.

1340: We now move to the solidarity messages starting with one from South Africas ANC which will be presented by the party’s national chairperson Cde Baleka Mbethe.

Delegates representing sister liberation war parties are also present

Delegates representing sister liberation war parties are also present

1336: Cde Muchinguri-Kashiri lauds the war veterans for the role they played leading to the new dispensation.

“We now see light at the end of the tunnel due to your astute leadership President Mnangagwa, within the few weeks you have been at the helm has seen a lot of changes in the economy,”

1326: Master of Ceremonies Cde Khaya Moyo has now called Cde Oppah Muchinguri-Kashiri to give the Vote of Thanks.

1315: President Mnangagwa now tables the central committee report and ends his address.

Commander Defence Forces General Constantino Chiwenga and his wife, Mary, follow proceedings

Commander Defence Forces General Constantino Chiwenga and his wife, Mary, follow proceedings

1312: “Let us commit to uniting the party membership. The disintegration of the party must never be allowed again,”

1309: President Mnangagwa says the party should shift focus and now instead of being a party of politics and politics alone but must become about a party of politics and economy.

“My Presidency is not to be seen as a rise of a certain region or tribe but should be seen as rise of total unity. I am an emissary of all veterans and heroes dead or live. I am a President for everyone,”

1304: “War veterans should be at the core of all this. Their value is greater than their vote. We must stop being a party of the past but become a party of the future,”

1302: ”We must now focus on rebuilding our party and restore the confidence of the people which had been lost because of this cabal (G40),”

Cde Sydney Sekeramayi and fellow delegates follow the proceedings

Cde Sydney Sekeramayi and fellow delegates follow the proceedings

1259: ”The ninth interface rally ended with me being likened to a snake whose head had to be crashed. This was all said by people who have little history in the liberation of the country….Let us draw lessons from all that has happened, revolutions get infiltrated but let us not lower our guard ever again. Let us remain genuine cadres instead of careerist who focus on self-gain and enrichment. In the future, let’s remain disciplined, disciplined and disciplined,”

1256: “Our history and legacy were under threat from the G40 cabal which had divided the party. Party structures were overrun, corrupt activities were daily sanitised, the country was violated with impunity. The so-called youth interface rallies were not mobilisation but were agendas,”

1252: “I would like to salute CDF Constantino Chiwenga and the entire ZDF and also the war veterans who remained resolute despite being condemned at times but they indeed remained resolute…The people of Zimbabwe showed that they are united by the Zimbabwe flag, national anthem and legacy. The voice of the people is the voice of God,”

1248: “Above all, we must ensure peace in our land. We who are called upon to lead the party must always remember that we are servants of the party and the nation…a new era of prosperity for our people is in the making,”

President Emmerson Mnangagwa

President Emmerson Mnangagwa

1247: The 2018 general elections will be held as scheduled.

1244: His Excellency pays his respects to liberation struggle forebearers saying the duty to continue the struggle is a collective effort. He describes Zanu-PF as a great party and so is its history. He says it’s a party tied to the people through blood shed during the liberation struggle.

“It must be an instrument available to a national purpose…our party must be an instrument for the realisation of the collective dreams of our people…that is our duty as a party of national liberation which wields power responsibly. Democracy and respect for the rule of law runs through the veins our party since independence,”

1238: President Mnangagwa says every member of the party shall have the duty to be loyal, abide by the party rules, understand party principles, defend the party and popularise the party’s principles as well as not bring the name of the party into disrepute.

1235: President Mnangagwa is now on the podium. He says he is humbled and honoured to greet and welcome all delegates to the congress. He recognises the sister liberation struggle parties that they shared the trenches with.


1231: Dr Mpofu describes President Mnangagwa as a caring and loving father, an attentive listener, man of the people, large-hearted unifier and is an inspiration of confidence and hope among his countrymen. While most would like to call him Ngwena or INgwenya, which may explain his alertness, he remains as soft and as tender as an African mother’s love. He has now called the President to give his keynote address.

