LIVE @Rufaro Stadium: First Lady addresses ‘Super Sunday’ rally

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First Lady Dr Grace Mugabe this morning addresses a church interface rally, code-named Super Sunday which is being attended by thousands of congregants from various denominations across the religious divide.

The interface rally comes after President Mugabe on Wednesday castigated fake prophets, who, because of the love of money, prophecy falsehoods to politicians who want to advance their political ambitions.

The Herald Online gives you live updates on the proceedings. Stay logged in. 

 ZCC Ruwadzano group entertains thousands of congregants attending Super Sunday church interface rally at Rufaro Stadium.

ZCC Ruwadzano group entertains thousands of congregants attending Super Sunday church interface rally at Rufaro Stadium.

10:54 – Members of various apostolic sects arrive at the venue with ZCC Ruwadzano group providing music.

Cde Miriam Chikukwa arrives at Rufaro Stadium.

Cde Miriam Chikukwa arrives at Rufaro Stadium.

10:59 – Minister of Provincial Affairs for Harare Cde Miriam Chikukwa has arrived and is dressed  in white apostolic church regalia.

Super Sunday 211:05 – Provincial Affairs Minister for Mashonaland West Cde Webster Shamu has arrived. He is looking sensational in an all white outfit.


Cde Shamhu dressed in all white for the Super Sunday rally at Rufaro Stadium.

Cde Shamu dressed in all white for the Super Sunday rally at Rufaro Stadium.

11:17 – Cde Anastacia Ndlovu has also arrived in an all white outfit. It is an all-white rally indeed.

Apostolic church members attend Super Sunday rally at Rufaro Stadium.

Apostolic church members attend Super Sunday rally at Rufaro Stadium.

Churches play a crucial role in uniting people irrespective of their tribes and races.

Super Sunday rally at Rufaro Stadium11:34 – Archibishop Johannes Ndanga has also arrived at Rufaro Stadium.

Church leaders ahead of First Lady Dr Amai Grace Mugabe's address at Rufaro Stadium Sunday afternoon.

Church leaders ahead of First Lady Dr Amai Grace Mugabe’s address at Rufaro Stadium Sunday afternoon.

11:39 – Apostolic sect members are still trickling into Rufaro Stadium . Meanwhile Cdes Kudzayi Chipanga and Ignatius Chombo are among the dignitaries at Rufaro Stadium so far.

Pastor Alwyn Bizure

Pastor Alwyn Bizure

11:47 – Cde Chombo takes time to greet Apostolic church leaders in the VIP tent.

Cde Anastacia Ndlovu (l) and Defence Minister Dr Sydney Sekeramayi at Rufaro Stadium for the Super Sunday rally.

Cde Anastacia Ndlovu (l), Defence Minister Dr Sydney Sekeramayi and Minister Mbwembwe  at Rufaro Stadium for the Super Sunday rally.

12:15 – Dignitaries have now taken their seats waiting for the arrival of the First Lady Dr Amai Grace Mugabe

0a1eb2f8-00a7-4c49-b3d1-51c502b5e21512: 25- First Lady Dr Amai Mugabe has arrived and going round the stadium waving at the congregants.

12:30 – National anthem under way.

59ff36b6-824d-4887-af44-d18369aa9dd412:33 – Opening prayer under way led by Bishop Mandaza.

12:35 – Religious minister Mike Mahendere and his backing group takes to the stage to perform the song, “Mwari Vanondigonera.”

Kudzayi Chipanga12:42– Cde Shadreck Mashayamombe is the Master of Ceremony. He is now going through the introduction process.

12:44 – Provincial party leaders and representatives of the Women and Youth Leagues chant party slogans as they introduce their leadership.


12:47 – Zanu-PF Youth League secretary Cde Chipanga greets the congregants, chanting the party slogan and warning those who “see themselves ruling in dreams.”

12:50 – Cde Saviour Kasukuwere dressed in all white greets the congregants. “Pasi pasi nevanopandukira vakuru vedu,” says Cde Kasukuwere.

He now introduces the party leadership present starting with Minister Miriam Chikukwa who goes on to chant a slogan.

