LIVE: Million-Man March, (25 May 2016) – in Solidarity with the Iconic leadership of President Mugabe

UPDATES: Nyemudzai Kakore, Daniel Nemukuyu, Innocent Ruwende, Believe Nyakudjara. EDITOR: Happiness Chikwanha and Musah Gwaunza

SOCIAL MEDIA: Timothy Elson Maponga

24 May: The Herald gives you live updates of the One Million-Man March being organized by the Zanu-PF Youth League and to be held on May 25, 2016.

The preparatory committee of the Youth League held its last meeting yesterday with officials saying all was in place for the march. War veterans have also announced that they are duty-bound to participate in the march, which is being held to celebrate the “visionary and iconic leadership of President Mugabe”.

The Youth League has also created assembly points from where its members will march to the venue, the Robert Mugabe Square near Rainbow Towers Hotel.

Masvingo and Mashonaland East will gather at Rufaro Stadium, Manicaland at Raylton Sports Club, Mashonaland West at Kensington Shopping Centre and Mashonaland Central opposite the South African Embassy. Midlands and Matabeleland provinces will assemble at the National Sports Stadium.


18:50 - Zanu PF provincial Chairperson for Matabeleland South, Cde Rabeleni Choeni says his province has mobilized a total of 21 buses which will carry people to the march on Wednesday for the Million-Man March. Other party supporters have reportedly opted to use own transport to Harare.

“We have mobilised a lot of people for this crucial event. A lot of people have shown interest in participating in the march. All the buses will leave their respective districts tonight (Tuesday) and we converge at the National Sports Stadium in the morning (Wednesday),” said Cde Choeni.

Pick-up areas will include Beitbridge, Gwanda, Insiza, Matobo, Mangwe and Bulilima districts respectively.


19:17 – Manicaland is geared for the Million-Man March with buses and resources having been mobilised in all the seven districts. Mutare Urban is leading the mobilisation efforts as they have managed to come up with 20 buses, enough for the city’s 19 wards.

Cde Mupfumi (File pic)

Cde Mupfumi (File pic)

Each ward has its own bus which is expected to leave the city at 4am, Wednesday. Each travelling delegate has food hampers lined up for them, with Dangamvura-Chikanga legislator, Cde Isau Mupfumi, saying $5 000 has been mobilised to cater for the welfare of delegates during the trip to and from Harare.


 25 May:  (Edited)


Meanwhile, Russian President Vladimir Putin has congratulated President Mugabe on the occasion of Africa Day celebrations which are commemorated annually on May 25, to mark the formation of the Organisation of African Unity on May 25, 1963.

President Mugabe is the only surviving Head of State and Government who attended the formation of the OAU in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

07:28 - The historic Million-Man  March organised by the Zanu PF Youth League in solidarity with President Mugabe is now in full force with party members being  accredited who failed to get their accreditation yesterday.

Zanu-PF accreditation officers grant attendance credentials to members of the Youth League Wednesday morning ahead of the Million-Man March to be held in Harare today. - Pic by Nyemudzai Kakore

Zanu-PF accreditation officers grant attendance credentials to members of the Youth League Wednesday morning ahead of the Million-Man March to be held in Harare today. – Pic by Nyemudzai Kakore

 08:00 – By 9am all Provinces had assembled in the designated assembly points where they would begin the march to Robert Mugabe Square, behind Rainbow Towers.

09:12- Service Chiefs, Traditional leaders, Politburo members, Central Committee members, Cabinet Ministers, Senators and Members of Parliaments will arrive from 11 am to 1:10.

09:28 - The two Vice Presidents Cde Mnangagwa and Cde Mphoko  are expected to arrive at 11:30 am

As early as 6am youths had started assembling at Kensington Shopping Center in Milton Park, Harare in preparation for the Million-Man March.

As early as 6am youths had started assembling at Kensington Shopping Center in Milton Park, Harare in preparation for the Million-Man March.

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09:30 - President Mugabe is expected to arrive around midday with the main programme commencing with the singing of the National Anthem.

09:56 - Several provinces are gathered at the National Sports Stadium. They are being given food and t-shirts for the march.

09:59 – The delegates used more than 50 buses . . .and more are still streaming in. They have come from as far as Victoria Falls. Sports and Recreation Minister Makhosini Hlongwane together with MP Tambudzai Mohadi are part of the crowd.

10:05 - Minister Hlongwane says the day is a very special one celebrating the various achievements of President Mugabe. He says it is important that youths have decided to honour His Excellency in this special way.

10: 09 – Youths are awaiting instructions to start marching to the venue.


Images showing activity from the National Sports Stadium. - Believe Nyakudjara

Images showing activity from the National Sports Stadium. – Believe Nyakudjara

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10:13 – A drone being operated by ZBC is the center of attraction at the moment.

Police details out to maintain order

Police details out to maintain order

10:22- Along the roads leading to Robert Mugabe Square police are controlling traffic as thousands march towards the venue.

Thousands march towards Robert Mugabe Square behind Rainbow Towers. - Nyemudzai Kakore

Thousands march towards Robert Mugabe Square behind Rainbow Towers. – Nyemudzai Kakore


Gokwe-Nembudziya Legislator Justice Mayor Wadyajena sleeks along Jason Moyo Avenue to Robert Mugabe Square. - Nyemudzai Kakore.

Gokwe-Nembudziya Legislator Justice Mayor Wadyajena sleeks along Jason Moyo Avenue to Robert Mugabe Square. – Nyemudzai Kakore.

 10:35- Harare Province has started marching from Raylton Sports Club

 10:44 – Thousands have already gathered at Robert Mugabe Square behind Rainbow Towers in Harare as more march singing and chanting slogans.

