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LIVE: Grace Mugabe march - Gabriella Engels 'is not an angel'

by Staff reporter
30 Aug 2017 at 12:04hrs | Views
President Robert Mugabe's ruling Zanu-PF party has organised a march and rally in Harare to show support for under fire First Lady Grace Mugabe. Follow the live updates.
  • Police will make sure nobody "denigrates" Mugabe and First Lady

    30 Aug 2017 at 14:38hrs

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  • Chombo thanks supporters

    30 Aug 2017 at 14:33hrs

    Dr Chombo thanked supporters from all corners of the country who managed to come for the solidarity march. "We heard that some conflicting messages were being circulated in the provinces which were meant to stop people from attending the march," he said. Dr Chombo said a number of issues have been raised and one of the issues is that of war veterans who were dismissed from the party for disrespecting the Head of State Mugabe adding the issue must be solved. "We cannot paint all war veterans with the same brush because we have veterans who are committed to serving the party and government," said Dr Chombo. He added that the issue of t-shirts that demean the President and the First Lady must be dealt with by law enforcements agencies.

  • Chipanga calls himself "the first born of the First Family

    30 Aug 2017 at 14:31hrs

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    Zanu-PF Secretary for Administration, Ignatius Chombo says he will relay the message to president Mugabe and his wife Grace.

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    President Mugabe has never said that he wants to be succeeded by his wife or his children, says Chimene

  • 30 Aug 2017 at 13:33hrs

    When the presidency becomes vacant anyone can contest, says Chimene

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    Some people were being told not to come to this event by factionalists. We have come to show the First Lady we will stand by her like we stand by the president, says Chimene

  • 30 Aug 2017 at 13:31hrs

    Tell those who want to succeed the president that their time is not yet up. Call me any name I will receive, says Chimene

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    We only know one leader and his wife, there is no way we are going to respect the president and not respect his wife, says Chimene

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    We want one leader at a time and we have President Mugabe at the moment, says Chimene

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    Anyone who goes against the party's principles must be told the truth straight in his or her face, says Chimene

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    By looking after our president, the First Lady is a war veteran by association and participation, says Chimene

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    Chimene likens Grace to medium spirit Mbuya Nehanda

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    Some of you are going to succumb to sugar coated bullets, says Chimene

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    If you scold President Mugabe you are actually promoting him, the same applies to our First Lady, says Chimene

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    Another war vets leader Mandi Chimene takes to the podium

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    Mlala: "The media can say whatever they want about the First Lady but as war veterans we are solidly behind her."

  • 30 Aug 2017 at 13:28hrs

    Mlala says he is unhappy that some war veterans are supporting the Chris Mutsvangwa led war veterans body when Mutsvangwa and his clique were expelled from Zanu-PF

  • 30 Aug 2017 at 13:28hrs

    War vets leader George Mlala says Grace Mugabe will not remain quiet when her husband is being scolded

  • A trader making good business selling Zanu-PF regalia

    30 Aug 2017 at 13:01hrs

  • Six page supplement praising Grace Mugabe

    30 Aug 2017 at 13:00hrs

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  • Placard denouncing Gabriella Engels

    30 Aug 2017 at 12:59hrs

  • Introductions now being done

    30 Aug 2017 at 12:47hrs

  • Zanu-PF national political commissar Saviour Kasukuwere arrives

    30 Aug 2017 at 12:46hrs

  • Some Zanu-PF supporters holding a placard written "down with AfriForum".

    30 Aug 2017 at 12:40hrs

  • National anthem now being sung

    30 Aug 2017 at 12:39hrs

  • Zanu-PF youth leader Kudzi Chipanga and youth league leadership

    30 Aug 2017 at 12:38hrs

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    President Robert said to be giving his keynote address at the Rainbow Towers and party supporters asked to reduce their singing

  • Some on social media are asking what is is that Grace has done to deserve a solidarity march

    30 Aug 2017 at 12:35hrs

  • The Zanu-PF Women's league, which is led by Grace Mugabe has a banner written: "We are on solid ground".

    30 Aug 2017 at 12:35hrs

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    Supporters asked to be quiet as there is a "briefing" of the party leadership in the offices

  • Zanu-PF supporters at the party headquarters in Harare.

    30 Aug 2017 at 12:33hrs

  • A vehicle with a picture of President Robert Mugabe at the rally.