394fb226-0110-4efc-813f-635f9541133b12:52 – Next in line is Minister Makhosini Hlongwane, dressed in a white apostolic garment.

12:53 – War veterans leader Cde Patrick Nyaruwata takes to the stand chanting the party slogan. He is dressed in a black suit.

Cde Sarah Mahoka (r)12:54 – Minister Patrick Zhuwawo is next followed by Cde Charles Tawengwa who is also dressed in an apostolic white garment and in contrast putting on a sun hat.

12:56 – Defence Minister Dr Sydney Sekeramayi is next and followed by Dr Chombo who is clad in a brown suit with a contrasting sky-blue shirt. He chants a slogan asserting First Lady Dr Grace Mugabe’s name.


Some of the congregants in attendance at Rufaro Stadium for the Super Sunday Rally.

12:58 – Harare Provincial Affairs Minister Cde Chikukwa takes to the stand for her welcome remarks.

“I request that we kindly understand that President Mugabe was not anointed by people, but by God. Now go and read Exodus 23 verse 22-23…”

“VaMugabe vanoda Mwari, ndo saka vasingade zve n’anga.

“Today it is not a mistake for the First lady to come and meet the congregants.

“No man, no man will remove President Mugabe,” concludes Cde Chikukwa.

Congregants attend the Super Sunday church interface rally addressed by First Lady Dr Grace Mugabe  13:04 – Dr Johannes Ndanga, Life president of ACCZ takes to the podium to read the day’s verse.

Dr Ndanga introduces some of the dominations present starting with Johanne Masowe yeChishanhu, Johanne Masowe Nyeredzi Nomwe, Jekenisheni, ZCC Mbungo, Zambuko. Guta raMwari, Christ Apostolic Church, Berthsider, Johanne Masowe Jerusalem, Johanne Masowe-Vadzidzi (Madzibaba Wimbo), St.John.

Dr Ndanga reminds the congregants of the role they played in Zanu-PF’s 2013 election victory.

Religious minister Mike Mahendere

Religious minister Mike Mahendere (L)

13:11 -“We are the ones who said the President should rule and die in office. Isu tikagadza maBishop, vatova maBishop kusvika vafa. Ini izvozvi nditori President wemachechi kusvika ndafa.

“So President Mugabe has the mandate of the people until he dies.

Dr Johannes Ndanga

Dr Johannes Ndanga

13:13 – There is political talk that President Mugabe and the First lady are two different people. That is very wrong to try and separate these two people. In 2014 we wanted to give the First lady a prize for standing by the President through thick and thin,” says Bishop Ndanga

made13:15 – “There are issues that we as churches want. We do not want to be under the Traditional Medical Council of traditional healers. We do not want.

We want free stands as churches. churches should not be dispersed from their holy shrines unnecessarily.

“Lastly we want our apostolic leaders to have power to preside over marriages.

Pastor Alwyn Bizure, one of the church leaders attending the Super Sunday rally at Rufaro Stadium.

Pastor Alwyn Bizure, one of the church leaders attending the Super Sunday rally at Rufaro Stadium.

13:25 – Church leaders in the meantime chant solidarity messages.

Dr Chombo and Cde Kasukuwere

Dr Chombo and Cde Kasukuwere

13:39 – All solidarity messages are asserting Dr Grace Mugabe’s name as an important mother who has stood with President Mugabe through thick and thin, and that her leadership role should go beyond.


Dr Philip Chiyangwa chats with Mrs Chombo.

13:45 – Some of the solidarity messages declare President Mugabe as Zimbabwe’s Life President. The stadium is now full to capacity and people keep trickling in.

13:50 – Paul Mwazha’s African Apostolic Church is also represented here.


Grace Mugabe

Dr Grace Mugabe in the company of Minister Makhosini Hlongwane

13:56 – Cde Hlongwane is at the podium, giving a few remarks to introduce the guest of honour, Dr Amai Grace Mugabe.

“These congregants are looked down upon in the areas they come from. They do not have better shrines. Where they have those, they are always dispersed randomly every other time.