Thousands more stream along the streets of the Capital city towards Robert Mugabe Square, the venue of the main event of the Million-Man March being held in honour of President Mugabe. - Daniel Nemukuyu.

Thousands more stream along the streets of the Capital city towards Robert Mugabe Square, the venue of the main event of the Million-Man March being held in honour of President Mugabe. – Daniel Nemukuyu.

Kuwandisa More11:01 - As thousands gather, Dendera Artist Douglas Chimbetu is now entertaining the crowd.

11:02 - 

Thunderous! Thousands continue to stroll into Robert Mugabe Square ahead of President Mugabe's address later in the day.

Thunderous! Thousands continue to stroll into Robert Mugabe Square ahead of President Mugabe’s address later in the day.

10:04 – By 10:40 the thousands gathered at the National Sports Stadium have started to march into town to join the rest of the provinces at Robert Mugabe Square, the main venue of the event.

11:08 – By 10:50 Masvingo province has started marching from Rufaro Stadium in Mbare.


Colourful . . .Part of the members of Bulawayo Province read to march in honour of President Mugabe. - Believe Nyajudjara.

Colourful . . .Part of the members of Bulawayo Province read to march in honour of President Mugabe. – Believe Nyajudjara.

Massive . . .Thousands march through Belvedere along Samora Machel West into town.

Massive . . .Thousands march through Belvedere along Samora Machel West into town.

All in honour of the achievements of President Mugabe.

All in honour of the achievements of President Mugabe.

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11:33- Meanwhile the thousands from the NSS are now at the Exhibition Center as they march to Robert Mugabe Square.

Zanu-PF Political Commissar Cde saviour Kasukuwere looks busy with the schedu. To the left is Cde Dexter Nduna . - Pic by Nyemudzai Kakore

Zanu-PF Political Commissar Cde saviour Kasukuwere looks busy with the schedule. To his left is Cde Dexter Nduna . – Pic by Nyemudzai Kakore

11:38 – Meanwhile thousands have taken positions at the main venue.

Other VIPs already at the venue include Zanu PF spokesperson Cde Khaya Moyo and Manicaland Provincial Affairs Minister Mandi Chimene.

Other VIPs already at the venue include Zanu PF spokesperson Cde Khaya Moyo and Manicaland Provincial Affairs Minister Mandi Chimene.

 11:41 – Thousands continue streaming into Robert Mugabe Square . . .

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Party members stream into Robert Mugabe Square holding banners and flags as they chant revolutionary songs. - pic by Nyemudzai Kakore.

Party members stream into Robert Mugabe Square holding banners and flags as they chant revolutionary songs. – pic by Nyemudzai Kakore.

Members of the Apostolic sects have arrived while singing mutungamiri Gabriel Tungamira . . .Pic by Nyemudzai Kakore.

Members of the Apostolic sects have arrived while singing mutungamiri Gabriel Tungamira . . .Pic by Nyemudzai Kakore.

 11:46 - The Herald can confirm that delegates from Harare, Manicaland and Mashonaland  East provinces have arrived at the Venue.

Cde Pupurai Togarepi (right)and Minister of State for Liaising on Psychomotor Activities in Education Cde Hungwe (left) are now sitted at the venue.

Cde Pupurai Togarepi (right)and Minister of State for Liaising on Psychomotor Activities in Education Cde Hungwe (left) are now sitted at the venue.


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More keep streaming towards the main venue of the Million-Man March.

More keep streaming towards the main venue of the Million-Man March.

12:06 – Other dignitaries who have arrived at the venue include Defence Minister Cde Sydney Sekeramayi, Environment Water and Climate Minister Cde Oppah Muchinguri, Harare Provincial Affairs Minister Cde Miriam Chikukwa and  Higher and Tertiary Education Minister, Cde Jonathan Moyo.

12:18 -  Vice President Mphoko has arrived. Information, Media and Broadcasting Services Minister Chris Mushowe is at the venue as well.

12:28 -  Secretary for Adminstration Cde Ignatius Chombo is here. Meanwhile Gospel singer Mathias Mhere is now entertaining the crowd.

12:58- Zim Dancehall musician Soul Jah Love entertaining the crowd.

 12:59 – His Excellency President Mugabe arrives amid thunderous applause!

13:01 - President Mugabe’s son Chatunga has entered the venue.

Preparing for President Mugabe's grand entry into the venue . . .

Preparing for President Mugabe’s grand entry into the venue . . .


Massive crowd . . .waiting for President Mugabe's address at the occasion of the Million-man March at Robert Mugabe Square.

Massive crowd . . .waiting for President Mugabe’s address at the occasion of the Million-man March at Robert Mugabe Square.


13:13 – President Mugabe has entered the venue accompanied by First Lady Dr Grace Mugabe and Deputy Youth League secretary Cde Kudzanai Chipanga.

13:14 – National Anthem under way . . .

13:16 – Bishop Trevor Manhanga conducts the opening prayer.

13:27 - The MC is now introducing all the provinces.

13:29 – Cde Sandi Moyo leads the Women’s League Executive in chanting slogans.

13:30 – National Youth League executives take to the ground to chant their slogan as they greet the President. The MC is Cde Innocent Hamandishe.

13:32 – Cde Chipanga takes to the podium to introduce members of the Youth League Executive.

13:33 – Chipanga announces that several churches, business people, chiefs and thousands from the various corners of Zimbabwe are represented.

13:34 – Chipanga invites Cde Chombo to the podium to meet the people.

13:35 – Vice President Mphoko takes to the podium to meet the people as he chants the slogan in isiNdebele

13:36 – Chipanga invites Vice President Mnangagwa who takes to the podium chanting “Viiiiiiiiiiiva Baba Mugabeeeeee…..Viiiiiiiiva Baba Mugabe…..!”

