LIVE BLOG: PRESIDENT MUGABE MEETS WAR VETERANS

1546: Official proceedings have ended here at the Zanu-PF Headquarters and that concludes our updates. Thank you for joining us.

1541: Tshinga Dube has finished giving his vote of thanks.

1539: “Cdes we have a lot of problems that we are going through..when I was assigned I was told to work for the unity of the war veterans….some think that I cannot swear but I can do that. However, how can I swear at people I want to unite?”

1537:  Tshinga Dube says: “We had a gopod chance to listen to our President addressing us, when I see the President I see only wisdom while some see age. What is happening is that training itself is discipline, only 20% is handling arms,”

1529: “We are people oriented..we mean we are governed by the wishes of the people….tatenda, tatenda zvikurukuru..journalists, tell those that you are representing that Robert Mugabe is still going strong…so this is me and my people will have me for saome trime, a long time and those from outside that don’t like me I say I don’t care, I don’t mind but please don’t interfere with us, we are a free people..ndatenda,”

1524: I want to warn ana Mawarire ivava nevamwewo…I want to warn them strongly Zanu will not tolerate any nonsense any nonsense that is done in the name of religion so keep to your religious side, once you begin top get involved with our politics you are courting real trouble, we know how to deal with our enemies who have been trying all along to effect regime change.

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We have the means to protect our hard won freedom, we have brought unity and the people are united please don’t disunite our people saka ndinoda kuvayambira and ma embassies, the embassies foreign embassies in the country that are interfering with our politics intervening although they bare doing it privately, clandestinely I want to warn them to desist from it, the rules that govern them don’t allow theme to involve in our politics, to subvert our systems of governance to do things that amount to subverting the present government and its authority please stop it..and I have the lady Stop It with me,”

1518: “That is how ma contradictions were settled in China and also in our camps kunze kwenyika..torega kurovana kwete..violence hatidi, tuma party tumwe utwu kana toda kuita ma demonstrations atwo ne hasha….mapurisa onai kuti twakandwa mumajeri twomboravira sadza remujeri.

“Ko avo vanoshumira muma church twe mari utwu nekuti mashoko avo anotapira….hanzi vanopa mazano emberi kunyengwe usinga shande kuti uwane mari, vanopa ruponeso..vepamusoro nevamwe vemusangano vanoendawo ikoko. Ko nhamo nehurwere whakuvinga hausozive zvekuita..ko naivavo vakuda kupindira munezve matongerwo enyika tinoti aiwa ko bhaibheri renyu managa mapedza here?…zve party dai matisiira isu zvekuronga izvi, takabva nazvo kure..manje kana makupindira..vachi protestor vachiti hurumende ngaichibva, kwozo uya hurumende yakaita sei isina kurwa hondo,”

1511: “The unity of the party is crucial and I’m glad that so far we have retained that unity and I hope we will maintian it until 2018. We shall keep together at the top, we shall remain united, we know that accusations will continue to be made, allegations naturally some true some false but Zanu-PF know how to settle its contradictions..takafunda tirikuhondo tichiongorora maitirwo aitiwa kuChina ichatungamirirwa nava Mao,”

1508: “Toita maziso..nzeve dzinoteerera chokwadi nekuti kune vanoshandisa mazita edu kuti vatiparadzanise…isuwo vakuru tinofanirwa kutaura patinonenerwa kuti aiwa ini handimo mune izvizvi..we don’t want to be divided, it’s our duty to denounce these things together so that the people have total confidence in us,”

 

1504: “Huzhinji wedu we Zanu-PF ndiyo inotungamira ma associations ese..ma students ese vari affiliated kwatiri, ma business tinenge tiinawo saka tinenge tichiti gwara redu rimwechete….takakwachura hukama chose nema British, we are totally free ndosaka takati imi ana Blair mune nyika yenyu tongai isu tine yedu tinotonga kuno,”

1500: “Kuhondo vamwe taiva ranga nekuvaisa mudzimba dzepasi tichavapira sadza imomo….vakazobuda huremende yemaBritish yawirirana kuti rusununguko rwuuye vanga varipasi se mbeva…vakadaro mochenjera,”

1457: “Saka ma war vets ndoda kuti musangane mosarudza vatungamiriri vatsva….those who are acting let them act. Isuwo takasarudza vakuru muparty kuti chitsamba ichoci chakambobva kupi nevakazoipembedza kuti musangano uzovaranga ende kuranga kwe party kunenge kwakaoma,”

1455: “Ini pachangu so kuteerera kwandaita ndoda kukutendai norutsigiro mufunge chitsamba chavakanyora chakaparadzirwa chava kushandiswa kunana Britain kuti regime change iya yazouya vasinga zive kuyti party ine midzi, party haife yakaridzwa nechipaper…saka vanga vakufarira kuti party yaparara. Mavaratidza kuti madhaka aya,”

1451: “Hanzi kune chikwata cheku Mgagao chakusarudzai asi kwete makasarudzwa kuno kunyika yenyu….saka tateerera zvose izvi, vatii sei muchingotungamidza ana Mutsvangwa naana Mahiya vatakadzinga kare, tikati aiwa tanga tisinga zive kuti makavadzinga..saka tati tipei magwaro anoratidza kuti vakadzingwa,”

1447: President Mugabe is now on the podium.

” Pamberi neZanu-PF! NeChimurenga! Nekubatana!……tinoda kukutendai nekuuya kwamaita mose…tauya pano kuti titeerere tinzwe chaizvoizvo kuti tinzwe zviripa moyo pavo..vamwe vakuru vatagara navo muoffice vataura zvavatadza kutaura pano nekuti nguva yaenda. Vanochemedzeka nekutukwa kurikuitwa President..vanochemedzwa zvakare neshoko rekuti President ngavachibva asi zvikonzero zvekuti ngaachibva hazvinzwike, vanochemedzeka zvakare nekuti varipo vangodyarana varikutumira mashoko nezvi..zvavanoti What What,”

1433: He says the war vets making noise have no idea of how the association started. He says newspapers reports regards the President’s participation in the struggle were lies. He says the war effort gained momentum because of his leadership skills.

