Tribute to the late Dr Cephas George Msipa

Tribute to the late Dr Cephas George Msipa

WHEN His Excellency President Robert Gabriel Mugabe declared on behalf of the party and the nation, the national hero status on the late Cde Cephas George Msipa, he was spot on. The announcement conveyed to the Msipa family and the nation at large by the Acting President, Cde Emmerson Dambudzo Mnangagwa, took some critics by surprise.1710-1-1-cephas-msipa-dies

These are basically the MAFIKIZOLOS who really were never part of the liberation struggle and did not know the MAN. A frog remains a frog, lipstick or no lipstick on its face. Cde Msipa knew the pretenders as well, for their meanness and greed.

I first met C.G. as we affectionately called him, in the early 1960s when I was a student at Fletcher High School in Gwelo (now Gweru). He had visited us in his capacity of president of the Rhodesian African Teachers’ Association (RATA) with part of his executive, obviously on a mission from the nationalist leadership. We were excited and from that visit, we all knew the liberation struggle was on and irreversible. Cde Msipa was an exceptional nationalist and always focused. He was indeed a man of destiny.

He was a courageous leader who loved his country first and foremost. He spoke his mind with deep conviction. He was never a pretender. He played a major role in all nationalist movements, the African National Congress (ANC), the National Democratic Party (NDP), the Zimbabwe African People’s Union (Zapu), all led by the late Father Zimbabwe, Dr Joshua Mqabuko Nkomo.images
The split in the nationalist movement in August 1963 with the formation of the Zimbabwe African National Union (Zanu) led by the late Rev Ndabaningi Sithole shattered Cde Msipa. He had cultivated close friendship with virtually all the leadership in Zapu and Zanu. He remained in Zapu under the banner of the People’s Caretaker Council (PCC) as both Zapu and Zanu were outlawed.

Cde Msipa vowed to pursue unity between the two banned liberation movements. True to his conviction and determination, he remained our linkman in the country and was in and out of the country for special assignments. With his closest colleagues Cde Willie Dzawanda Musarurwa (late), Cde Ariston Chambati (late) and Professor George Kahari (still at the University of Zimbabwe), they were a remarkable team.
When the Patriotic Front was formed, Cde Msipa and others PF-Zapu and Zanu (PF) pursued the unity agenda vigorously, culminating in the Unity Accord of December 22 1987 between the two liberation movements. The product was Zanu-PF without brackets. Cde Msipa played a major role in this effort. We owe him and his late wife everlasting gratitude for his catalytic role.
Just, as a significant post scriptum, when the PF-Zapu contingent arrived back home from exile (Lusaka) in January 1980 led by its leader, the late Dr Joshua Mqabuko Nkomo, Cde Msipa and his dear wife offered us their house in Lochinvar and moved to a nearby cottage within the premises. The house was to be occupied by the late Dr Joshua Mqabuko Nkomo, myself as his special assistant and our presidential chief of security, the late Cde Albert Nxele. This was a touching gesture, which I will never forget.
CG was a political giant. A colossus. He hated tribalism, regionalism, factionalism, corruption, and never engaged in the politics of hate. He was not a liar nor backbiter, and never craved for favours. He respected the people and believed strongly that his purpose on earth was to serve. He served this country pre- and post-independence with distinction in all portfolios assigned to him. He worked throughout his life for unity, peace and development. He has left a legacy to be emulated by many. A principled leader, a man of admirable perseverance and above all a man of prayer.msipa
A man of great humility and impeccable academic and liberation credentials. An educationist par excellence and an author of great repute. He loved Zimbabwe. He had great respect for humanity. What was not his, he never claimed. He strongly believed that we must leave the world better than we found it. He has left a legacy which is unassailable.
I wish I had managed to say in person goodbye CG. Circumstances did not permit. I, however, believe very strongly that giants like CG cannot die. They can only depart for higher responsibility.
Go well CG. Go well Son of the Soil. Go well Man of the People.