    30 Aug 2017 at 12:33hrs

  • Supporters chanting "one center of power"

    30 Aug 2017 at 12:33hrs

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  • NERA demo against Grace Mugabe immunity at SA embassy in Harare

    30 Aug 2017 at 12:30hrs

    Zimbabwe police have summoned organisers of a peaceful protest which had been planned for this morning outside the South African embassy over Pretoria's decision to grant President Robert Mugabe's wife, Grace, diplomatic immunity. Information obtained by indicates police visited the offices of the National Electoral Reform Agenda (Nera) offices before asking officials to accompany them to the charge office at Harare Central police station. Police are said to be reluctant to authorise the peaceful protest, according to officials, fearing to embarrass the First Lady on the same day that Zanu-PF is holding a solidarity march for her after she escaped arrest in South Africa for assaulting a model Gabriella Engels. Speaking to News24 while at the police station, Davis Mukusha, a Nera official who is one of the organisers, said it appeared police wanted to stop the peaceful protest which had been slated for 10:00 to 1pm at the South African embassy in Harare. By 10:30 the protest had not started as officials were still in talks with police. β€œA while ago they came to our offices and tensely cautioned us against marching or else there will be consequences,” Mukusha told News24. Nera officially advised police of the planned demonstration on Monday this week. But police documents seen by News24 indicated police wanted the organisers of the protest to make a fresh application, citing the Public Order Security Act. According to the documents, Nera needed to notify authorities at seven days prior to the protest. But Nera said they intended to defy the police's directive. A handful of people waited the start. "We are seeking clarification on the response they just gave us this morning," said Mukusha. "But that won't shift goalposts. We are going to the embassy with or without the clearance in 30 minutes." More to follow.

  • Supporters walking to the ruling party offices

    30 Aug 2017 at 12:29hrs

  • The Zanu-PF headquarters in the capital Harare.

    30 Aug 2017 at 12:28hrs

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    Youths are singing "Joice Mujuru ucharohwa nevakomana" meaning "Joice Mujuru you will be beaten by the boys"

  • 30 Aug 2017 at 12:28hrs

    Some are in busses.

  • People are coming in "dribs and drabs".

    30 Aug 2017 at 12:28hrs

  • Some are surprised Zanu-PF has decided to go ahead with the solidarity march for Grace.

    30 Aug 2017 at 12:27hrs

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    Zimbabwean police are reportedly on standby as Zanu-PF supporters gather for Grace Mugabe solidarity march and rally. Watch the video from social media

  • 30 Aug 2017 at 12:26hrs

  • "Violence is celebrated in Zanu-PF", and this is the reason why "there is a solidarity rally for Grace".

    30 Aug 2017 at 12:25hrs

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    Reports of social media indicate there are plans to turn the Grace Mugabe solidarity march into an anti-Mnangagwa rally.

  • 30 Aug 2017 at 12:24hrs

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    A NewsDay report says that Grace's allies yesterday claimed that they had mobilised more than 100 000 to attend the solidarity march.

  • 30 Aug 2017 at 12:24hrs

    "Zanu-PF celebrates violence and it is a party that thrives on fear and physical engagement. This makes diplomatic mockery of the Republic of South Africa in that they granted diplomatic immunity to a non-repentant goddess of violence and such a march will give a clear signal to the opposition in this country that violence is imminent during the watershed elections in 2018," said Nyandoro. "Put simply, the country is now being turned into a mafia state with thuggery and brutality directing the order of the day and all this must be brought to an end come the 2018 watershed elections."

  • 30 Aug 2017 at 12:23hrs

    The National People's Party led by former vice president Joice Mujuru said the proposed march was a mockery to the South African government which protected the Zimbabwean First Lady from facing prosecution.

  • 30 Aug 2017 at 12:23hrs

    Wednesday's march comes after Zimbabwean police denied opposition parties under the banner of Nera (National Electoral Reform Agenda) a clearance to march to the South African embassy in Harare to protest against the granting of diplomatic immunity to Grace.

  • 30 Aug 2017 at 12:23hrs

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    "It boggles the mind why the ZRP refused the opposition permission to organize a march against Grace Mugabe's violent tantrums and savage beating of Gabriella Engels. Zimbabwe is now a fully - fledged banana republic that is run by an old despot whose wife has got an explosive and irrational temperament," said the National People's Party (NPP) secretary general Gift Nyandoro.

  • 30 Aug 2017 at 12:23hrs

    Meanwhile, New Zimbabwe.com quoted Mashayamombe as saying that Grace has gone through a lot in the past month. "All progressive Zimbabweans must attend the solidarity meeting of the First Lady," he was quoted as saying. "A lot has happened to our mother from being injured on her leg, being holed up in South Africa for a week on cooked allegations and also media reports about her ice cream being poisonous from her enemies."

  • 30 Aug 2017 at 12:22hrs

    Grace assaulted 20-year-old South African model Gabriella Engels with an extension cord two weeks ago and severely injured her after she found her with one of her two sons, Bellarmine Chatunga, at a hotel in Sandton. Following a police report by Engels, the First Lady was granted diplomatic immunity by South African authorities in a move that was criticised by human rights organisations in both Zimbabwe and South Africa. Zanu-PF's political commissar for Harare Province, Shadreck Mashayamombe, said the procession would culminate in a rally at the party's headquarters in downtown Harare. President Mugabe and his wife were expected to address the Zanu-PF supporters, who were reportedly set to be drawn from all the country's provinces.

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