FRELIMO Youth League of Mozambique, SWAPO of Namibia and BDP (edited) of Botswana are also represented.

13:39 – Cde Lazarus Chintenga from SWAPO takes to the podium to deliver his message of solidarity.

13:40 - the MC gives a brief on the build up and eventual organisation of the Million-Man march.

13:44 - Cde Chipanga says they chose this day to be in solidarity with you after President Mugabe’s tenure as SADC and AU Chairman. “This has motivated youths to  praise you as youths rather than to wait for outsiders to do that for us.”

13:45 - He says Mashonaland East Province was the brains behind the One Man Million March.

13:46 – He says they are working with the Women’s League and the War Veterans. He emphasises that youths are children of War Veterans and that they have no option but to unite as they need each other.


13:49 - ”We now want what we have requested from the party to be implemented. We requested for the renaming of the Harare International Airport. But this is yet to be done.

The Youths are concerned about the economy of the country. We want to use you to open opportunities for the youths and achieve total economic emancipation.

13:50 We are saying type of currency is not an issue. We emphasize production. We therefore encourage our ministries to open up opportunities for the youth. The youth are worried about the way government sometimes lets the youth down.

13:51 Some senior party members are in competition of exchanging top of the range vehicles like they are changing shoes. That tendency by the ministers and Chief Executive Officers must stop. President Mugabe we do not see you doing this but the ministers have the guts to do that.

13:53 - We are worried that Government buys maize from outside the country. But we fail to pay our own farmers for the same from Rusape, Mutoko, Zvimba and through out.

13:54 – We are worried that most of the time we do not get executives and government officials in their offices. they are always out on workshops outside the country. Don’t we have venues here, says Cde Chipanga.


13:55 – We are worried about corruption. ZIMRA is on the fore front. “Mushandi wekuZIMRA akapinda basa nhasi, mangwana atenga motokari. Their lifestyle does not correspond with their earnings,” says Cde Chipanga.


13:58 - He says youth are being sidelined on inputs schemes. He requests that a Youth Input Scheme be implemented to cater for the million youth.

He also says they also need land, but emphasizes that not everyone can be a farmer. However most of the youth were born when the land reform programme was started in 2000.

He says land for the urban youth is appropriate even for residential stands and this should be done for the youth who could not benefit 16 years ago since they were still young.


14:00 - We propose that farms which are not being utilised be downsized. Those being utilised be left as they are for now, but in future should be downsized to also accommodate women and youth.

14:01 – Cde Chipanga also talks of the so called “makorokozas” or gold panners whom he says should be recognized so that they formalise their operations. he says youth were ordered from Chiadzwa diamond fields to pave way for big companies, but what happened-they stole $15 billion.

14:02 – He also calls upon parastatals to include the youth in their boards of directors as a way of making sure youth fully participate in the country’s economic turn around. He promises that, ”As the Youth League, we will prepare concerns raised in all Provinces.”

14:09 – First Lady Dr Grace Mugabe takes to the podium.

In her remarks she also emphasises the Women’s League support towards President Mugabe’s leadership.

She says President Mugabe is irreplaceable. She says he would rather continue with his leadership even from the National Heroes acre in the event of death.

14:15 – Mabasa ako aunoita ndiwo anoita kuti usarase hunhu hwako. VaMugabe mabasa enyu amunoita zvicharamba zvichingoita kuti murambe muri munhu pakati pevanhu.”

She thanks Cde Chipanga for the time she has been given to give remarks jokingly saying “ndikaramba ndotaura ndingazonzi, “ndaimbova munhu” and leaves the podium amid a thunderous applause.

14:18 – Legendary musician Oliver Mtukudzi takes the space with a song as he entertains the crowd in preparation for President Mugabe to come to the podium.

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14:31 - The First Lady, the two Vice Presidents and Party members are dancing to Mtukudzi’s “Tsika Dzedu.”

14:35 – President Mugabe takes to the podium as he chants slogans as he gives salutations (edited).

14:36 “Ndinoda kuvamba nekupa rukudzo kuvatsigiri vangu. ndichivamba na Cde Mnangagwa vanova VP vedu muParty, VP Mphoko zvakare . . .”

“Ndichitenda zvakare basa raitwa rekutsigira vadiki vedu nemusangano wedu. Ndinoda kutenda vaChombo Secretary ve Administration, nevamwe vatsigiri vari pano. ndoda kutendawo zvakare  . . .

President Mugabe at the podium.

President Mugabe at the podium.

 14:39 - He recognizes the Service Chiefs starting with General Constantine Chiwenga  and the rest (Service commission, judiciary, Senate, visiting revolutionary representatives from other countries.

14:43 – “Vechidiki vedu…mwanakomana uyu Chipanga, akati vane pfungwa yekutu vave nekurumbidza President we Party, wekurumbidza President weParty sezvaataura, nebudiriro yedu, nehutungamiriri hwatakaratidza muAfrica. asi zvikuru tichiratidza munyika medu se Zimbabwe. VaChipanga nevakomana nevasikana vese vamunotungamirira..mbiri iripo pazuva ranhasi iri kwamuri. Mati makashanda nemadzimai…tichivamba namai Mugabe, Mai Sandi nevamwe, tinoda kukutendai zvikuru-kuru.”

14:46 – President Mugabe acknowledges the success of the mobilization of the youth and notes however that some are reportedly still on their way to the venue although transport was the biggest challenge.

14:47 – President Mugabe is presenting his speech in Shona, one of the country’s main local languages (Analysis will be translated into English-stay logged in).

14:49 – Today is Africa Day, our day to remember how we started as the colonial victims. We are no longer colonies. We are no longer under the British, the Portuguese, the French . . .