Cde Simon Khaya Moyo is a Senator, and Secretary for Information and Publicity in the Zanu-PF Politburo.

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LATEST: President Mugabe appointed Vice Chair of Comesa Bureau

LATEST: President Mugabe appointed Vice Chair of Comesa Bureau

PRESIDENT Mugabe has been appointed interim Vice Chair of the Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa Bureau, and will help steer the bloc’s 19th Heads of State and Government Summit which opened here this morning.

Announcing the appointment, Comesa secretary-general Mr Sindiso Ngwenya said a substantive candidate would be elected once procedural requirements have been sorted out.

President Hery Rajionarimampianina of Madagascar assumed Chairmanship, immediately driving the region’s industrialisation theme.

LIVE UPDATE: ZANU-PF YOUTHS MARCH

LIVE UPDATE: ZANU-PF YOUTHS MARCH

1353: Pieces of land have been availed at Chishawasha 300 hectares, Harare South 500 hectares and Norton 200 hectares

“This is what you have been given so far Cdes. This is not for parry leaders but for you youths,” says Cde Chipanga.

1351: Another 1 300 hectares will be availed very soon again in Bulawayo. Cde Chipanga has said President Mugabe has availed 1000 hectares of land for residential stands here in Harare.

“Now that land has been availed. We do not want to work with corrupt officials. Taneta neCorruption,” he said.

1347: Cde Chipanga says President Mugabe heard the plea for residential stands and has availed a farm for subdivision.

“These stands are not meant for Zanu PF members only but everyone. Already, 300 hectares has been availed in Bulawayo.

1344: He has encouraged youths to apply for mining claims and mine gold legally because minerals belong to Zimbabweans

1342: “We are meeting today following a successful One Man Million March. Thank you very much for the support,” says Cde Chipanga

1338: Deputy Secretary for Youth League thanks members of other organs of the party for coming here adding that the presence of Women’s League is a strong sign that the two are just but one component.

1337: Youths led by Women’s League member Cde Mahoka break into song ‘VaMugabe iCremora muviri wese,’ as Cde Sandi Moyo takes to the podium to greet the crowd.

1334: Cde Chipanga is now introducing senior party leadership among them Cdes Tambudzani Mohadi, Sarah Mahoka, Miriam Chikukwa, Thokozile Mathuthu and Sandi Moyo

1329: Minister of State for Harare Provincial Affairs Cde Miriam Chikukwa is also here at the launch.

1325: Cde Chinotimba breaks into song, ‘iZanu PF chete yakamirira zvido zvevanhu,’ as youth sing along.

1324: He recognises the presence of Buhera South MP Cde Joseph Chinotimba and requests that he greets youths gathered here.

1315: Cde Chipanga takes to the podium to make his key note address as youth league members burst into song, ‘Regai vatonge Baba.’

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1311: Youths have expressed concern over corrupt land dealings and asserted that they are President Mugabe’s watchdogs adding that they will not hesitate to apprehend those found wanting.

1309: ”Panevanhu varikutyityidzira President vedu. We do not want that. We are the ones who voted him to power. We want to appeal to Zimbabwe Republic Police Commissioner General Dr Augustine Chihuri. Next time, when these pastors do their funny acts, stand aside and let us deal with them,” said Cde Innocent Hamandishe, national youth commissar

Thousands of Zanu-PF youths march in Harare today. Picture by Tawanda Mudimu

Thousands of Zanu-PF youths march in Harare today. Picture by Tawanda Mudimu

1307: The launch of the housing project comes against the backdrop of sporadic protests by protestors under the ambit of #ThisFlag and #Tajamuka movements. The movements have accused the Government of failing to provide for the masses.

1258: Youth Members of Parliament have taken turns to castigate fake pastors and opposition movements who in the past few weeks have been organising demonstrations against the country’s leadership.