They are therefore yearning for better treatment.

“They are those who condemn them that they worship from open spaces, but you will realize that where they have their shrines they preserve their environs.

“They also need to have access to affordable stands, Dr Grace Mugabe. These people have various ways of worshiping, and they have a role to play in the development of Zimbabwe. We can not have peace in the absence of these apostolic congregants.

Cde Edgar Mbwembwe with MrsChombo enjoy the proceedings at the Super Sunday rally.

Cde Edgar Mbwembwe with MrsChombo enjoy the proceedings at the Super Sunday rally.

14:00 – “These congregants, Dr Amai Mugabe, would like to thank President Mugabe for affording freedom of worship in this country. Please convey the message to His Excellency.

“We have here 531 denominations present. As Ministry of Sports, Recreation and Culture we would like to thank them,” concludes Cde Hlongwane, ending with a slogan.

An entertainment

b97bca0b-c682-42df-a851-725794f8903f14:09 – Jekenisheni Church choir has taken to the stage to entertain guests.

Jekenisheni congregants entertain the attendants. 1418 – The Jekenisheni Group is mesmerizing congregants with a flawless performance.

14:19 – Cde Kasukuwere is back at the podium to introduce the Guest of Honour, Dr Amai Grace Mugabe. Initially the indication was she was going to be introduced by Cde Hlongwane.


14:21- First Lady Dr Mugabe rises to address the thousands in attendance and starts with slogans in recognition of the congregants.

14:26 – Dr Mugabe starts by acknowledging the presence of all denominations by name.

14:27 – “Today is your day. We must worship all the time. We have to seek God all the time. We have to understand that we sin, as people, and that should make us seek God every time.

“We might be coming from different denominations, but the God we are seeking is one. We need to maintain peace. let us pray to God, thanking Him for giving us a leader, President Mugabe who preaches peace all the time.

eb29bb0e-e97a-4eda-8858-22339ce7453914:30 – We were under the repression of the British colonial government. We do not forget therefore those who fought for this independence. We do not look at people from an ethnic perspective.

14:31 – “Hatidi kuti vanhu vatitarisire pasi. Imi vanhu vechipositori, tiri vanhu vatinokudza, Tinoda kuti muitewo zvikoro zvenyu, vana vaende kuchikoro. Knowledge is power. Kana wava nefundo, hapana anogona kukuitisa zvausingade, nekuti unenge wava nefundo.

First Lady Dr Grace Mugabe

First Lady Dr Grace Mugabe

14:32 – Dr Mugabe says people must seek wisdom from God through prayer. She says she respects apostolic congregants and that their white regalia is as white as their hearts.

14:34 – “You work tirelessly. I see you at the borders, yes it might be difficult now because of sanctions.  But Zimbabwe is full of natural resources and the number one natural resource in this country are its people,” says Dr Mugabe.

Congregants at Rufaro Stadium for the Super Sunday rally. 14:35 – “Everyone in this country is important regardless of your physical stature.

She makes reference to Ephesians, Chapter 2 verse 10 which talks about equality.

14:41 – She says God gives people different gifts, and that was for a purpose.

Attendants of the Super Sunday rally.

Attendants of the Super Sunday rally.

14:43 – “Haubvise VaMugabe nekuti hausiwe wakavapa simba iroro. Unenge usinganzwisise nekuti mweya waMwari ndiwo wati unoda uyu. Vakasarudzwa naMwari VaMugabe, nekuti kana wisdom yavainayo ndeya Mwari. Vane chiremerera chakabva kuna Mwari.

14:44– Hanzi hapana munondo ucharwisana newe ukakukunda. No weapon formed against you shall prevail. Ukapira kuna Mwari matambudziko ese auinwawo, zvose zvinopera

Super Sunday14:46 – Dr Mugabe asserts that God’s plans can not be destroyed by human beings.

14:47 – She condemns those who are out to fight a God-anointed leadership and likens such people to moving graves.

She makes reference to  Proverbs 16:9 which says, ” In their hearts humans plan their course, but the LORD establishes their steps.” But at the end it is God who makes the final plan.