President Mugabe also narrates Africa’s colonial history touching on the history of the Belgians in Congo and Tanzania under the British including Ghana, Nigerian, Ivory Coast, Cameroon and others.

He narrates how African nations fought against this colonial legacy leading to the independent continent Africa is today.

“Zvino kupemberera kwatinoita isu muno muZimbabwe, zuva ranhasi kwatiri isu raisvonatswa nevadiki vedu vemusangano, vanana Chipanga vachitsigirwa nemadzimai. Varatidza kuti kana uine chido chakanangana nezvisungo zvemumusangano, chazeyewa mumusangano, zvichibvumiranwa chozadzikiswa chichida kuti vanhu vabatane . . .hezvo chionai chidzidzo chiri kubva kuvana vedu nhasi,” says President Mugabe.

14:52- Iniwo ndinoti kwavari handina kana remuromo . . .(amid applause). . .rukudzo rwabva rwandidukupisa zvikuru. Asi Ndinoziva kuti nebasa randakaita, randinoramba ndichiedza kuita makaona mafambiro andakaita. Ndofunga makaona kuti pandakapinda mumusangano ndakambenge ndaenda kuGhana. Ndakambenge ndawanawo pfungwa dzekuti musangano wekuzvisunungura unorongwa sei. VekuGhana vakanga vazvirongawo sei.

Ndakanga ndafundawo zvakare kuti kana wapinda mumusangano unofanirwa kuzviisa pasi pehukuru hwemumusangano iwoyo. Vanenge vanzi ndivo vakuru vemusangano ndivo vaunofanira kutevera.”

14:59 – He says he was never found on the ambitious side of wanting to succeed the leadership that was in place.

He says when Ndabaningi Sithole had left, he was approached by the party and asked to take over, but he turned the offer down. however when it was confirmed that Sithole had gone for good, the party elders convinced him to come and lead the party with the support of the congress at home.

15:00 – “Takazodana vana Mnangagwa ava, vachibva kuchikoro…nana Sekeramayi ndokuvapa zvigaro zvakanga zviripowo. Ndiri kuda kukuburitsirai pachena kuti haisi tsika yedu yekugambira kuti ndive zvakati…kana kuenda kun’anga. Hatina musangano isu wataisarudzirwa nen’anga kuti uyu toda kuti azova chakati. Ngazvive sarudzo yevanhu . . .mumusangano toita congress dzedu, ndo panosarudzwa vanhu.

Zvese zvanga zvichiitika zvekuti kune faction yanhingi, zvitsva kwatiri. Zvinokanganisa musangano. Pawaiswa uri ipapo ndipapo…woita basa uri ipapo. Kwete kuda kupinga vamwe ndare. harisi bhora iri.

15:04 - He says factions ruin the party and members should be satisfied with their positions

15:07 - ”Dzimwe nguva unonzwa munhu ari mu province achiti izvi hazvingaitwe izvi ndisingade inini. Unenge uri ani unoti izvi hazvingaitwe izvi. Province inofanirwa kugara pasi kana iine zvaiinazvo, zvozeyewa neruzhinji.

15:12 - VaChitepo vaishanda variko uko, kuTanzania, tikavakumbira kuti vaite chairman we Party. Vabhanwa kuTanzania ikoko takavakumbira kuti chihuyai muite dare reChimurenga…vakauya.

Vakanga vasina kusunga vakaita sana Shamuyarira, ana Simpson Mtambanengwe nevamwe vose vakanga vari kunze vava Tongogara, vana Hamadziripi, vese naRugare Gumbo uyo, akazouya uyu achibva kuCanada kwaakanga aenda kunodzidza . . .vana Kangai vese…saka VaChitepo ndipo pavakavamba dare reChimurenga.

He says the party later gathered at a hotel in Highfield and said since Chitepo had died, Va Mugabe you should go and assume Chitepo’s duties. Others who were asked to accompany President Mugabe refused but the late Cde Edgar Tekere agreed and the two were accompanied by Chief Rekayi Tangwena to cross the border on their way to Tanzania through Mozambique.

15:13 - President Mugabe says it was a task they had been given by the party and they had to accept and execute it. He says they did not however proceed to Tanzania but ended up remaining in Mozambique as they joined colleagues from ZAPU…the likes of JZ Moyo and together worked together as they went for negotiations with the British.

He says this was after a word of advice from Julius Nyerere and Kenneth Kaunda . . .and the result is what persists today with Vice President Mphoko from PF-Zapu and Vice President Mnangagwa from Zanu to form Zanu-PF.

15:17President Mugabe switches to English for the benefit of those who do not understand Shona language.

15:19 - He says the youths met some “discouraging words even amongst us but they persisted” . . .but  the Youth were determined and they had a plan. And today they have succeeded.

15:20 “The glory you are giving the President but the President says, it’s our glory together. A glorious day for the party, a glorious day for everyone. It’s a day you have organized well…a day which the Lord has made a glorious act. We thank the Lord . . .

15:24 – He says his biggest message is that of unity among all tribes. Be it the Kalangas, the Zezuru’s, the Ndebeles..all should be invited. The second is “Land to the people . . ”

15:26 – VaChipanga, you should remember that 20 years ago you were under baba naamai. So, you were part of the family. But as you say now you are mature people and you say you deserve to be your own landowners . .we will read the list of concerns you have written to us and will provide answers to most of them. But it may not be possible to provide each and everyone a piece of land . . .but every person at least should own a piece of land to at list build a home . . .” says President Mugabe.

Kana ndichiti munhu wese, hapana rusarudzo apa…hapana kuti uyu ndewe MDC, munhu wese weZimbabwe ngaawane pekugara.