1224: Dr Mpofu says recent events saw the party go on a drive of self-destruction. Party meetings and gatherings, he says, became unpredictable and turned into platforms of disunity. He says party cadres within the rank and file as well the war veterans became routine targets of abuse. He laments the random expulsions of the party faithful by political turncoats who ran the party as they pleased. He says the former President Cde Mugabe had completely lost control of the party.

1218: Dr Mpofu is now giving his welcome address after which he will invite President Mnangagwa to give his keynote address.

1203: Delegates are now being presented to the congress and they are making their presence felt through song and dance.

1201: Dr Mpofu has also warned Harare delegates to behave saying President Mnangagwa is a strict disciplinarian.

War Veterans leader Cde Christopher Mutsvangwa dances to Jah Prayzah's Kutonga Kwaro

War Veterans leader Cde Christopher Mutsvangwa dances to Jah Prayzah’s Kutonga Kwaro

1158: Cde Khaya Moyo castigates Harare Province delegates for being unruly during Cde Chikukwa’s address and especially so in the presence of President Mnangagwa. He now invites the Acting Secretary of Administration Dr Obert Mpofu to present delegates to the extraordinary congress.

1154: Master of Ceremonies Cde Simon Khaya Moyo calls for chairpersons that will be invited to the podium to make welcome remarks only and make no salutations as they’re known. The speakers should get straight to the point. Cde Miriam Chikukwa is now making her welcome remarks as the Minister of State for Harare Provincial Affairs.

Cde Oppah Muchinguri-Kashiri shares a joke with ZRP Commissioner-General Augustine Chihuri while Cdes Shiri and Khaya Moyo look on

Cde Oppah Muchinguri-Kashiri shares a joke with ZRP Commissioner-General Augustine Chihuri while Cdes Shiri and Khaya Moyo look on

1152: He says the appointment of President Mnangagwa marks the start of a new era. Cde Masimirembwa narrates the process that led to the resignation of former President Cde Robert Mugabe.  He says the province is delighted to be at the congress and duly nominates President Mnangagwa to be the party’s candidate in the harmonised elections set for 2018.

1145: Chairman of Harare Metropolitan Province, Cde Goodwills Masimirembwa, is now on the podium.

1138: Acting Secretary of Administration Dr Obert Mpofu gets the official business started by reading the agenda of the extraordinary congress.

1131: The delegates are now on their feet dancing as Jah Prayzah belts out his popular song-Kutonga Kwaro.


1124: President Mnangagwa is flanked at the high table by acting Secretary for Administration Dr Obert Mpofu and Secretary for Legal Affairs Cde Patrick Chinamasa while the First Lady is seated with her fellow Politburo members.

1118: The National Anthem now being sung to start official proceedings.

1116: Whistles and ululation as President Mnangagwa and the First Lady Amai Mnangagwa make their way into congress venue.

Cdes Josiah Hungwe and Prisca Mupfumira

Cdes Josiah Hungwe and Prisca Mupfumira

1112: Tree planting is now complete and the programme now shifts inside where President Mnangagwa will give his opening remarks.

1054: The President is also officially opening a park which will be established at the Robert Mugabe square. The park will mainly be made up of fruit trees.

1049: President ED Mnangagwa and the First Lady Amai Auxillia Mnangagwa have just arrived at the congress venue. They are now planting trees at the venue to launch the National Tree Planting day.

Delegates wait for the arrival of President Mnangagwa

Delegates wait for the arrival of President Mnangagwa

1044: Delegates to the Zanu-PF extraordinary congress, which is being held at the Robert Mugabe Square behind Rainbow Towers in Harare, are now seated as they wait for President Emmerson Mnangagwa’s arrival. Only senior party members remain outside as they wait to welcome President Mnangagwa who is set to plant a tree as part of commemorations of the National Tree Planting day.

Around 7 874 people are expected to attend from the ten provinces in Zimbabwe, various Zanu-PF chapters in the diaspora and international friends of the party. Delegates will be drawn from the Central Committee, the National Consultative Assembly, Youth League, Women’s League and the Provincial Executive Councils. The duration was cut to three days from the previously suggested five days with the party leadership agreeing to cut the budget drastically. The congress is expected to endorse changes that came up as a result of Operation Restore Legacy.

