AS IT HAPPENED: 'Mugabe must not be allowed to get more older in a wheelchair' - #ZimOppositionRally

2017-04-05 15:00

Get the latest details as the opposition in Zimbabwe converges for a rally at Freedom Square in Harare, where they aim to continue pressing for electoral reforms.


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Last Updated at 14:12
05 Apr 15:10

05 Apr 15:09
Rally comes to an end 

05 Apr 15:08

05 Apr 15:05
Convenor of the rally Elvis Mugari says if ZANU PF uses violence,  Nera will retaliate

05 Apr 15:03
Mugabe must not be allowed to get more older in a wheelchair, says Mudzuri.

05 Apr 15:03
Mudzuri says Street protests will be intensified

05 Apr 15:02
Mugabe has put a wall between the people and their food, says Mudzuri

05 Apr 15:01
Mudzuri: "We made a mistake to allow Rita Makarau to head ZEC as she is a member of Zanu-PF

05 Apr 15:01
Zanu-PF was hijacked by Mugabe, says Mudzuri

05 Apr 15:00
Mudzuri says the police and soldiers are also Zanu-PF victims

05 Apr 14:57
Mudzuri takes to the stage

05 Apr 14:57
Zanu PF will not win in rural areas because we have done our homework,  says Banda

05 Apr 14:57
Banda says people are anxious to see tsvangirai and mujuru  working together in a coalition,  says Banda

05 Apr 14:56

The economy was better during the time when Tsvangirai was in the unity government,  says Banda

"The economy is dead and it needs churches,  politicians and the youth among others to be revived."

05 Apr 14:56

Banda says NPP respects Tsvangirai's contributions in the democratic struggle. 

He says  war veterans are working with the NPP and "we want to hear whether Mugabe will call the opposition a puppet of the West".

05 Apr 14:55
Banda: "We gave Joice Mujuru the mandate to discuss with other parties on coalition issues"

05 Apr 14:55
Munyaradzi Banda of the National People's Party takes to the stage.

05 Apr 14:54

Mukushwa says Zimbabweans need to take their future into their own hands.

He urges opposition supporters must be United

05 Apr 14:53

Mukushwa says there is no difference between Zec and Zanu PF

"We have had problems with our elections because of Zec and the Registrar General Tobaiwa Mudede."

05 Apr 14:53

PSG leader Mukushwa  takes to the stage

He says the chair that Mugabe got is a wheelchair not a massage chair

05 Apr 14:52
Mwonzora says: "Whether we have a free election or not we will not allow Zanu-PF to get away with it, victory is certain"

05 Apr 14:24
"We have renamed the Africa Unity Square to Itai Dzamara Square",  says Mwonzora

05 Apr 14:23

The police told us that we are not allowed to demonstrate in the CBD,  says Mwonzora

"We will not allow Mugabe to abrogate our Constitutional rights", he says.

05 Apr 14:22

Mwonzora says Zec has told them that the government is not going to purchase BVR kits.

He says says the Zec letter to opposition parties does not address the issue of violence.

"it is unfair that Mugabe campaigns using a helicopter on taxpayers money yet opposition parties have no adequate resources," he says 

05 Apr 14:19

 Mwonzora says Zimbabweans deserve a second independence because they are being oppressed

Zec now wants to engage us,  he says

05 Apr 14:17

The Zimbabwe Election Commission (Zec) is unsuitable to run elections and it must be disbanded. We now want Sadc,  African Union and the Union to run the polls

Zec is unconstitutional

05 Apr 14:16
Mwonzora: We cannot leave Zanu-PF to acquire BVR kits alone so the United Nations will be in charge of the acquisition

05 Apr 14:14
Mwonzora: We agreed that when the biometric voters roll is being compiled all political parties should be present

05 Apr 14:12
Mwonzora says each political must be allowed to freely conduct voter education exercises without being subjected to draconian pieces of legislation like POSA (Public Order and Security Act)

05 Apr 14:08
Mwonzora says following the 2013 elections,  we resolved that we don't want violent elections,  we also agreed that political parties must have equal access to state media

05 Apr 14:07
MDC secretary general Douglas Mwonzora takes to the stage

05 Apr 14:03
Chidziva says people must register in their numbers in order to win elections. He says ays if Mugabe fails to implement reforms the youth of Zimbabwe will disrupt elections in 2018

05 Apr 14:02
Happymore Chidziva of #myzimbabwe leads supporters in singing "Chimurenga chatsva"

05 Apr 13:57
"We cannot be led by a leader who is on the wheelchair and we must reject that," says Komichi

05 Apr 13:57
"Zanu-PF cannot rig the next elections because we are united and working together as opposition political parties," says Komichi

05 Apr 13:55

Komichi says the struggle for democracy in Zimbabwe must be intensified. He says that says elections were being rigged through flawed electoral processes.

05 Apr 13:54

Morgan Komichi leads supporters in song. Komichi is the MDC Senator for the Midlands province 

05 Apr 13:47
Chamisa chats with MDC co-deputy president Elias Mudzuri

05 Apr 13:47
MDC vice president Nelson Chamisa and the party's  secretary general Douglas  Mwonzora

05 Apr 13:43

05 Apr 13:37

Time for the opening prayer 

05 Apr 13:10

05 Apr 13:06
Singing has died and so is the momentum. Because of lack of activity police have also withdrawn water canons. They are parked at Market Square.

05 Apr 13:06
One of the opposition supporters at the rally wears a T-shirt inscribed "Mugabe must go" 

05 Apr 13:03
Opposition supporters dance to the music.

05 Apr 12:57
There is a bit of excitement due to the music which urges people to register as voters "to complete the final push "

05 Apr 12:48
Songs 'praise' Tsvangirai

05 Apr 12:47
Kombis with MDC T supporters drive into the rally venue. Dancing ensues music is  blarring from speakers

05 Apr 12:43
Tsvangirai is not expected at the rally, as he is said to be in South Africa. Nelson Chamisa, who is the acting president of the Movement for Democratic Change is scheduled to address the rally, together with other opposition leaders from small parties.

05 Apr 12:31
Opposition supporters sit, as they wait for the arrival of their leaders. 

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