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Dr Grace Mugabe Gwanda Rally - Live updates

by Thupeyo Muleya
13 Oct 2014 at 16:10hrs | Views

14:54 Dr Mugabe wrapped up her speech by saying Zimbabwe needs a leader like President Mugabe and donated 10 tonnes of maize seed and 10 tonnes of mealie meal to the people of Mat South.

14:51 She take a swipe at those fingered in salary gate and described them as heartless. She also encouraged Zimbabweans to pray to God for a leader who will come after President Mugabe and who will have people at heart and also be prepared to stand for them through thick and thin.

14:49 Grace says Mugabe does not have property or money outside the country, so even if the west had to freeze their assets there is nothing to freeze. Mugabe is the least paid President on this earth, Grace claims

14:46 Grace suggests Mugabe should appoint a Vice President that works with him, not one who does nothing. Grace says some party members are telling investors to stay put until Mugabe goes, she says these people are being bribed. I know God will stand with Mugabe, even in the face of people who are selling out the country

14:44 The First Lady described factional fighting in Zanu-PF as part of regime change being sponsored by the West who are using greedy and corrupt Zanu-PF politicians. She said the West has been denouncing Look East policy yet they are rushing there with begging bowls.

14:38 "We want hardworking people. Not people who want to be Vice Presidents and become a liability to President Mugabe and Zimbabweans. Let us stop vote buying and leading youths astray. Now we have five people saying they want to be Vice Presidents. Dzikamai!"

14:36 Dr Mugabe says education without wisdom is useless adding that there are leaders in Zanu-PF who are educated but lack wisdom. 'It is embarrassing that people are conducting party business in the media.'

14:32 Mugabe has a gift of life from God, he is still in charge - Grace. Grace is now addressing equal rights, says men and women were created to be equal. Education without humanity is useless, even if you educated, you need to be humane and don't lead children astray. We are back where we started, Grace Mugabe is now lashing at factionalism. She says that also affects food security in the country

14:30 She said it is worrying that there are senior citizens in the party who go about impregnating young girl adding that society needs to work hard in restoring morals.

14:25 Dr Mugabe has denounced men who are saying Mugabe must go when they are actually older than him adding that people should wait for their time to lead than pushing their selfish agendas.

14:18 She says women need to be supported on irrigation especially in areas with a lot of dams like Mat South, much to the delight of the crowd. She also castigated polygamous men saying they have no respect for women.

14:15 The First Lady says she is not moved by the travel ban to Europe that came as a result of the land reform.

14:10 She castigated the American and European media for being used to discredit the country's economic empowerment programs saying, 'EU uses intimidating tactics to scare other African countries planning to redistribute their land.'

14:03 The First Lady says the level of domestic violence is alarming, much to the delight of the crowd. She also denounces those who are not productive in the resettlement areas and says, 'land resource is running out. Let us be productive. The population and demand for the land is growing. Our brothers and sisters went to war because of the land issue. Land is a contentious issue. Our problems started at the inception of land reform.'

14:00 Grace Mugabe says she has suffered in the past, but she's not worried about being barred from going to Britain and Europe

14:00: The speech is all over the place at the moment. Grace now address land ownership and reports that some beneficiaries are now selling the land back to whites.

14:00 Grace accuses people in the party of abusing Zanu-PF's fit all economic policy, ZimAsset. Grace now talks of child abuse and violence. She says this is a problem in developing countries

13:57 Amai Mugabe denounces factionalism in the party and says it affects development. She also denounces lazy leaders and says government should support mining and livestock production.

13:50: Grace says Mat South men are leaving the country for SA and this destroys the family unit. "There are many single-parent households in this community". Grace is now addressing factionalism, saying energies spent on factionalism should be used on upgrading the status on women.. strangely she encourages gold panning. That has wrecked havoc in Mat South.

13:49 The First Lady has urged people 'not to forget where we are coming from' and says leaders promise people a lot of things when they are campaigning and disappear after elections.

13:46 She says, "I am visiting the provinces to meet the people because people only know the president very well. I need to meet you so that we know each other."

13:43 Dr Mugabe welcomes Zanu-PF National Chairman, S. K Moyo for joining her on her 6th rally and commends the people of Mat south for voting for Zanu-PF in last year's (2013) harmonised elections.