Delegates making their way into the congress venue

Delegates making their way into the congress venue


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  • Fungai Kuzinya

    Jah Prayzah needs to be careful. He might just go down the Andy Brown route

    • General Nundo

      true this also happened to Simon Chimbetu

    • Cde Mzvinavhu(Prof)

      He just sang “kutonga kwaro gamba“ without mentioning any one`s name. Koinga Tuku sang “`bvuma wasakara“ some years back. Pane akabvuma here mazuva iwayo? Kkkkkkkkk! We should encourage and enjoy such cultural creativity and talents.

  • Common Sense

    Herald, will you give the same coverage (Live Blog) for the next MDC Congress?

    Or are you up to the same tricks as just being a pro-ZANU-PF paper with an MDC bashing agenda..

    This is a serious question

    • succuba

      Good question… I think we both know the answer…

      • TruthHurts!

        You are right Succuba. CNN will cover that. It is in their interests that they do so. They cannot let down their constituency, the US Senate whose sanctions vote is sooooo important to their struggle for US imperialism and MDC vassalhood in Zimbabwe. Even I would complain if Duffus, et al, did not get CNN coverage!

        • succuba

          You have suddenly become very childish… grow up.

          • TruthHurts!

            I am a child of Zimbabwe and am allowed to be childish. Zw is still a young country compared to some that have been in existence for over 400 years.

          • succuba

            Why have you stopped debating with me TH!?

  • Zoomer

    I guess Jonathan is watching with envy… I must see their faces today… kkk. Shows one day, your many sins will catch up with you

  • dr krieg

    I thought the army was supposed to be independent.. Zimbabwe is miles away from democracy.. unfortunately we became so obsessed with the idea of a post Mugabe era that people went on and pushed these guys’ agendas. I see no hope.. they blame sanctions for everything.. look, Zimbabwe has more than decent resources that if our leaders had the interests of the nation at heart.. we would have been in a much better position..

    • TruthHurts!

      Are you suggesting that as people chose to fight the liberation war under a particular party they must desist from doing so? Handiti mu-politics bato remunhu mutupo wake? Inga wanhi kana mukadzi akaroorwa anochengeta mutupo wake. Army yako iyo iri a-political ichazouyawo hayo makore achatevera kana vakamborwira nyika vapera. Parizvino ingoziva kuti i-people’s army. Army haingati-ka zuro uno yairwa nanaBennett , anaPeter Godwin nanaColtart (ma-rhodesians asingashanduke akangogaroteya kuti akawana mukana anobva atema semhakura) woti iwe kanganwayi zuro nehope dzamarota. Hazvinzwaro. Zvese zvine nguva. Chekumhanyira hapana.

  • Tavaka Zhou

    How about Andy Brown, First Farai, it is always good to stay clear of politics if your job is public dependent. Yes he might not be but just coincidence with euphoria as you say but …

    • TruthHurts!

      Music can be situational. Musicians are social commentators. Jah Prayzah wont go broke simply because the MDC constituency boycotts his shows. There are many national events he can be invited to perform and get paid healthily. He has already started making a name for himself beyond the boundaries of Harare. In fact, beyond that, to other countries far and wide. He is now unstoppable! Did you want him to sing a song for one of the perennial political losers he should have titled ‘Musoro waro’? He can, you know. He is talented!

  • TiriipaFio

    Is the position of Chair not reserved for someone from Matabeleland, oh ! no, from ex PF ZAPU member as per the 1987 Unity accord between the two revolutionary parties. I am lost. maibaboooo !!!.

  • Makanza

    Mai Mnangagwa vagara kune vamwe because she knows zvekubasa zvasiyana nezvekumba. You remember how #this Flag was shut down by ZDF in November – I am referring here to #this First Lady’s Ambitions to Govern. Then the HiPSTER revolution came tumbling down and did not see the light of day. Apa HiPSTER means High Powered Spouse-induced Turbidity at Executive Roles. Turbidity is in reference to the policy muddling & confused pronouncements that characterized those times.