1240: The gathering will be addressed by Deputy Secretary for National Youth League, Cde Kudzai Chipanga.Watch movie online The Transporter Refueled (2015)

Zanu-PF youths have converged at the party's Headquarters. Picture by Simiso Mlevu

Zanu-PF youths have converged at the party’s Headquarters. Picture by Simiso Mlevu

1236: Thousands of Zanu PF Youth League members are gathered at the party headquarters for the launch of Zanu PF housing project. They marched from the ruling party’s Harare provincial office.

Thousands of Zanu PF youths march along Jason Moyo Avenue in Harare today

Thousands of Zanu PF youths march along Jason Moyo Avenue in Harare today

“Zuma must act on Zim unrest” Stevens Mokgalapa – Democratic Alliance (DA) South Africa Newsday 7 July 2016

“Zuma must act on Zim unrest” Stevens Mokgalapa – Democratic Alliance (DA) South Africa Newsday 7 July 2016

What happened in Zimbabwe on 6 July 2016, and earlier on at the Beitbridge border post, where Zimbabweans, through the influence of various agent provocateurs, demonstrated and damaged property in the process, was actually child play, as compared to what takes place in South Africa, on a daily basis. And the DA, through its International Relations and Co-operations shadow minister, seem to be oblivious and totally ignorant of what is going on around them, within their very own country, but instead, see what they persive as a horrific Zimbabwean situation.

It seems, that there are some people in South Africa, that, because of the magnitude of violence in their own country, think that their own situation is the normal thing to live through, whilst the mere mention of disturbances in other countries, no matter how trivial, sent them into a frency, denouncing and suggesting that human rights are being infringed. Whilst there is reason to be worried about disturbances in general occurring in neighboring countries, it is even more worrying, for a person living in a country where violence of the magnitude of “hell” itself, which exists on a daily basis, in their own countries, start to points fingers at others just like in the case of a crow, laughing at an owl’s beak,     saying that is worse than its own.

Does Stevens Mokgalapa, truly think that the situation in Zimbabwe, is even a tenth of what is taking place in South Africa? If what happens in his country is what he and his DA party imagines the world to be like, then he probably has never been outside South Africa, or just crossed the border into Zimbabwe. And if indeed, he is so ignorant of what the life and situation in Zimbabwe is like as compared to his own beloved South Africa, then he is indeed living in disillusionment. The fainthearted can never survive a day in violence of South Africa.

As a Zimbabwean who knows what level of violence South Africa goes through on daily basis, from lynching’s of foreigners in the townships and right across that country in what is termed “xenophobia”, to the savage brawls that daily take place in the South African parliament, to right up to the robberies, rape cases and general lawlessness, surely none of that compares even a little bit, to the prevailing Zimbabwean situation. Not even a single fraction of a thousand, would come close to it and infact, the Zimbabwean situation is just like child’s play as compared to their own daily situation. Despite the fact that life in South Africa is brazen, ghoulish and utterly frightening, Zimbabwe and its people, have never talked bad about its neighbour. But, it does not mean that they do not know of the numerous lives that are burnt with vehicle tyres, for very trivial reasons for that matter; or the cases of rape that take place daily, or the drug abuse crimes that no longer seem to ever be controllable, or the political violence, that have seen hundreds of thousands losing their lives.

There was widespread strife right across Pretoria, Tshwane and Hammanskraal, and especially in Mamelodi where buses were burnt and shops were looted enmass. Groups of Zimbabweans, travelling to South Africa to do business were robbed and their buses burns to ashes.

Just a few days ago more than a dozen buses carrying Traders from Zimbabwe were burnt, and valuable lives lost, but we did not hear the DA talking in condemnation of such vile deeds. They did not even appeal to President Zuma to put a stop to such brutality upon foreigners and their own people, and to appeal to the state to bring the perpetrators to book. We did not hear them offer condolences to the Zimbabwean Government for the terrible and regrettable loss of life and property, after these unbelievable disturbances. Instead, we hear Stevens Mokgalapa urging President Zuma, to take action against the Zimbabwean Government. What actions is he suggesting Zuma should take which he and his DA party are not capable of undertaking?

