AS IT HAPPENED: #ZimOppositionProtest

2017-03-22 14:30

Get the latest updates as Zimbabwe’s opposition parties protest in the capital Harare over what they consider to be actions aimed at rigging next year’s presidential elections.


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22 Mar 14:31
Riot police are said to be guarding offices of the electoral commission. At least 10 opposition officials have gone inside to hand over petition

22 Mar 14:29

22 Mar 14:28

Opposition supporters trudge back home under police watch. Water canons and trucks follow the crowd as it makes its way to CBD.

Police are on guard in street corners, ready to bounce on any protesters or trouble makers.

22 Mar 14:11
Tsvangirai likens Zec to a referee who abandons his whistle and joins one of the competition teams -  in this case Zanu-PF.

22 Mar 14:10
Tsvangirai asks why Zanu-PF is afraid of wide-sweeping electoral reforms

22 Mar 14:09
Tsvangirai lashes out at Zec, says whatever limitations it has, the electoral body has to act like a referee of various political parties.

22 Mar 13:56
Tsvangirai speaks... warns the Zimbabwe electoral Commission and the government 

22 Mar 13:47
Opposition supporters shout "we want to march into the city, we don't care what the police tell us". But leaders urge restraint, according to Al Jazeera's Haru Mutasa.

22 Mar 13:45
Apparently Joice Mujuru's PDP party is NOT at the opposition protest. No official came to represent the party

22 Mar 13:43
Mutasa also endorses Tsvangirai to lead grand coalition, more cheers from the crowd

22 Mar 13:42
Tsvangirai is feted. Gets endorsement from Ndonga official Sengwayo to lead coalition vs Mugabe much to delight of the crowd

22 Mar 13:40
Tendai Biti says Mugabe is now on notice to leave power

22 Mar 13:39
Crowd eccastic. Shouts "Save Save" (Tsvangirai's clan name)

22 Mar 13:28

22 Mar 13:22
Evan Mawarire says there must be a "level electoral" playing field.

22 Mar 13:20
Happymore Chidziva of #myzimbabwecampaign says youths are not afraid of being teargassed

22 Mar 13:20
Jacob Mafume, the spokesperson for the People's Democratic Party says: "It is important for Zimbabweans to protest in their thousands and in the various groups that are there in the country. We need electoral reform and more importantly we need Mugabe to go." 

22 Mar 13:18
Promise Mkwananzi of Tajamuka says Zanu-PF will not be allowed to rig elections. He says the youth will defend defend their vote

22 Mar 13:16
Maureen Kademamaunga of "She Votes" urges women to register as voters

22 Mar 13:15
Morgan Komichi of MDC says this event marks the beginning of massive demonstrations

22 Mar 13:14
Jacob Ngarivhume, president of Transform Zimbabwe also arrives

22 Mar 13:13
Morgan Tsvangirai and other Movement for Democratic Change party officials. 

22 Mar 13:11

22 Mar 13:08

22 Mar 13:05
MDC leader Morgan Tsvangirai arrives

22 Mar 13:02
Pastor Evan Mawarire is also at the protest. 

22 Mar 12:59

Mugabe to die this year pastor Phillip Patrick Mugadza giving opening prayer.

 He says if the country is led by righteous people, Zimbabweans will be happy.

22 Mar 12:37

22 Mar 12:36

22 Mar 12:35

22 Mar 12:35

As protesters await official address from Nera officials, two police grey water canons and a grey Puma truck laden with riot police are cycling the venue.

People continue to trickle in.

22 Mar 12:34

Four plainclothes police have just accosted freelance journalist Garikai Chaunza who is broadcasting live from the venue.

It has taken the intervention of a member of the Zimbabwe National Editors Forum to let him do his job after producing his accreditation card.

22 Mar 12:23
Opposition supporters shouting Zimbabwe Electoral chairperson "Rita Makarau must go".

22 Mar 11:59

22 Mar 11:58
Supporters at the venue waiting patiently for the court outcome.

22 Mar 11:51

22 Mar 11:50

Official proceedings are yet to start.

22 Mar 11:49

Political activist Vivid Gwede says: "The protest gathering by NERA is an important step towards revealing the problems be-devilling the running of elections in Zimbabwe.

"As the government moves towards the biometric voter registration system there is need for all stakeholders including opposition parties to be satisfied with the transparency situation."

22 Mar 11:46
The crowd is growing bit by bit. But it looks like it is mostly youths from the main MDC

22 Mar 11:46

MDC Youth Secretary General Lovemore Chinoputsa says: "We are sending a clear message that we will not budge on our demands for a free and fair electoral process that will solve the political question of the day." 


22 Mar 11:41
Reports on social media say protesters have been given restrictions by the police that they should not exceed 2 500. 

22 Mar 11:39
Promise Mkhwananzi of Tajamuka says about the gathering: "This is good. The people have demonstrated  their resilience and determination. We will never have a compromised election in 2018."

22 Mar 11:38

Political analyst and activist with a leading human rights organisation Rawlings Magade tellas News24 that at law, there is no need for a demonstration.

He says at law the state "should be in charge of the procurement process... energy should be directed to parliament to debate of the procurement as well as for requisite electoral reforms demanded by the opposition parties".

Magade says this, as the crowd awaits court ruling.

22 Mar 11:30
Protesters are singing and whistling 

22 Mar 11:30
People are trickling in to the venue. Reports indicate the crowd is waiting for Nera officials who are in court to secure a High Court order to demonstrate in the streets

22 Mar 11:29
Riot police are strategically positioned near ZEC Kaguvi Street and Jason Moyo in anticipation of Nera officials expected to present a petition to Rita Makarau anytime now

22 Mar 11:27
It's business as usual in the Harare's CBD 

22 Mar 11:08

22 Mar 11:07
A few MDCT legislators have arrived, among them Tapiwa Mashakada and Trevor Saruwaka

22 Mar 10:59

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