Super Sunday14:49 – She says she always thanks the Lord for everything that she does and achieves, and therefore encourages people to always thank God and pray to God for a plan. She also says those without a vision always try to fight God’s plans.

14:51 – “Hapana asingagone kuverenga ma verse ese aya. Asi kana usina kukomborerwa kutsanangura zviri muBhaibheri imomo haufe wakakomborerwa. Hazviite.

14:52 – First lady acknowledges the support Zanu-PF gets from the apostolic religious sector.

Dr Joseph Made (l), Cde Edgar Mbwembwe and Dr Ignatius Chombo attend the Super Sunday rally at Rufari Stadium, November 11, 2017.

Dr Joseph Made (l), Cde Edgar Mbwembwe and Dr Ignatius Chombo attend the Super Sunday rally at Rufari Stadium, November 11, 2017.

14:52 – She encourages people that although Zimbabwe is under sanctions, they should remain resolute despite those who try to accuse President Mugabe over the economic situation.

14:53 – “Ini handisi munhu anovhaira. Ndinoshanda. Kana muchida ndipei basa, ndinoita ndakasungunguka! Vanhu vanofanira kundinzwa kuti ndinogona basa…ndipei muone,” says Dr Mugabe

Kasukuwere 14:55– She revisits her Politburo experience when she joined the body by making reference to how Joice Mujuru faced her demise.

She says at some point she noticed there were some obsessed with chucking others from the party, but she proposed that the party had to chat a new direction focusing on economic issues.

Super Sunday - Cde Webster Shamu“That is when i said we are a working people and we can not always be a people who import food everytime. That was the time i spoke about this program called ‘Command Agriculture”..I am saying it for the first time.

14:59 – “Vagonhi vakabva vatanga kumhanya nayo, asi vagonhi hapana chandakaona chavakamboita.

President Mugabe vakazoti aiwa, rega ndizvitaura, pama Interface ralies. Baba vakazotaura, kuti ndiFirst Lady.

Johannes Ndanga15:00 – Dr Mugabe makes reference to the erroneous attribution of Command Agriculture to Vice President Emmerson Mnangagwa saying she was the proponent of the concept, meant to bring back Zimbabwe to the status of being Africa’s bread basket.

15:02 – Dr Mugabe reveals that VP Mnanagwa as early as 1980 had always harbored ambitions to wrestle power away from President Mugabe.

15:03 – Dr Mugabe says VP Mnangagwa when he looks at the President he does so with an intent eye full of hate.

A sheep crosses the turf at Rufaro Stadium during the Super Sunday Church Interface rally at Rufaro Stadium, Harare.

A sheep crosses the turf at Rufaro Stadium during the Super Sunday Church Interface rally in Harare.

15:04 – Dr Mugabe also says people should be content with what they have. They should accept who they are.

15:05– “Ane ruchiva murume iyeye (VP Mnangagwa), saka ndataura zva 1980, asi mazuva ese aya ndichigara nababa anoita twunhu twake achida kuvhiringidza. Vana vazhinji vakadzingwa vachidzingiswa naiye. I do not want to be blackmailed. No one is going to silence me. Handisini ndakadzingisa Mai Mujuru. Handisini ndakavatuma kuda kupanduka.

15:06 – She queries where factionalists get time to pursue factionalism when they are supposed to be working for people.

15:08 – Dr Mugabe says President Mugabe is a patient person, and that she also is not perfect as a human being. She says she has adopted orphans and she has assumed the name, “Mafirakureva,” someone out to always tell the truth.

15:09 – She says she heard about Lacoste and G-40 but failed to get any information about G-40, but she picked that VP Mnangagwa was that much associated with the name Lacoste. She says she confronted him in the Politburo meetings asking him why he was letting this demon of factionalism confuse him.


15:11 – Dr Mugabe says after the Mashonaland Central interface rally, Mnangagwa approached the President complaining about her remarks on him about factionalism. But the President told him the First Lady was a truthful person, but Mnangagwa expressed his cowardice and failed to defend his position over the matter.