He emphasises that is is however not possible for all to settle in Harare as people should also exploit opportunities in other smaller towns.

15:32 – Youths must acquire skills and they should be educated.

President Mugabe also says there are tertiary and training institutions where youths can acquire these skills.

15:33 – President Mugabe also touches on discipline: “However let there be discplined. Our Youths must be discplined….avoid violence.”

15:34 - President Mugabe also says one thing he insisted when the march was being organised was” no violence

15:35 - He says Youths even outside the country have admired the Zanu-PF youth league, hence the march has  attracted other youths to join the party.


15:37 – President Mugabe chides those fooling themselves saying they belong to certain factions emphasising that there is only Zanu-PF. He also encourages the War veterans to work within the party.

“There shall never be little groups to promote so and so…those little groups are treasonous groups. They spoil the party. There is only one Zanu-PF. Why don’t you bring your criticism to the party? Why go to newspapers . . .The Daily what? The Daily nonsense . . .you are just helping these little papers’ lifes . . .the stories . . .the First lady this and that . .Nonsense! The Party was never founded on other principles other than principles of unity, togetherness and harmony…not disharmony!”, says President Mugabe as he castigates the  media particularly the Daily News for publishing falsehoods.

15:42 – President Mugabe has also castigated rumour-mongering encouraging the party to remain focused. He says those with concerns should put them across with humility than back-biting each other.


15:46 - He turns to the economy. ”Are we creating more jobs, employment? Are we succeeding in industrialisation, beneficiation? Those are the jobs we want.”

“For now, do we have the food to take our people to the next agricultural season? Hatidi kuti ava vari kumusangano we opposition saka hativape kudya. Where do you want them to get the food?

Yes, tinotsutsumwa hedu kuti kana vaguta matumbu voti denouncer futi . . .requesting imperialists to impose more sanctions on us. Anyway, that is how our opposition behaves.  It’s quite peculiar. I wonder what ideas to improve the country they have,” says President Mugabe.

15:49 - On the misplaced calls for him to step down President Mugabe says it is for the people of Zimbabwe to decide, it’s for the ruling party to decide. Is the MDC sympathising with him as they call for him to quit? “Tiri tese . . .if the people say go then I’ll go. As long as I feel I can serve the people, I do . .but when the times comes I go . . .,” says President Mugabe to interjections from the crowd that he should continue and he laughs, “ah, hakuna kwandinoenda?”

He says the opposition was busy mobilising people that Mugabe must go,”ko ndinoenda kupiko,” he says to wild applause. ”VaMugabe says no, you go hang, hang yourselves,” he says.


15:53 - President Mugabe says he will look into the concerns of the youth through party ideology.

He says unity should start in families and regions must be united including all tribes.

He also touches on discipline even in the workplace as he castigates corruption. He castigates greedy company executives who are busy looting from their employers.

Let the message go that on the 25th of May the Youth in Zanu-PF organized on that day a Million March which was a tremendous success. A tremendous success that should be recorded in the history of Zanu-PF and in the history of Zimbabwe. You have performed well . . .,” says President Mugabe as he wraps up his address thanking the Lord.

“Zvimwe zvi party ngazvifunde kana zvichida kufunda kuti kuno organizwa,” says President Mugabe. He leaves the podium with PC Cde Kasukuwere taking to the podium to thank His Excellency President Mugabe together with the people.

 16:01- Kudzai Chipanga takes to the podium thanking the President, announcing that even a Vote of Thanks would dilute the rich speech delivered by the President. He invites the pastor to come and conduct the closing prayer . . .

The pastor gives a short sermon and closing prayer . . .

16:06We are now closing this blog. Thank you for being with us. Keep logged in for further discussion and analysis through the Disqus platform and other Zimpapers Social Media channels. More images from earlier activity will keep trickling in . . .

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  • Wezhira

    Common sense suggests that to ferry 50000 people from one province would require 1000 buses and these people are talking of 50 buses per province? And if people are saying they have 5000 for welfare of delegates from one province it’s clear most who attend will be left hungry and stranded even if we only get 10% of the 1 million….very poorly advices March by the g forty

    • Cde Njelele

      You are the unhappy Lacoste lot! Why push forward your pessimism?Its like a wedding party. Hitches can experienced but the big picture is that it is going ahead after the protests and denigration by Lacoste linked war vets,who are now running to join the match, with their faces and tails down!

      • PapiPacho

        it doesnt take a rocket scientist to do the calculations he has done. The man has a point unless you are saying the prophets will provide miracle transport and food

      • Mapfupa Amuka

        Njelele are u the one who wrote this article or rather, did u pass Maths?

    • Mamvemve

      Our solidarity march,against 200mill bond papers,will be bigger and more organized.

      • Mapfupa Amuka

        …if u are going to be allowed to march.

    • Vakapata

      They should be careful that the march does not back fire and the “million”
      go bad after realizing the folly of this march… How could they possibly control such a large no. of people….

      • bodo_kwete

        Iwe, these are zimbabweans. nothing of that sort can be expected from these zvihuta.

    • Jah Kapfupi

      It doesn’t have to be a million people mhani.

  • ndookubasakwedu (Lvt) ltd

    hopefully the high sounding billion or million march isnot funded by our tax monies, jus like the VP’s staying in a 5 star hotel.

    • Mapfupa Amuka

      I am 100% sure you know who funds everything in Zimbabwe. We fund ourselves and MDC, ZimPF, #thisflag are all funded by the West

      • anon

        Oh you mean you steal – just like ordering schools to release their buses and forcing businesses to fork out for these perennially useless gatherings.

      • Jamba mu zimbabwe

        By “ourselves” you mean our taxes even for me funding a political party I have never supported in my life. Are you not ashamed to have to rely on those members of parties you mention as being supported by the west funding your party?