  • TruthHurts!

    Good reading of the situation. At that point people will be aware of the importance of nationhood and sovereignty and sellout politicians would really be doing their selling out from the deep, dark pits of underground rooms where they cannot be seen. Today they actually pose for pictures and proclaim their treacherous activities to the country.

  • TruthHurts!

    Good try. Where also, does the constitution say opposition political parties can go abroad to visit hostile countries and beg for sanctions against their own country and people. Let me know that part of the constitution and I will join you in rebuking the chief.

    • Zapalala

      Kkkkkk l have been following your remarks but this one lacks maturity bro. The issue here is about the Chief not the demonic betrayal behaviour of the MDC Alliance we all loathe as patriotic Zimbos.

    • Tamuka

      You can also advance those ideas to be included in the constitution when we have another referendum. As for my comment i was referring to what the constitution says about our traditional leaders.

  • Zapalala

    It seems the born again Zanupf is indeed repentant. No more hero worshipping and personalised regalia . If they continue in this trend then my vote is for them in the next elections. Mr President pamberi / phambili/ kunembo / kopele / forward with unity and preaching of this peace. I am beggining to love u for once .

    • Chimurenga Nehanda

      But Guys what is the General and Police Commissioner doing at the Zanu PF Congress. These are servants of the State and must be aligned to any political party…………but its clear who they are and whose interest they gonna protect come 2018 Elections.

  • Cde Mzvinavhu(Prof)

    It is encouraging to see all indications that the Congress will result in a united ZANU PF that will ensure we win again in 2018 elections. Thanks to our new President who presided over it carefully to ensure the necessary unity after the positive political Tsunami that brought the necessary changes in our revolutionary party. We are confident to use all political opposition outfits for our political breakfast , lunch and supper in 2018 elections. Zvokwadi tinovadya vakasvinura sematemba! MDC US Alliance mupoto,mupoto! Moto ngawubvire in 2018.

  • TruthHurts!

    When we make statements such as ‘i don’t know how long it’s gonna take before you guys stop playing the colonization card’ I can immediately tell that the writer lacks political insight and understanding of the situation in his/her own country viz-a-vis interference by the globalists. Can you explain this; if it is not about colonialism and resource theft, why would a wellmeaning superpower entertain an opposition group a few days after the fall of a govt and the man they all despised? Why would people who had joined hands in celebrating this development with the incoming administration suddenly make a political u-turn and fall back on to their default mode…sanctions, human rights, democracy, blah, blah, blah, incessantly? Was it driven by feelings of rejection that no GNU was formed as it was the only way they can ‘steal their way into govt’? What is it that immediately sent them into acting ultra vires the wishes of the majority of the people and seek sanctions behind their backs? Of what interest is it to the Americans, if colonial interests are not involved, to immediately welcome and receive political rejects when the new administration had not even had its frst cabinet sitting after signalling a willingness to engage all countries on the basis of equality and respect for one another. So a bunch of self-absorbed political crooks whose political outfit has lost one election after another running to a country that has nothing to do with their country shows no intentions of having a colonial interest in the weaker country? Are you for real or you are just having a laugh?

  • TruthHurts!

    …just like that lyricist par excellence Leonard Karikoga Zhakata and Thomas Mapfumo’s music careers have reached stratospheric heights! I see…only that every word you have said is not actually making sense to me. I think I am much older than you think, old enough to have heard and seen Ngwaru Mapundu and Sinyoro Jackson Chinembiri play their box-guitars and sing (live) in Harare’s high density areas (locations of the time) and I hope that I am not talking your grandfather’s generation here!

  • TruthHurts!

    Is your doctorate from the same dodgy Sth Korean University that capped Cde Duffus of the MDC? You have such a baffling understanding of politics you must be a special case to your handlers! You have just confirmed that thinking is capable of causing migraine to those whose I.Q. is the same as their shoe size!

    • dr krieg

      Dude, this is the 21st Century.. try to catch up a bit.. get your head out of your @@

      • TruthHurts!

        It really must be painful to be an idiot but being a bell-end is worse!