GWANDA TOWN COMES ALIVE: Carnival atmosphere ahead of President’s interface rally


President Mugabe arrives at the Joshua Mqabuko Nkomo International Airport in Bulawayo last night ahead of the Matabeleland South Presidential Youth Interface rally. He is received by Vice President Phelekezela Mphoko and  Zanu-PF party officials

President Mugabe arrives at the Joshua Mqabuko Nkomo International Airport in Bulawayo last night ahead of the Matabeleland South Presidential Youth Interface rally. He is received by Vice President Phelekezela Mphoko and Zanu-PF party officials

Richard Mponde and Nduduzo Tshuma
A carnival atmosphere engulfed Gwanda yesterday as thousands of youths arrived at the mining town for the Presidential Youth Interface rally scheduled for today.

Ecstatic youths flooded the streets of Gwanda giving life to the normally quiet mining town.

The day started with a cleanup campaign at Mopani Business Centre about five kilometres from the Central Business District.

After the campaign the centre of attraction was the CBD where the Zimbabwe Prisons and Correctional Services brass band led a 10 kilometre convoy to the high density suburbs passing through Phakama Business Centre to the venue of the rally at Phelandaba Stadium.

Among the high profile dignitaries who participated in the road show were the provincial and national Youth League executive members.

The Deputy Minister of Women Affairs, Gender and Community Development, Cde Abigail Damasane was part of the road show giving morale support to the youths.

The youths were joined by excited residents who chanted the party’s slogans and also joined in the singing and dancing

Earlier on Zanu-PF Secretary for Administration, Cde Ignatius Chombo toured the venue of the rally and expressed satisfaction with the preparations of both the youth interface rally and the December National People’s Conference.

“We are satisfied with the preparations. We also want to tell you that the National People’s conference will be held here in Gwanda. The preparations are positive. We are satisfied with the work being done,” said Cde Chombo.

Meanwhile, hundreds of buses and trucks carrying youths from the province’s seven districts including a train from Beitbridge are expected to arrive this morning.

President Robert Mugabe will be at Phelandaba Stadium for the 6th Presidential Youth Interface rally being hosted by Matabeleland South province.

More than 20 beasts have been donated to the province’s Youth League to feed party supporters and delegates who will grace the event.

Zanu-PF Youth League meetings with the President are expected to run until October when he would have visited all the country’s ten provinces.

President Mugabe has already met youths in Matabeleland North, Masvingo, Manicaland,  Mashonaland East and Mashonaland West provinces.

Meanwhile, President Mugabe arrived in Bulawayo last night ahead of the Presidential Youth Interface Rally at the Phelandaba Stadium in Gwanda, Matabeleland South today.

The President was accompanied by the Minister of Information Media and Broadcasting Services Dr Christopher Mushohwe and his Transport and Infrastructural Development counterpart Dr Joram Gumbo and senior government officials.

He was welcomed at the Joshua Mqabuko Nkomo International Airport by Vice President Phelekezela Mphoko, Bulawayo Provincial Affairs Minister Nomthandazo Eunice Moyo, Zanu-PF Secretary for Youth Affairs Cde Kudzanayi Chipanga and fellow Politburo members Cdes Joshua Malinga, Tshinga Dube and Absolom Sikhosana.

Also among the welcoming party was Zanu-PF Bulawayo provincial chairperson Cde Dennis Ndlovu, Zanu-PF legislators Cdes Andrew Langa, Joseph Tshuma, Godfrey Malaba and service chiefs.

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    Just why he doesnt find it embarrassing to arrive at such a so called Internationala Airport of a so-called 2nd biggest City is beyond me. That sign board announcing Joshua Mqabuko International Airport is like some village signage of some tavern somewhere in Binga. In comparison the man uses so many glimming international airports such as Dubai but alas, he is just not bothered. The Polokwane international airport is a real international airport miles ahead better.

    So he will be passing through the so called CBD in Gwanda – that poor dirt road from South Africa that passes for a tarmac last built by Ian Smith? kkkkkk Lol, what a country. The shops and buildings by the side last saw fresh paint in 1969. Dololo!!!!!

    • pp

      But what wrong has Binga done to you to deserve ridicule? Otherwise I agree with you on all other points!


        Not necessarily. I could have used an example of any other rural tavern – maybe Lupane; Nkayi; Tsholotsho or e Gwelutshena!!

        • Nhlanganiso Mugwagwadzira

          Fuseki wena suka lapha, wena wakhaliswa ngu Doc the other day, saze sakuzwela. Now you want to be talkative coz he’s not around.

          • Simon

            KKKK Wenake uJofa wakuyenzI SBUNGU KKKKKKK

          • fabiene montoya

            Why do you always just come in from nowhere, wena skhotha mdidi.

    • moyoza

      what are u really trying to say. when others are suffering becuase of the regime, you sound to be living pretty with your stomach full of rats and mice


        Just stating facts about Gukurahundi rule in 37 years!!

  • moyoza

    And where was the first lady?

  • mtshayazabhotshe

    top stories Chronicle not this rubbish please!

  • benjamin

    So in other words there isn’t a significant number of ZANU PF youths in Gwanda. Thanks Chronicle for telling facts, even though one still has to read between the lines.

  • Mhlakazanhlansi

    nnxxx …… kambe amandlwane; umphunzo nje

  • BringBackOurFlag



    Kwelika Mthwakazi (Matebeleland) and kwelika Mthaniya (Kwazulu Natal). Together as one!!