HARARE – Zanu PF will today literally shut down the capital city as hordes of its supporters engage in a controversial “one million-man march” that will see them congregating at the so-called Robert Mugabe Square near the Harare Show Grounds.
While today is Africa Day and therefore a public holiday, residents of Harare will be certainly caught up in the march that is being staged in support of 92-year-old President Robert Mugabe.
From the information released by the Zanu PF youth league that is organising the event, the controversial demonstration dubbed one million-man march will see roads such as Samora Machel Avenue, Robert Mugabe Road, Second Street, Rotten Row and Prince Edward Road and several other feeder roads being affected.
Zanu PF youth league deputy secretary Kudzanai Chipanga told the Daily News that provinces will camp at designated provincial assembly points just outside the central business district.
He said more than one million party supporters will descend on Harare since some provinces “did extremely well in terms of mobilisation”.
“It’s all systems go now because we have done what was supposed to be the difficult part that is mobilisation but we surprised even ourselves in that regard as we expect more than one million people after some provinces surpassed what we had envisaged.
“Yet transport is not a challenge because Zanu PF is one of the biggest and oldest political parties so that is solved. By tomorrow, (today) everything will be in place,” Chipanga told some stakeholders during a tour of the venue yesterday.
The National Sports Stadium has been reserved for all Matabeleland provinces as well as Midlands, while party supporters from Mashonaland West will assemble at Kensington Shopping Centre and East 24 will play host to Manicaland and Mashonaland East provinces.
Harare province will assemble at Raylton Sports Club with Rufaro Stadium hosting Masvingo. Mashonaland Central province will be at corner Cork Road and Sam Nujoma Street near the South African Embassy.
The provinces are expected to then march from these points from 0900 hours towards “Robert Mugabe Square” (which opposition parties refer to as Freedom Square) where they will be addressed by the party’s nonagenarian leader.