13:49 Now.... Finally, its Grace Mugabe's turn on the podium. Expecting anything new? Grace Mugabe starts her rally with "Phansi ngoTsvangirai" she resorts to Shona for the beginning of her speech. She praises Mat South for voting for Zanu PF to ululations from the crowd.

13:41 The crowd breaks into song singing Musaputse Sangano as Dr Mugabe prepares to take to the podium and she gets a thunderous applause as she stands up.

13:39 Muchinguri ends her address by urging women to support their husbands.

13:37 She describes the First lady as a super sonic woman who does not waste time in addressing issues and adds that Amai Mugabe is not a selfish leader.

13:35 Muchinguri takes to the podium and commends the people of Matabeleland South for turning up in their numbers to show their solidarity with Amai Mugabe.

13:34 Olivia Muchena now addressing the crowd, she will invite Women's League boss, Oppa Muchinguri to invite Grace Mugabe... you know how protocol goes. Now its Oppah Muchinguri's turn on the podium, she follows Simon Khaya Moyo, who didn't have kind words for MDC-T leader, Morgan Tsvangirai.

13:17 Alice Dube urges Grace to work on reviving the West Nicholson beef factory and to promote cervical cancer awareness

13:15 Alice Dube running out of accolades, describes Grace as a good mother, as she congratulates her on her daughter, Bona Mugabe's wedding

13:14 Abednico Ncube praises Grace on the attainment of her PhD, while Alice Dube says all women in the province are behind Grace

12:49 Getting a bit interesting here, the Harare provincial youth chairperson says "Pasi ne gamatox".

12:46 Events have gathered pace, now Abigail Damasane is addressing the crowd, introducing delegates

12:45 Grace has now arrived at the rally and chairman Andrew Langa is addressing. Langa assures Grace that Mat South is fully behind her and her husband, President Robert Mugabe at the December congress

A brief about Gwanda
Located approximately 122 kilometres southeast of Bulawayo, Gwanda is the capital of the province of Matabeleland South.

Minister Langa gives assurance that Mat South will be behind Grace Mugabe and Robert Mugabe come the December Congress.

13:20 A traditional Drance group from Sibiwa Primary is entertaining the crowd now.

13:12 "Women need to be supported in order to effectively participate in mining and also need support in order to venture into livestock production as well as more land for income generating projects," says Dube.

13:04 Mat South Women's League chair, Dube says Matabeleland South women are fully behind Grace Mugabe's elevation. She commends the First Lady for raising Bona (first born daughter) to be a principled and disciplined child who marries and weds adding that Dr Mugabe is leading by example by taking care of orphans.

12:53 Matabeleland South Provincial Minister of State, Ncube now addressing the crowd. He commends the First Lady for championing projects that empower the girl child.

12:50 Obert Mpofu, Kembo Mohadi, Simon Khaya Moyo, Kindness Paradza, Abednigo Ncube, Thabetha Kanengoni-Malinga, and Andrew Langa are also in attendance.

12:45 Damasane introducing the National Executive to the crowd.

12:40 Phillip Chiyangwa, Prof Jonathan Moyo, Patrick Zhuwawo, Saviour Kasukuwere, Phekezela Mphoko, Temba Mliswa among the cast at Pelandaba Stadium.

12:30 The First Lady Grace Mugabe has arrived at Pelandaba Stadium and is given a rapturous welcome.

11:37 Mat South Women's League provincial chairperson, Alice Dube now addressing the meeting.

11:32 Secretary for Legal Affairs Zanu PF Women's League, Abigail Damasane now introducing National Executive and Provincial Leaders.

11:28 Dr Mugabe is now in a briefing with Mat South Women's League provincial leadership. She is accompanied by Oppah Muchinguri, Dr Olivia Muchena, Eunice Sandi Moyo and Edna Madzongwe.

10:30 The First Lady Dr Grace Mugabe has arrived in Gwanda for her Matabeleland South Thank You Rally to be held at Pelandaba Stadium. She is now in a briefing with senior Zanu PF officials at the Provincial Administrator's Offices.

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Source - The Herald