As it happened: MDC 'mega' rally

2016-11-26 15:00

Get the latest details as Zimbabwean opposition Movement for Democratic Change leader Morgan Tsvangirai addresses thousands of his party supporters at Zimbabwe Grounds in Harare.

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26 Nov 15:16
Tsvangirai gets off stage and is escorted to his car as the rains continue to pour

26 Nov 15:14
Tsvangirai: The rains may get you sick so let me just say this to Mugabe: "You have failed so you must step down immediately to pave way for new blood. You must feel for the traumatised people of this country

26 Nov 15:11
Tsvangirai: The MDC is ready to govern, all we want is a free, fair and credible election in 2018"

26 Nov 15:10
Tsvangirai: We want electoral reforms to be implemented before the 2018 elections. We don't want elections that breed a predetermined outcome

26 Nov 15:09
Tsvangirai: People talk about a GNU (government of national unity), I am not going to be part of a second government of national unity

26 Nov 15:07

Tsvangirai: Thousands are facing starvation, companies are closing, there is no money in the banks, we are experiencing a liquidity crunch because Mugabe's economic policies are old fashioned.

MDC is the answer. 

26 Nov 15:04
Tsvangirai: Mugabe cannot be trusted to run the affairs of this anymore, his party has no solution to the myriad of challenges affecting this great nation

26 Nov 15:02
Tsvangirai: Zanu-PF has no clue. They can't address the challenges facing the nation today

26 Nov 15:01
Tsvangirai: Mugabe has failed to create jobs and the economy is collapsing every day

26 Nov 14:56
Tsvangirai: 2016 has been the most difficult year for many people in this country

26 Nov 14:55
He is now addressing the crowd as an aide holds an umbrella for him

26 Nov 14:53
Tsvangirai leads supporters in chanting the party slogan

26 Nov 14:52
Bhebhe invites Tsvangirai to the podium

26 Nov 14:52
Supporters chant "kana izvozvi" (even now)

26 Nov 14:51
Bhebhe urges supporters to take the streets on November 30 to protest against the proposed introduction of bond notes by Zimbabwe's central bank

26 Nov 14:51
Tsvangirai is heard talking to his three deputies saying : "How do I address them when it's raining like this?"

26 Nov 14:50
Supporters call for Tsvangirai to get to the podium.

26 Nov 14:50

Bhebhe calls former Glen View MP Paul Madzore to the podium.

Madzore, who had rebelled against Tsvangirai rejoined the party a few weeks.

Madzore chants the party's slogan and supporters welcome him back with loud cheers and whistling.

26 Nov 14:42
The party's national organising secretary Abednico Bhebhe takes to the podium.

26 Nov 14:42
Supporters continue to sing in the rain.

26 Nov 14:41
Tsvangirai gets off stage as the rains pour.

26 Nov 14:38
Tsvangirai is expected to talk about the national crisis and also give an update on the coalition of opposition parties ahead of 2018.

26 Nov 14:22
Part of the crowd at the rally. 

26 Nov 14:08
Morgan Tsvangirai arrives 

26 Nov 14:08

26 Nov 14:08
Thousands have braved wet weather to attend the rally.

26 Nov 14:08

Cape Town – Zimbabwean opposition Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) leader Morgan Tsvangirai is expected to address thousands of his party supporters in Harare on Saturday, News Day reports.

The rally dubbed the "Shutdown" would be held at the Zimbabwe Grounds in Highfields, ahead of a "major" demonstration against President Robert Mugabe's government next week, the report said.

This would be Tsvangirai's first appearance in public after a lengthy absence due to ill health.

Tsvangirai disclosed in June that he had cancer of the colon.

News24 correspondent Frank Chikowore is on the ground covering the event.

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