AS IT HAPPENED: Mugabe's 28 mins State of the Nation Address

2016-12-06 15:05

Get the latest details as Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe delivers the State of the Nation Address in the capital Harare.

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The veteran leader finished his #SONA in a record 28 minutes

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 Mugabe ends his address

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Mugabe: I wish all of us an accident free festive season                                                

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Mugabe: I want to urge everyone to cherish the peace that continues to be the envy of many. Let's us thank our forces for the peaceful environment that we have

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Zimbabwe left a mark in the region and on the continent following its chairing of both the SADC and the African Union.

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Public service commission is aiming to restructure line ministries. We are rationalising redundant posts

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Government is working on availing land to youths and women to support empowerment programmes

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Mugabe: We have introduced Stem initiative that has seen thousands of students enrolling to study science and mathematics

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Mugabe: Power supply in the country has improved greatly with minimum load shedding

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Mugabe: Government is concerned about the high levels of gender based violence, especially against women and girls

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Mugabe: We have put high on the agenda the establishment of a women's micro finance bank

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Mugabe: We are empowering women

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Mugabe: We are trying to improve access to financing by SMEs

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Peace prevailing in the country is positively contributing to the growth in tourism

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Mugabe: Most tourists are coming from Asia

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Mugabe: Tourism is experiencing tremendous growth

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Mugabe: The tripartite negotiating forum must pursue the social contract as agreed in Kadoma

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Mugabe: We want to accelerate the ease of doing business in order to attract foreign direct investment

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Mugabe: Gold mining by artisanal miners has been steadily progressing

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Mugabe: In 2015 milk milk production was only 58 million litres against a national demand of 120 million litres

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Mugabe: Dairy industry is poised for further growth

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Mugabe: We are working on resuscitating the cotton production

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Mugabe: Government is rolling out the presidential input scheme targeting about 800 000 communal farmers

06 Dec 15:09
Mugabe: We are importing grain to address grain deficit caused by El Niño

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Mugabe: We need to focus on financial sector stability

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Mugabe: Local companies have benefited from Statutory Instrument 64

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Mugabe starts addressing the nation 

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Mugabe arrives

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Reports indicate there is tight security at Parliament as the Zimbabweans wait for Mugabe's speech. 

The president still hasn't arrived yet. 

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An anti-riot truck passes through parly as generals wait for Mugabe to arrive

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Army generals waiting for Mugabe 

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Vice President Emerson Mnangagwa arrives

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Vice President Phelekezela Mphoko arrives at Parliament.

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Members of Parliament now getting into Parliament 

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The Parliament building of Zimbabwe 

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The main entrance of the parliament is secured by the army and police. 

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Setting up: Zim journalists wait for President Mugabe to arrive at parliament 

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One of Mugabe’s loyalists, Zanu-PF Member of Parliament for Highfield West says the nonagenarian has always "confounded his critics by giving a nationalistic and optimistic SANA".  

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Some on Twitter hoped Mugabe, 92, would use the SONA to announce his resignation.  

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In a sign of just how seriously Zimbabwe takes security around the president and top officials, roads around parliament will be closed for two hours this afternoon, an official communique from the clerk of parliament Kennedy Chokuda has said.

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News24 reported earlier that most Zimbabweans were not hopeful ahead of the veteran leader's speech. 

06 Dec 13:53

Cape Town - Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe is set to deliver the State of the Nation Address on Tuesday, a week after he delayed the event to attend the funeral of Cuban leader Fidel Castro.

According to the state owned Herald newspaper, a live broadcast of President Mugabe’s speech will resume at 14:00 on the southern African country’s national television station.

Clerk of Parliament Kennedy Chokuda said that Mugabe was expected to touch on a number of important issues.

"Basically what the president will be doing is to inform the nation on how our nation has faired during the course of the year. The things that we have succeeded in achieving and the challenges that we are facing," Chokuda was quoted as saying.

News24 Correspondent Frank Chikowore is covering the event. 

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