AS IT HAPPENED: Gabriella Engels 'is not an angel', says Zanu-PF

2017-08-30 13:30

Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe's ruling Zanu-PF party has organised a march and rally in Harare to show support for under fire First Lady Grace Mugabe. Follow the live updates.

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30 Aug 15:03
Zanu-PF Secretary for Administration, Ignatius Chombo says he will relay the message to president Mugabe and his wife Grace. 

30 Aug 14:28
President Mugabe has never said that he wants to be succeeded by his wife or his children, says Chimene

30 Aug 14:26
When the presidency becomes vacant anyone can contest, says Chimene

30 Aug 14:26
Some people were being told not to come to this event by factionalists. We have come to show the First Lady we will stand by her like we stand by the president, says Chimene

30 Aug 14:25
Tell those who want to succeed the president that their time is not yet up. Call me any name I will receive, says Chimene

30 Aug 14:25
We only know one leader and his wife, there is no way we are going to respect the president and not respect his wife, says Chimene

30 Aug 14:17
We want one leader at a time and we have President Mugabe at the moment, says Chimene

30 Aug 14:16
Anyone who goes against the party's principles must be told the truth straight in his or her face, says Chimene

30 Aug 14:12
By looking after our president, the First Lady is  a war veteran by association and participation, says Chimene

30 Aug 14:10
Chimene likens Grace to medium spirit Mbuya Nehanda

30 Aug 14:10
Some of you are going to succumb to sugar coated bullets, says Chimene

30 Aug 14:09
If you scold President Mugabe you are actually promoting him, the same applies to our First Lady, says Chimene

30 Aug 14:08

Another war vets leader Mandi Chimene takes to the podium

30 Aug 14:07
Mlala: "The media can say whatever they want about the First Lady but as war veterans we are solidly behind her."

30 Aug 14:06
Mlala says he is unhappy that some war veterans are supporting the Chris Mutsvangwa led war veterans body when Mutsvangwa and his clique were expelled from Zanu-PF

30 Aug 14:05
War vets leader George Mlala says Grace Mugabe will not remain quiet when her husband is being scolded

30 Aug 13:45
Introductions now being done

30 Aug 13:44

Zanu-PF national political commissar Saviour Kasukuwere arrives

30 Aug 13:33
Some Zanu-PF supporters holding a placard written "down with AfriForum". 

30 Aug 13:31
National anthem now being sung

30 Aug 13:30
Zanu-PF youth leader Kudzi Chipanga and youth league leadership.

30 Aug 13:29
Opening prayer

30 Aug 13:29
President Robert said to be giving his keynote address at the Rainbow Towers and party supporters asked to reduce their singing

30 Aug 13:22
Some on social media are asking what is is that Grace has done to deserve a solidarity march. 

30 Aug 13:20
The Zanu-PF Women's league, which is led by Grace Mugabe has a banner written: "We are on solid ground".  

30 Aug 13:06
Supporters asked to be quiet as there is a "briefing" of the party leadership in the offices

30 Aug 13:04
Zanu-PF supporters at the party headquarters in Harare.

30 Aug 12:50
A vehicle with a picture of President Robert Mugabe at the rally. 

30 Aug 12:48
Some Zanu-PF supporters singing Amai (Mrs) Mugabe is right

30 Aug 12:44
More scenes from the Grace Mugabe march 

30 Aug 12:41

Thousands of people have now gathered at the Zanu-PF headquaters and more are still marching to the party's offices.

Supporters chanting "one center of power"

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30 Aug 12:19
The state-owned Herald has a six page supplement praising Grace Mugabe; "loving mother, compassionate philanthropist, perceptive politician, patriot..."

30 Aug 12:18

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30 Aug 12:13
One of the placards carried by Zanu-PF supporters reads: "[Gabriella] Engels is not an angel."

30 Aug 11:48
Supporters of Zanu-PF

30 Aug 11:47
The march begins 

30 Aug 11:36

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30 Aug 10:51

30 Aug 10:49

From News24's Njabulo Ncube at the South African embassy in Harare

Harare – Zimbabwe police have summoned organisers of a peaceful protest which had been planned for this morning outside the South African embassy over Pretoria’s decision to grant President Robert Mugabe’s wife, Grace, diplomatic immunity.

Information obtained by News24 indicates police visited the offices of the National Electoral Reform Agenda (Nera) offices before asking officials to accompany them to the charge office at Harare Central police station.

Police are said to be reluctant to authorise the peaceful protest, according to officials, fearing to embarrass the First Lady on the same day that Zanu-PF is holding a solidarity march for her after she  escaped arrest in South Africa for assaulting a model Gabriella Engels.

Speaking to News24 while at the police station, Davis Mukusha, a Nera official who is one of the organisers, said it appeared police wanted to stop the peaceful protest which had been slated for 10:00 to 1pm at the South African embassy in Harare.

By 10:30 the protest had not started as officials were still in talks with police. “A while ago they came to our offices and tensely cautioned us against marching or else there will be consequences,” Mukusha told News24.

Nera officially advised police of the planned demonstration on Monday this week. But police documents seen by News24 indicated police wanted the organisers of the protest to make a fresh application, citing the Public Order Security Act.

According to the documents, Nera needed to notify authorities at seven days prior to the protest. But Nera said they intended to defy the police’s directive.

A handful of people waited the start.

“We are seeking clarification on the response they just gave us this morning,” said Mukusha.

“But that won't shift goalposts. We are going to the embassy with or without the clearance in 30 minutes.” More to follow. 


30 Aug 10:33
Supporters walking to the ruling party offices

30 Aug 10:31
The Zanu-PF headquarters in the capital Harare.  

30 Aug 10:30

News24 Correspondent Frank Chikowore says people are coming in "dribs and drabs".

Some are in busses.

Youths are singing "Joice Mujuru ucharohwa nevakomana" meaning "Joice Mujuru you will be beaten by the boys"

30 Aug 10:28
Some, like @Sibango are surprised Zanu-PF has decided to go ahead with the solidarity march for Grace.  

30 Aug 10:27
Zimbabwean police are reportedly on standby as Zanu-PF supporters gather for Grace Mugabe solidarity march and rally. Watch the video from social media 

30 Aug 10:27
Zimbabwean police are reportedly on standby as Zanu-PF supporters gather for Grace Mugabe solidarity march and rally. Watch the video from social media 

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