  • Felix Kunakirwa

    Haiwawo vana njelele you making it sound like zanu has got 1 million youths willing to participate in this so called solidarity march. Some youths are actually being forced to participate, buses have been sent to tertiary institutions to ferry students whether they like it or not. This is a bogus march , an unnecessary expense . Channel those funds to the health sector were the money desperately needed. Dont force people to come and see how many will participate. Mukunyepera vanhu, how long shall you people go on like this , let the president know the truth, people are not happy and are suffering . Vanhu vari kudyiwa magaro nemadhakisi.

  • haiwawo

    And appropriating buses from schools to fund their fun rides because this is a broke party which can only do things by commandeering from those who actually work to build assets.

  • Guest1

    And all this while the country is burning. Zanu Pf is all about satisfying personal egos. In an ideal world people would put down the objectives of any action that they wanna undertake, do a cost benefit analysis and possibly priority list. Honestly this is no priority at this point in time when people including the very youth who are being forced to march for a scud or chibatayi munhu, have no jobs and don’t even know where their tomorrow is heading, the pensioners like Mbuya Va Hector will go to the bank in a week’s time and are told there is no money. Unless and until they realise that everything has its elastic limit beyond which it will yield and give in, its just a matter of time before things degenerate into a state of disaster. Cry my beloved country.

  • Tinovaziva

    I am lost here. What exactly does this prove really? Does this march give us jobs?

  • muchado

    are women allowed in this men’s march??

  • mapfungi

    Personally I don’t see any significance of this March…

  • Joseph Maphosa

    One thing that this march has managed to show is clearest evidence that ZANU PF leaders are selfish. Look at the amount of resources they have managed to mobilise in a short space of time in a stampede to express support for President Mugabe obviously in exchange for political power. Surprisingly, in the same provinces, people are hungry; there were no farming inputs; some people could not plant crops properly due to lack of draught power (no cattle); children dropped out of school due to non-payment of school fees, hunger and lack of school uniforms; clinics and hospitals in the provinces have no drugs; schools have no furniture and adequate classrooms (children learn under trees); even the youths who will take part in the march have no jobs (because businesses have shut down en mass) hence have all the time in the world to travel from Dete to Harare and back just to march. Why then do the same ZANU PF leaders who have shown much zeal to mobilise huge amount of resources for a 2-hour march not dedicate the same energy to mobilise resources to resolve the myriad of problems Zimbabweans are facing? This is a clearest sign that our leaders have disconnected with the people. Right now what problem is the President facing that he needs 1 million Zimbabweans to show solidarity and support by spending such amounts of money to march when the people are starving? My disabled sister took part in a food-for-work programme to make her children survive. But i have been told that they have not been paid for the work because government has no money yet the same government has money to bus and feed people from every corner of the country to go and march in support of the President. Has he not been winning elections since 1980 without the march? Is he not going to win elections in 2018 at the age of 94 without the march? Zimbabwean leaders should think about the general populace rather than only thinking about leaders all the time for their personal aggrandisement. Today’s leaders are a selfish and shameless lot.

    • bodo_kwete

      personality **. They are beyond repair. Once upon a time, we had Napoleon, Hitler, Stalin,Ceausescu, Amini and many other historical clawns who are remembered for the bad autocratic way of leadership. Mugabe is going the same way, no two ways about it.

  • Tsotso

    1) It diverts very scarce resources to where they are needed the least or not at all
    2) It is absolutely useless because we have marched for the same candidate for 36 years now, still has no faith in our support??
    3) It is done by very hungry youngsters who might not find work in the next 5 years
    4) No force is used this time around, they are coming at their own volition
    5)Might help find solution to our many economic ills

  • Mukuru

    After the March, then what? The youth will still be jobless, in grinding poverty, facing an uncertain future, then what?

  • Roy Moyo

    This march, using such large amounts of resources when people are starving due to drought and unemployment, was not going to happen if people like Leopold Takawaira, Jason Moyo, Hebert Chitepo, Josiah Chinamano, Alfred Nikita Mangena, Josiah Tongogara, Joshua Nkomo and others were alive. These were real revolutionaries who sacrificed their lives and education to free the people of Zimbabwe from political bondage and suffering. They should be turning in their graves right now. May their spirits rise and give direction to the country’s leaders.

  • samas

    If these million men had picked up picks and shovels,all roads will be done in one day

    • Wezhira

      They are commandeering our kids from school and college whilst theirs get an education and jobs abroad

  • munhu mutema

    If any of these people were employed,industry is functional,the fields needs to be harvested. Would they be able to take a day off and do this march and go back to work??

  • Left right Left right

    After the march jobs will be plenty, cash withdrawals will be limitless, Zesa will have enough power, the 15billion will be found, corruption will end, sanctions will be lifted. What more can we ask for.

    • Geshy


  • Harawa

    Right, I am on the ground. At best and in total calculated from the individual streams, there are 12000 pipo. M trying to post pics.

    • haiwawo

      Ndosaka tisiri kuona mapikicha all over nhai? kana kuti they want time to photoshop to give a semblance of the illusory overwhelming support?

      Which thick head would voluntarily march to celebrate decay and dreams deferred pedze odzoka kunzara and the hopelessness which the person they march for has created?

    • bodo_kwete

      Also trying to send pics from the ghetto. Streets full of peopl. Just wondering kuti harare province yacho chii kkk

  • Joze

    We need to be able to see through certain events! This is nothing but Zanu-PF playing a counter to MDCT well-attended march and we will all hear that one cannot compare MDCT mickey mouse demo to the one million march

  • anon

    Curious to see VP Mpoko being excited enough to exit his hotel paid for by the taxpayers of course because nothing in Harare is good enough and only a five star hotel can do for him, his wife and grandchildren.