Are there no problems occurring in South Africa which political parties in that country are failing to solve, but which we as Zimbabweans and yet are aware of, do not see any reason to interfere in? There are gun fights now taking place in Mozambique, through the conflict between RENAMO and the ruling FRELIMO party in that country, which is actually escalating on a daily basis. Why is the DA silent and not talking about that dangerous conflict that is building up right at our door steps?  Is the situation in Zimbabwe according to the DA even comparable to that?

A few days ago, two innocent black Americans were shot and killed in cold blood in the USA, leading to mass protests and the shooting of five police officers in retaliation, but did we hear the DA reprimanding Barrack Obama on such strife and racial causes of strife?  There was a mass suicide bombing in Baghdad a few days ago, which took the life of more than 200 innocent people. There are daily killings of Palestinians in Israel, the Westbank and Gaza Strip perpetrated by the Israeli government, but did we hear the DA condemning it? And then there is chaos in Seria, Turkey, Europe, through suicide bombings and the refugee crisis that were not advocated for by the governments of those countries, and yet the DA is not condemning them for these happenings that have resulted in gross loss of life.

Why then is the DA, through its International Relations and Co-operations shadow minister Stevens Mokgalapa choosing to attack the Zimbabwean government for a demonstration that was basically peaceful and in which no life was lost? Are they turning Zimbabwe into scape goat for their own failures

Zanu-PF will not be deterred

Zanu-PF will not be deterred

The Politburo sat on the 6th of July 2016 amid a background of a stay away that had been instigated by civic organizations, and other despondent political party taking advantage of a civil service strike upon this backdrop the Zanu PF Politburo thorough its secretary for Administration Cde Ignatius Chombo stating that
Zanu PF it will not be shaken by Western embassies and failed political parties trying to cause anarchy in the country by scuttling progressive policies being implemented by Government.
Through him the Zanu PF Politburo also said schools, banks and shops should continue with their business today as security organs were on high alert to ensure people’s safety.
The Politburo also endorsed the enactment of Statutory Instrument 64 of 2016 by the Ministry of Industry and Commerce, saying the regulations would resuscitate ailing industries by fighting unfair competition from foreign products.
In a too Brief to journalists who were gathered at the Zanu PF HQ The Secretary for Administration Cde Ignatius Chombo said President Mugabe was going nowhere and would continue leading Government in bringing economic emancipation to the people.
“Zanu-Pf is focused on what it wants to do and cannot be shaken by these activities. We are the ruling party, and we will not accept anything short of law and order. The party has it on good authority that the violent demonstrations witnessed in Beitbridge were sponsored by some MDC elements and other opposition parties. We are also aware that persons from across the bridge joined the strike because they were the beneficiaries (of the imported goods).
“In Harare, these demonstrations have been led by leaders of vendors’ associations, some other shadowy groups calling themselves by various names, and we know that they are being sponsored by Western embassies and some failed parties and politicians.”
The Secretary for Administration who was standing in for the HQ The Secretary for Information and Publicity Cde SK Moyo who was away on other business, then added that: “The State security organs are working around the clock, and have the situation firmly under control. Those found on the wrong side of the law will be dealt with severely, and they will have no one else to blame. They are being seriously warned to desist from this wanton behavior.
“Commuter omnibus operators are assured of police protection and should not fear to do their work. All teachers and school children should also go to their schools without fear because security elements will be there to assure their safety.
“The Politburo has fully endorsed the enactment of Statutory Instrument 64 of 2016 by Government through the Ministry of Industry and Commerce,” saying.
“The party has condemned all actions and demonstrations against this Instrument. It should be noted that ordinary citizens are still allowed to import those goods removed from the Open General Import Licence for domestic consumption.”
He further went on to elaborate On disciplinary process brought by the National Appeals and Review Committee headed by Vice President Phelekezela Mphoko, saying the Politburo had deliberated on the cases of the 13 expelled youth leaders and party cadres suspended for between three to five years.
“All the appeals against expulsion by the 13 were unsuccessful and this means the Politburo has fully endorsed the decision for the group to remain expelled,”.
“This was due to the severity of the case. Eight party members were suspended for five years, and one member was acquitted and the other seven cases were referred back to the National Disciplinary Committee for review. Eight party members were suspended for three years, and one member’s suspension was lifted while another member has actually been expelled as his behavior has become worse, which is totally unacceptable to the party. Another member’s suspension has been reduced from three to two years as she has been apologetic and remorseful. The rest of the cases have been referred back to the NDC and other cases will be heard next Friday when the Appeals Committee meets again.”
The Secretary for Administration then advised that names of the members involved would be released after the party writes to them.
And that National Commissar Cde Saviour Kasukuwere told the Politburo that the Presidential, provincial, parliamentary caucus meetings would continue with President Mugabe heading to Mashonaland Central tomorrow (Friday).
In addition, Cde Chombo said the Politburo had also agreed on the various sub-committees to prepare for the National People’s Conference to be held in Masvingo in December.
Politburo members to head the committees are Cdes Chombo (Coordination), Cde Patrick Chinamasa (documentation and legal committee), Cde Obert Mpofu (finance), Cde Kasukuwere (organisation), Cde Kembo Mohadi (security), Cde Simon Khaya-Moyo (information and publicity), Cde Oppah Muchinguri-Kashiri (transport and welfare), Cde Cleveria Chizema (health), Cde Joram Gumbo (entertainment) and Cde Prisca Mupfumira (environment).
“The regime change agenda that is being pursued by the West will come to naught. Banks, shops and schools have timetables and programs, and they should follow that. There is no reason why they should not open, and I hope tomorrow (which is today) they will open.”