15:13- She says at the 8th Interface Rally, they then confronted VP Mnangagwa about his efforts to dislodge Cde Kasukuwere. She also makes reference to him having left his wife Auxillia in position in the constituency he previously held, so how could he accuse Kasukuwere of nepotism?

15:14 – Dr Mugabe says youths were being dismissed from the party due to Mnangagwa and I said the snake should have its head crashed. “Kana munhu anetsa batai munhu, batai munhu…,” says Dr Mugabe.

15:16 – She says it was therefore time to deal with the serpent and crash its head, rather than have youths getting fired due to the VP.

15:17 – Dr Mugabe says at some point together with other women leaders they approached the President with a suggestion to make Cde Shuvai Mahofa (the late) being appointed Minister of Masvingo Province.

At first the President had reservations about Cde Mahofa’s health, but she convinced him to go ahead with the appointment. But VP Mnangagwa was not happy about the appointment. However the VP in the politburo meeting started to deny saying do not listen to barking dogs (imbwa dzinovukura).

15:20 – All these developments, Dr Mugabe says then led to the happenings at the Bulawayo Interface rally held yesterday. She says she had to expose the VP in Bulawayo yesterday.


15:22 “So yesterday, the VP planted people in the crowd (in Bulawayo) to boo me. But i am a hard core. I am made of steel,” says DrMugabe.

15:23 – She says she therefore declared that disciplinary action should be taken against Mnangagwa who was accusing President Mugabe of creating a dynasty, yet the VP left his constituency to his wife, Auxilia.

15:24 – She makes reference to how VP Mnangagwa danced to Jah Prayzah’s song, “Mdhara vachauya” at the Midlands Youth Interface rally, pointing at himself as the “boss to come,” . . .

15:27 – She says after her speech President Mugabe stood up against Mnangagwa and warned him he could drop him as soon as tomorrow, and that was when the Vice President got to know what kind of man President Mugabe was.

15:29 – Dr Mugabe says there were calls for the Zanu-PF constitution to be amended to accommodate a woman as one of the Vice Presidents. She says however not only the constitution can guarantee those positions as everyone is appointed at the mercy of the President.

She says it is up to the women to choose who should be appointed vice president.


15:32 – Dr Mugabe says when the constitution was amended, Cde Oppah Muchinguri and Senate President Cde Edina Madzongwe were in the legal committee but they let it go. However this time around the constitution has to be changed to reclaim the VP position for women.

She warns that women and youths in cahoots with Lacoste are gone!

15:34 – She asserts that Zanu-PF has one center of power, President Mugabe. She also highlights that all positions will be up for contestation at the upcoming Zanu-PF elective congress except the Presidency. All provinces have declared President Mugabe the sole presidential candidate in the 2018 national elections.

15:36 – She encourages people to go and register to vote so that they all turn up and vote for Zanu-PF in their numbers.

15:38 – Dr Mugabe says for Zimbabwe to develop, people should rally behind Zanu-PF as one party. She says only those who do not agree with the revolutionary party’s ideology are the only ones who are chucked out.

15:40 -Dr Mugabe urges apostolic sects to united and organize themselves so that they are not represented as small minority groups so that it can be easy for government to help them.

15:44 – Dr Mugabe urges churches to unite into bigger dominating denominations in recognition of their role in the development of the country. She requests the congregants to pray for their leadership, President Mugabe in particular.

15;49 – Dr Mugabe urges people to unite and be peaceful. She says they must not be deceived by VP Mnangagwa who claims that he has been poisoned when he can not back the claims and goes on to incite people to cause chaos.

15:50 – Dr Mugabe pledges 1000 tonnes of rice to the congregants in an early Christmas Box gesture.

15:52 – Dr Mugabe acknowledges musicians and Mike Mahendere in particular. She also asserts that piracy should be dealt with in order to promote the creative works of local artistes.

Dr Mugabe finishes her address.

15:55 – Mike Mahendere and his backing group take to the stage to entertain the thousands who have filled Rufaro Stadium to the brim to listen to Dr Grace Mugabe’s address under the rally code-named, Super Sunday.


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