    Ndivoka vamwe vari kuforerwa ava because they are the representatives of the head and embody his ideals else they would not be in these positions.

  • chinoz

    So one million people are going…inga

    • anon

      Zvipikowo. Madaranganwa anobuda nemupikicha mese munongoburitswa pane kabumbu kevanhu panhu pamwe. Vanoita zvekutamba nemillion! It would be funny if it were not so sad.



  • Masimba Musodza

    Napoleon had commanded that once a week there should be held something called a Spontaneous Demonstration, the object of which was to celebrate the struggles and triumphs of Animal Farm. At the appointed time the animals would leave their work and march round the precincts of the farm in military formation, with the pigs leading, then the horses, then the cows, then the sheep, and then the poultry. The dogs flanked the procession and at the head of all marched Napoleon’s black cockerel. Boxer and Clover always carried between them a green banner marked with the hoof and the horn and the caption, “Long live Comrade Napoleon! ” Afterwards there were recitations of poems composed in Napoleon’s honour, and a speech by Squealer giving particulars of the latest increases in the production of foodstuffs, and on occasion a shot was fired from the gun. The sheep were the greatest devotees of the Spontaneous Demonstration, and if anyone complained (as a few animals sometimes did, when no pigs or dogs were near) that they wasted time and meant a lot of standing about in the cold, the sheep were sure to silence him with a tremendous bleating of “Four legs good, two legs bad!” But by and large the animals enjoyed these celebrations. They found it comforting to be reminded that, after all, they were truly their own masters and that the work they did was for their own benefit. So that, what with the songs, the processions, Squealer’s lists of figures, the thunder of the gun, the crowing of the cockerel, and the fluttering of the flag, they were able to forget that their bellies were empty, at least part of the time.- George Orwell, Animal Farm

    ‘Comrades!’ cried an eager youthful voice. ‘Attention, comrades! We have glorious news for you. We have won the battle for production! Returns now completed of the output of all classes of consumption goods show that the standard of living has risen by no less than 20 per cent over the past year. All over Oceania this morning there were irrepressible spontaneous demonstrations when workers marched out of factories and offices and paraded through the streets with banners voicing their gratitude to Big Brother for the new, happy life which his wise leadership has bestowed upon us. Here are some of the completed figures. Foodstuffs-’ George Orwell, 1984

    • lot chitakasha

      Thanks for this!

    • Evans

      Prophetic indeed.



  • jj

    A resounding success indeed! just like any of our endeavours! We never fail, check our record!

  • chakondechako

    Zim colonised by hunger and poverty

  • Unendoro11

    zveku** izvi

  • Comrade

    Lol ,It will be on paper .

  • Cde Mzvinavhu(Prof)

    Reactionary elements painting pessimism on the MM, stand confounded . They should now compare it with the rally of their stooge leader , Tsvangirai, who developed stomach problems after being told by TB Josh that Cde President Mugabe was going to have a very successful MILLION MARCH time! Even the People First leadership are wetting their pants. What God has ordained,let no political sleep walking pedestrians poo poo!

    • Wezhira

      President RG got votes in 2013 after promising 2.2 million jobs…..2018 he will have to answer to 2.2 million jobless people vs your “1 million” ***

      • Cde Mzvinavhu(Prof)

        Yes we need jobs but your sellout party MDCT or whatever must unite with the majority of Zimbabweans to fight for the removal of sanctions so that the creation of jobs becomes easier. The assumption that sanctions were going to be removed after both parties supported the entrenchment of our land reform in our new constitution and having free and fair elections, was correct. But MDCT and the West refused to accept free and fair results and sanctions continued , thereby frustrating jobs creation. We will continue fighting until we create the jobs despite your stooge party MDCT still supporting sanctions.


      Cde Muzvi. Mafara ka. kkkkk.

      Unfortunately it does not change the fact that there in incompetency headed by your dear leader. After the MMM hopefully we will stop importing food, and jobs will be created.

      At least with the MMM you have managed to give 10 000 people some jobs for a day. 2.190million to go.

      • Cde Mzvinavhu(Prof)

        Plse refer to my response to Wezhira above .Yes the massive turnout for the march is a cause for celebration , despite the continued hardships. Literate Zimbabweans are not informed by sellout political parties. They understand the sanctions issue as punishment for our land reform. They will continue to back ZANU PF until we triumph! Its foolish to trade off land in exchange for temporary jobs. Land is more valuable that temporary jobs, as slaves to Boers.

    • T-gated

      Please keep God out of your Nazi machinations, and stick to your prophet TBJ and sanctions hymn book. There is nothing new here as Hitler and his generals did the same stunt using the SS to coerce people………..and you know what happened when it was time up for him. I only hope that Zimbabweans would have their priorities in the right places, with foresight, long term planning. Just imagine how many productive manhours have been lost by those praise singers. Ooops!!! by the way there are no jobs. Waiting to see the aftermath of this march. My score card reads MM 1Mil-0 Tsvangirai & Cabal, tongoti. Happy now Msvinavhu??????? So what???? mava nemabasa. nzara yapera. corruption hapachina. mishonga muzvipatara jahwi. USD riri tiiii. mvura magetsi hauzomboda. maIndustry ari kufaya. salaries and pensions are paid on time and up-to-date………..apa you are busy trying to score political points. YOU HYPOCRITES.

      • Cde Mzvinavhu(Prof)

        You dont need to remind us about the hardships, caused by sanctions.This march was not aimed at jobs creation on this day ,but to affirm support for ZANU PF and its leadership, while still fighting the economic war with the West. Its painful to suffer under sanctions, but don`t give crocodile tears while your party supports sanctions. Tsvangirai`s hands remain dirty for supporting evil sanctions. I wish him recovery so that he can face another elections defeat in 2018. I make no apology to stooges of the West like you.