Umdala Wethu gala a success in Bulawayo

Umdala Wethu gala a success in Bulawayo

Umdalah Wethu gala for the late Father Zimbabwe, Dr Joshua Nkomo’s gala was held on the 1st of July, with the Zanu PF Youth League Bulawayo chapter organising the event for the 1st of July night, the day the national hero died in 1999.
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Dignitaries who graced the occasion where Vice President and Second Secretary Cde P Mphoko, Resident Minister for Bulawayo Metropolitan Province Hon Sande Moyo, National Political Commissar Cde S Kasukuwere, National Youth League Executive led By Deputy Secretary for Youth Affairs Cde K Chipanga and Bulawayo Province led by Chairman Cde E Ndhlovu.

Cde Chipanga urged the youth and progressive Zimbabweans to throng Bulawayo in their numbers, saying the Umudhala Wethu gala will set the tone for the revival of other galas of founding fathers like the late Vice Presidents: Simon Muzenda, Joseph Msika and Landa John Nkomo.

Various entertainment activities were performed above par.

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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.

ON INPUTS

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.

DOWNSIZING OF FARMS

14:00 – We propose that farms which are not being utilized be downsized. Those being utilized 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 formalize 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 emphasizes 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 – TheFirst 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.
14:39 – He recognizes the Serrvice Vhiefs starting with General Constantine Chiwenga, Commissioner General 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 ways 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 factiona 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.

15:17 – President 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 ou 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 list 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 emphasizes 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.

FACTIONALISM

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

“There shall never be little groups to promotes 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 life . . .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 focuses. He says those with concerns should put them across with humility than back-biting each other.

ECONOMY AND FOOD SECURITY

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

“For now, do we have the food to take our people to the next agriculture? 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 sympathizing with him as they call for him to quit? “Tiri tese . . .if the people say go then I 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.

UNITY AND DISCIPLINE

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 whicvh 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.

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Live Update : Million Man March 25 May 2016 Part 2

Live Update : Million Man March 25 May 2016 Part 2

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.

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

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.

 

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

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.

11:01 – 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.

11:08 – By 10:40 the thousands gathered at the National Sports Stadium had 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 had started marching from Rufaro Stadium in Mbare.

10:04 – By 10:40 the thousands gathered at the National Sports Stadium had 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 had started marching from Rufaro Stadium in Mbare.

