Mnangagwa grovels at rally turnout

Source: Mnangagwa grovels at rally turnout | Newsday (News)


PRESIDENT Emmerson Mnangagwa was on Saturday left a relieved man after thousands of people from Mashonaland East province thronged Mahusekwa Growth Point where he addressed a rally that coincided with the official opening of Mahusekwa District Hospital.

In the recent past, Mnangagwa had been forced to address a handful of people, with MDC feasting on the development which they claimed showed that he lacked legitimacy.

But, at the weekend, an estimated 6 000 people attended Mnangagwa’s rally, prompting the Zanu PF leader, who is facing a growing internal dissent to his rule, to grovel over the respectable attendance.

“I came here for the official opening of this hospital at the invitation of (Health) minister Obadiah Moyo but was told that the Zanu PF family wants to meet me. I want to thank you for the love you have exhibited. I also want to thank you for the massive numbers here,” Mnangagwa said.

Last month, Mnangagwa was forced to abandon addressing a rally in Bindura after a handful of people showed up.

He proceeded to officiate at a graduation ceremony at Bindura University of Science Education after State security details pulled down a podium mounted for him at the flopped rally. This was a month after the same Mashonaland Central snubbed his wife, First Lady Auxilia’s family fun day at Chipadze Stadium.

On October 25, the Zanu PF leader failed to attract masses to fill the giant 60 000-seater National Sports Stadium (NSS) for a march against sanctions imposed on the country by the West.

Only about 7 000 people attended the anti-sanctions march despite bountiful of buses and trains having been lined up to ferry people from across the country. The NSS attendance was ironically almost the same number of people the Zanu PF leader addressed in Mahusekwa. Zanu PF Mashonaland East youth league led by Kelvin Mutsvairo and political commissar Lincoln Matare were involved in mobilising party supporters to travel to Mahusekwa to meet Mnnagagwa.

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    Ndonga 1 year ago

    Perhaps these poor Chihota souls came with the hope that he was going to tell them that they will have doctors and medicines end their suffering at this new hospital.

    I just know that they’re wiser and sadder today.

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    ace mukadota 1 year ago

    All who turn up are presumably still given the traditional free coke bun – to help Comrade ED look like a very popular big wig – he is, at 77 yrs of age, well past his sell by date comrades

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    Jonsonohnbrains1 1 year ago

    This unpopular and uneducated peacock voiced lunatic is deluded to think that the forced crowd came willingly to see him. If he was as wise and educated as Bob, he should throw the hat in and go home to his farm and shut up there.

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    Thi reporter is exaggerating figures. People who came for anti- sanctions march rarely exceededa thousand.

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    Ndonga 1 year ago

    Just watch, the ZANU PF suck up hierarchy will soon be changing the name of that hospital to “The Emmerson Mnangagwa Specialist Medical Centre” and then they, and all of us will then pretend that there are medical doctors and services there.

    Name changing is all that they’re good at, no matter the expense and inconvenience.

    And then the new and wasteful expense when they change all the names again to “Constantino China Chiwenga”.