1431: Nyaruwata is now on the podium.

1430: “Chinotimba is now on the podium and he says “the stories of Nhando, Mahiya, Matemadanda are not war vets, it’s a clique. We can never hear of war vets denouncing the President…those people were defeated in primary elections within the party yet real war vets like me won constituencies…we will now go sort out the war vets,”

1422: Chimene has finished her address.

1421: “Zanu pf now needs culling just like animals…crocodiles should go to the river, they cannot be in Zanu-PF because Zanu-PF is not a river..don’t be scared,”

1419: “The people have told me that we cannot keep using parallel structures..we are tired of being threatened…we voted Mutsvangwa out and he’s not our leader..if you can’t chase away each other today, let’s go for a special congress and we will help you to chase them away,”

1416: “I’m accused of drinking alcohol and smoking dagga..even if I do smoke and it gives me energy to work then I smoke. Right now they are saying I’m, high,”

1415: “What was known as Tsholotsho was led by  Mnangagwa, this Lacoste is now led by  Mnangagwa..as you seat there you are now two Governments because some ministers are known to be supporters of Mnangagwa,”

1412: Mandi Chimene is now addressing the gathering. She says she doesn’t want to hear of issues that hurt the President because she it also hurts her.

“They started way back when we heard of Tsholotsho….we have nurtured it..it’s now here again, if people are smart they create something that looks like his his. The person who created Lacoste also created G40…I know of Lacoste and the leader. I’m accused of being a G40 member.”

 

1406:  A representative from Mashonaland Central says “arrest rogue war veterans now. Kusunga munhu ndokupedza nyaya,”

1359:  Freeedom fighters from various provinces being called to the podium. Cde Mlala has reiterated that they are not gathering under the auspices of ZNLWVA

1348: Dickson Mafios, Mashonaland Central chairman, has called for those with Presidential ambitions to declare their interests today and call for a special congress.

1347: Zanu-PF chairpersons called to the  podium.

1341: The National Anthem is now being played.

 

1341: The National Anthem is now being played.

1337: President mugabe arrives accompanied by First Lady Dr Mugabe and Vice President Mnangagwa

1335: Vice President Mphoko arrives and takes his seat at the top table followed by  War Vets Minister  Tshinga Dube

1328: Mlala has finished his address and the people are now singing revolutionary songs.

1323:  Mlala says Mgagao was not an entire system, it was a simple camp that could not take a decision on behalf of other camps.

“Our meeting is to show that the President will remain in power forever,”

1321: He says those who say the President must go after 36 years should go hang.

“We ended up in an inclusive Government because of some rogue war veterans. That inclusive Government was rejected by the people. Those war vets who think millions of voters made a mistake in 2013 are a joke,”

1320: “We are here not as an association but as freedom fighters. We chose President Mugabe in 1980.You are now being told about a Mgagao 2 we say Mgagao can not choose a leader of a country. It’s the people who choose the president. I am not speaking as a member of the association but as a war veteran,”

1315: “We are gathered here to show our support to  President Mugabe who is the Head of State and Commander in Chief of the Defence Forces,” says  Mlala

1314: Mlala is addressing the gathering and says he will be today’s Master of Ceremony.

1243: Tambaoga is now providing the entertainment.

1216: ICT Minister Supa Mandiwanzira and Youth, Indigenisation and Economic Empowerment Minister Patrick Zhuwao are also here.

1214: Energy Minister and Zanu-PF Manicaland province chairman Samuel Undenge has arrived together with  Minister of Women Affairs, Gender and Community Development Nyasha Chikwinya.

1211: National Assembly members also present include  Betty Kaseke, Terence Mukupe, Shadreck Mashayamomb, Keith Guzah and Masango Matambanadzo

1159: The Born Free Crew is currently entertaining the people.

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1155: Information, Media and Broadcasting Services Minister Dr Christopher  Mushohwe has also arrived.

1153: Members of the Womens League Eunice Sandi Moyo, Sarah Mahoka and Mabel Chinomona have arrived and took their seats at the top table. Meanwhile, Security and Protocol personnel have blocked Cdes Nyaruwata and Mlala from the top table.

1147: Partick Nyaruwata and George Mlala as well as Minister of State for Manicaland Provincial Affairs  Mandi Chimene are also present.

1140: Minister of Defence and Zanu-PF Secretary for War Veterans,Detainees, Restrictees and their Welfare Dr Sydney Sekeramayi and Minister of Home Affairs as well as the party’s Secretary for Administration Dr Ignatius Chombo are already here.

Cdes Sekeramayi and Chombo arrive

Cdes Sekeramayi and Chombo arrive

1127: Thousands of war veterans and Zanu-PF supporters  are gathering at the revolutionary party’s headquarters for a solidarity meeting with President Mugabe. The veterans and supporters have been drawn from the country’s 10 provinces.

War veterans and Zanu-PF supporters sing at the partys headquarters. Pictures by Felex Share

War veterans and Zanu-PF supporters sing at the partys headquarters. Pictures by Felex Share

So far the main tent is still being pitched while people are being entertained by various chimurenga choir groups. The meeting to show solidarity was mooted after an unsigned communique renouncing President Mugabe’s leadership was published last week.

The communique has been linked to the Christopher Mutsvangwa led Zimbabwe National Liberation War Veterans Association (ZNLWVA) but the association has disputed the accusations.