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

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.

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

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

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.

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 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.

 

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 executive takes 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 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 organization 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 emphasizes 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 ecomonic 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 let 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.

CORRUPTION

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.

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Live Update : Million Man March 25 May 2016

Live Update : Million Man March 25 May 2016

All roads lead to the Robert Mugabe Square in Harare today for the Million-Man March amid calls for youths to shun factionalism and corruption, ills threatening the gains of the liberation struggle.

The marchers are expected to start converging at 5am with the actual march scheduled for 8am.

Assembly points have been created from which the youths will march to the venue -the Robert Mugabe Square near Rainbow Towers Hotel.

Masvingo and Mashonaland East provinces 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.

The march, similar to the one held by war veterans in 2007, will be significant in cementing President Mugabe’s enduring status as an African icon.

The event is being organised by the zanu-pf Youth League to honour the achievements of the President and First Secretary of the revolutionary party.

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Members of the Zanu-PF main wing, Women’s League, war veterans, churches and student associations will take part in the event.

Zanu-PF deputy secretary Cde Kudzai Chipanga yesterday said the Youth League was ready to roll.

“All is now in place and we only await the big day,” he said.

“We have sorted all logistics and the news from the provinces is pleasing. We expect the people to start arriving as early as 5am so that we reaffirm our support for the President in a resounding fashion.”

Political analysts and diplomats have described the march as a piece of history that testifies the durability of the values and ethos of Africa’s founding fathers who pioneered the total decolonisation of the continent.

Zanu-PF spokesperson Cde Simon Khaya Moyo described the march as a ‘rare event’ that needed maximum support.

“This is a special march led by our dynamic and resilient Youth League and we need to give them maximum support because it is rare to undertake such an exercise in recognition of the role our icon President Mugabe has played throughout the liberation struggle and the post-independence era,” he said.

“It is also a special day because it coincides with Africa Day. Recently he was chairman of the African Union and Sadc and he displayed exemplary leadership in all his undertakings nationally, continentally and internationally.”

Cde Khaya-Moyo said the youths should remain foresighted and shun factionalism and corruption.

“Youths are grateful to the attributes and imbued persona of Cde Mugabe,” he said,

“They must, therefore, be congratulated for leading by example as youths because they are the future leaders of tomorrow. They should continue with this spirit, remain focused, and continue to subscribe to the principles of our glorious party. They should shun factionalism, corruption, tribalism and regionalism.”

The march will be held under the theme: “Youth March in solidarity with visionary and iconic leadership of President Mugabe.”

Secretary for War Veterans in the Politburo Cde Sydney Sekeramayi said he was rallying all war veterans to come for the event.

“As a Politburo member and Senator, I am trying all I can do to ensure people attend in their numbers and contributing in meeting the targeted numbers. We are fully behind the march.”

By honouring President Mugabe, analysts said, the youths would shame detractors who want to pursue the regime change agenda using them.

Reports from Manicaland say the province is geared for the Million Man March with buses and resources having been mobilised in all the seven districts.

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Mutare Urban led the mobilisation efforts as they managed to come up with 20 buses, enough for the city’s 19 wards.

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

Zanu-PF provincial secretary for administration, Cde Kenneth Saruchera said: “We are happy with the response we got from all the stakeholders. We want to thank schools and public transport operators for availing their buses for this noble cause.

“Mutare alone has 20 buses, while Makoni has 13 buses. We are expecting at least five buses per every district. From Mutare urban , we are expecting more than 2 000 people to be part of this historic march,” he said.

The Zanu-PF provincial chairperson for Matabeleland South, Cde Rabeleni Choeni said they had mobilised 21 buses that will ferry people to the march.

He said other party supporters had preferred to use their own means of transport to Harare.

“All the buses will leave their respective districts tonight (yesterday) and converge at the National Sports Stadium in the morning,” he said.

He said four buses will leave Beitbridge, four from Gwanda, five from Insiza, two from Matobo, two from Mangwe and one from Bulilima districts.

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