    • zimbotry

      We DO NOT HAVE THE MONEY for this. People lack food, medical care, jobs and education and those in power spend money slapping each other on the back. What exactly will this abuse of money achieve

  • Hapana

    Hapana million apa

  • Mazodaani

    After illegally commandeering under government orders for a purely Zanu-PF party political march, all school buses available at the school’s expense and without insurance to transport other than school-children, it looks like far less than 100 000 supporters have been bussed in out the the million promised.
    Does anyone have independent photos taken by airplane or drone, for true estimates of crowd numbers that may only be a few tens of thousands from the whole of Zimbabwe?

  • Geshy


  • Gabriel The Angel

    We have a long way to go to redeem ourselves…..

  • karombe

    ndokuti chinyiko million man march? kushaya njere….

  • Mhofu Chaiyo

    Chipanga is making sense. It shows that President Mugabe is preparing a young generation to take over. Sounds good

    • Ngomalungundu

      Yes ,we are stepping into generational transformation phase politically.Its a process. The message sent to war vets is that ZANU PF needs young blood. Cde Chipanga raised a number issues that need improvement in the national interest. That self criticism of the party augurs well. He referred to war vets as `our `fathers“ to unite with in ZANU PF. The President urged the war vets to work within party structures to influence politics not as ZNLWVA. I hope Cdes Mutsvangwa, Matemadanda & Mahiya got the message. The clout of the young generation is rising in the revolutionary party for its future survival .The war vets are confounded.

  • Dr Dotito

    That crowd is the size of an ordinary rally. The only difference is that proceedings are run by theyouths.

    • dick

      youths pamberi nemi

    • Cde Samanyanga Dotito.

      By no means an ordinary one. How do you compare it with the recent MDCT one?Sour grapes for you Mujuru supporter! Ko yenyu rally iri poyi manje atenzi?

  • Dr Newton Galileo Einsten

    Today is a very important day for our continent and in deed our country as we observe Africa day . There could
    Not have been a better way to do so than to have the one
    Million man March . This historic ground shaking event , one sure to send a colossal blow to our enemies , is befitting of a man who has stood firm against the machinations of the west . It’s a pity I could not be part of this march as I am far away from my birthland . Thanks to perfectly working air conditioners , I would surely roast in this crazy desert heat . Seated next to that hotel where fork tounged Chivayo had dinner with our angelic and humble First Lady ( check with Shadrexk Mashayamombe if you doubt )I send my most sincere congratulations to his excellency. For the avoidance of doubt , I am here after being attracted to these lands by a company seeking only the best and isn’t that part of HE legacy , educating us all . May he live to continue to lead the country the way he does with unparalleled levels of selflessness and giveness to the national cause. We remember too his sense of forgiving . Not only did he forgive the barbaric murderous colonisers , he forgives his compatriots for otherwise unpardonable sins of factionalism , subversion , corruption and demonic attacks even on his person . Is it not a wonder to all , except himself , that his erstwhile critic , then a specialist at vitriolic and arsebic attacks on HE, has developed into the fiercest defender of HE. Only him can do those things . He is the only one who will resist regime change , we were reminded when he addressed Fort Hare . He will not go for that reason and that is understandable . No one doubts that . Even some ministers , Obert Mpofu is an example, admit none of them all is anyway near Gushungo. May Zimbabweans please in their numbers support this worthy cause .

  • bodo_kwete

    Big dhara Tuku **mwana. Too bad.

  • DK

    This is just massive. Ukarwadziwa ne Zanu-PF haupore…36 years waiting when some are already millionaires…

  • Mambo

    On live broadcasts streamed over the internet, lots of people seen chatting and walking around totally ignoring the President’s speech, or youth league members sitting heads down playing on their iPhones.

  • Mushonja

    inspired by the MDC-T marches few weeks ago. except ava vakopera vakawadzera

  • Bob

    ** izvo zvivanhu zvinoenda kunoita zvematuzvi akadai hazvina musoro munochema nzara imi muchirumbidza mbavha dzacho wake up zimbabweans dont be fooled by this ** Mugabe tsek mhani

    • Cde Mgagao

      Ko kutuka ihasha dzeku kundwa here nhaiwe stooge ye MDCT?

  • Zivi

    I do respect what people are doing and this was very successful, but the whole issue should not be about who can march better than who, the country belongs to us all and we should all march together. I hope we will not forget real bread and butter issues and start having marching competitions. I personally believe our problems are not political but economic, and economies are not built by marching or wearing flags.


    I am sure the Herald photographers brought small cameras, or were using their cellphones or is it Ceaser Zvayi instruction? The crowd was far far far much bigger than the small images shown. Even check on twitter u see better pictures. Mu Herald munenyoka inoda kurohwa musoro. Ve YOUTH TIRIKUZVIONA. If Ceaser is too old we want a youthful editor at the Herald.

    • Muchadura

      There’s plenty of live footage recorded on YouTube etc, showing the crowd was far far far much smaller than any claims of record attendance touted by the Zanu-PF Youth League. People are way too sophisticated to believe in photoshopped images nowadays.

  • Pastor Farie

    Do u get accreditation to attend a demo?

  • charakupa

    Question is did all these hungry people do this out of free will or they were coerced, directly and indirectly. kwanga kune sadza nedoro here?

  • jacktheswede

    And then..after the hulla baloo and a nice walk in the sun we are back to the real issues bedevelling these households…what a waste.

  • Masimba Musodza

    When the leader of the party is a nonagenarian, even a 75-year old khulu is a “youth”

  • Muzvinavhu

    Ndohwe zhara!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!