In Zimbabwe Thousands march in support of Mugabe

The opposition says Mugabe has failed to properly address issues such as economic decline, mass unemployment and emigration in Zimbabwe while accusations have been high about repression of dissent and vote-rigging during his tenure.

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Thousands of Zimbabweans poured onto the streets on Wednesday in support of the country’s leader Robert Mugabe.

The march came after a similar one last month by the opposition Movement for Democratic Change calling on Mugabe to step down over his handling of the country.

play Mugabe addressing his supporters.

 

The opposition says Mugabe has failed to properly address issues such as economic decline, mass unemployment and emigration in Zimbabwe while accusations have been high about repression of dissent and vote-rigging during his tenure, according to Press TV.

 

Mugabe is the longest serving elected leader in Africa and the only living president to have attended the formation of the Africa Union.

The march was organised by the Youth League of the governing Zanu-PF party.

Participants were bused from all over the country to participate in the march dubbed “Million-Man” march in the capital, Harare. Other supporters reportedly offered to use their own transport.

“Comrade Mugabe is not sick, people lie,” supporters sang in one song defending Mugabe.

Marchers marched through the capital to Robert Mugabe Square where they were addressed by President Mugabe and other party leaders.

Thousands took positions at the venue, according to the newspaper Herald of Zimbabwe.

President Mugabe entered the venue to a thunderous applause, Herald reported. He was in the company of his Son, Chantung, wife Dr Grace Mugabe and deputy youth league secretary, Cde Kudzani.

Mugabe expressed his gratitude to the youth league for the support.

“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 is a day you have organised well… a day which the Lord has made a glorious act. We thank Lord.”

 

He said his biggest message was for unity to reign among all tribes. The second is “Land to the people.”

His wife Grace emphasized the women’s league support toward her husband.

She is the head of the Zanu-PF women’s league and is rumoured she is likely to succeed her husband.

According to her, Mugabe is irreplaceable.

One thing the Zim[Zimbabwe] gvt [government] has mastered is kpin [keeping] its ppl [people] hungry and poor so that they can match for food and tshirts, one Twitter user, chiganzedouglas tweeted.

   

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