Lawrence Mashiri, a resident of Harare, said he had come to celebrate.
“We are happy today. This our independence,” he said.
“People say we got our independence in 1980, but that’s not true. We are gaining our independence today,” Mashiri said.
“It’s time the old man must go,” he said.
Mashiri said he was grateful that the army stepped in and took the country back from Mugabe.
“If we get the right leaders, we can prosper,” he said.
People arrived at the sports ground in anticipation of opposition leaders and leaders of the War Veterans’ Association.
They posed for pictures with the army stationed around the area, with some thanking them for their contribution.
One man, who only wanted to be identified as Simba, said he had travelled overnight from Bulawayo to “witness this historic day”.
“We have waited for this for a long time. We have suffered and now we are hopeful that our situation will change,” he said.