President draws mega crowd

Part of the multitudes who came out to see the President

Part of the multitudes who came out to see the President

Farirai Machivenyika and Nduduzo Tshuma in Beitbridge.
President Emmerson Mnangagwa yesterday made an unscheduled address to thousands of Zanu-PF supporters gathered at Dulivhadzimu Stadium after commissioning the $241 million refurbishment and expansion of the Beitbridge Border Post.

Two weeks ago another huge crowd also gathered at the Colliery Stadium in Hwange waiting to be addressed after the President had officiated at the laying of the foundation stone for the $1, 5 billion Hwange Thermal Power Station expansion project.

On that occasion the President, who has attracted huge crowds wherever he has gone, failed to address the crowd because of a tight schedule.

In his address yesterday, President Mnangagwa said he was overwhelmed by the huge turn out by Beitbridge residents especially when there was another rally in the district addressed by Vice President Constantino Chiwenga.

“I am happy by the high turnout here because I had not planned to address a rally today as you know Vice President Chiwenga had another rally nearby but when I heard about the huge turnout here, I said as a servant leader I can’t just go without coming here to greet and talk to you,” he said.

“I hope on July 30 you will turn out in your numbers to vote for your President, MPs and councillors.”

President Mnangagwa hailed Matabeleland South province for voting overwhelmingly for Zanu-PF in the 2013 elections when the party swept all 13 National Assembly seats, challenging them to repeat the same on July 30.

“The party is very strong in Matabeleland South, it is a pillar of the party and I urge you to remain like that,” he said to the cheering crowds.

“We have opened up democratic space in this country and there are many political parties, 133 of them so that the game becomes enjoyable but we don’t want any violence. Why should we be worried by these small parties with little following?”

The President said he was a servant leader who followed the aspirations of the people adding that all his lieutenants should also work to fulfil people’s needs.

“So from today you should know that all the leaders up front here are your servants. Any leader who doesn’t do that you should let me know and I will fire him or her. Leaders should know that they are servants of the people.

“Even I as President I am a servant so who should not be a servant if I am a servant of the people? We derive authority from you the people so you have power over us because you are the ones who bestow authority on us,” he said.

Turning to other issues the President said Government was working on the devolution of power so that provinces take an active role in their development.

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  • Ndlela Zimhlophe

    State media is actually Zanu PF media, it provides biased coverage supporting the man that murdered 20,000 plus Matebeles , a man who has been part of the murderous regime for 38 years, the right hand man to Mugabe, a man who perpetrated election violence for Mgabe his former boss and denigrating the young man that once a chance to develop this country. Where is ZEC in the middle of all this, in bed with Zanu I guess? Shame on this so called state media.

    • Tebogo Maja

      Maybe he has repented…

      • Ndlela Zimhlophe

        Whether he has repented or not, Mthwakazi must not give a chance to this ED murderer who still cannot apologize. He foamed on the mouth when simply asked, “why won’t u apologize?” I will never forgive this regime for the massacres and the tribalism which I see being done across private n public sector in Matebeleland where shonas get all the jobs in Matebeleland and Ndebeles walk around jobless because they “are not educated”. Nxaa

  • Ndlela Zimhlophe

    Refurbishment of the border that benefits the entire mashonaland at the expense of matebeleland, u will not see the refurbishment….its all talk

    • zibulo

      same goes for Plumtree border post, 90 per cent non locals employed, with the record breaking happening in all this being the Security Company that got the tender to Guard the Plumtree border employing 90 per cent Shonas and five cent locals, bayalamba abantwana base beitbridge and Plumtree , daily bahlala bebona amaShona boasting ukuthi “bakafunda ” . Since Nkomo gaev ZAPU to ZANU,thina esasalayo what have we done so far-we have only spoken, out of emotions whilst our young go out to RSA. We have emotional pressure groups which have to come out of that and start talking Positive and Actually do what we can to correct this UGLY TRIBALISM. Yes we only see Mgabe,Mnanangwa , Auxilliary force Auxilliar when they want our vote, and they target our parents , yes because lathi we aren’t mobilizing . While the enemy sneaks in in various ways, coming into us to ‘remind us”we are not Real Ndebeles so that they take the jobs and all, we should be looking at the Constitution, to see what laws ZANU has broken and challenge them in the Concourt through legal aid, lawyers etc. No one will ever help us, Some of us even blame us when we say these things, soe have sold out and followed the pot with “the meaty bones”. 37 years and beitbridge,plumtree, vic falls still do not benefit us in terms of jobs, so yini esiyincengayo coa abantwana bakoNxele e Plumtree border baseGoli bonke , coz akula spokesperson

      • Mukwirivindi WaMazungunye

        Zibalo, who do you expect to come and tell you to get off your butt and look for work? You say the Shonas say ‘Bafundile’, is that a lie anyway? Go to Byo and count how many beer gardens you have in close proximity. I can name them for you, madlodlo, Gibixegu, Kongo, in Nube two of them are within 500m. Building beer gardens instead of schools. Go to Masvingo, you will find a school every 5km, and each has a primary and its own secondary school. Go to NUST and find out who are the most tudents there. Ooh, you still want NUST to recruit according to regionalism and not ‘A’ level points, isn’t it. Stop being cry babies you people for no one has time to baby sit you. We are all busy competitng in this world where God gives everyone 24 hours in a day, unfortunately some like Zibalo sleep a better part of this 24 hours, or simply sit idly whilst waiting for an engel to lift him off his but. Very sorry.

        • Doctor Do little

          There are many of us that have made it without the assistance of any Politician or Government but if you are not aware that institutions like the NRZ, Passport Office, and other Job opportunities controlled or influenced by the Government are 80% Nepotism the you are living on the moon. That being the case since the word Nepotism means the practice among those with power or influence of favouring relatives or friends by giving them jobs it would stand to reason that this would reflect as tribalism because in most cases ones relatives and friends are found in ones tribe. I am cautious with that term because I have seen some serious poverty in Mashonaland as well. I can however understand that when Politicians and people of influence bring in people from other regions and dominate services why my co contributor Zibulo would make a noise. The mirth about education is a whole lot of nonsense as well because even in Masvingo which I have been to many times the illiteracy is visibly high.

          • Jump off a moving bus

            Basically you’re suffering the consequences of years spent as an alcoholic. The alcohol has damaged your brain and resulted in dementia coupled with regular bouts of hallucinations and convulsions.

          • Doctor Do little

            Basically you are suffering from stupidity cause by jumping off a moving bus causing you serious brain injury.

          • Dumi

            Jump off a moving bus did not jump off a moving bus. He jumped off a moving donkey and it kicked him it the head. That is why he talks nonsense because to him sense is nonsene and nonsense is sense KKKKKK

        • Ndlela Zimhlophe

          To f£7ken h%ll with these assumptions, Shonas are favoured by the system, I hate these evil people shame man. Our people were murdered, and blamed for the massacres by this EDiot and his bosses, the entire mashonaland works in Vic Falls, Plumtree, and Beitbridge at the expense of the people from the Matebeleland provinces because abantu bakithi kuthiwa abafundanga. What education does one need to stamp a passport, to become a security guard, to offer clean…..these people think we are fools ne. One day is one day, Mthwakazi will rise and drive u all fools off our land in coffins

        • Duze

          Mr Educated somebody what is a “Tudend” and what is an “Engel” . You are the type of person Do little seen in Masvingo.

          • Dumi

            I think Mr Educated man is trying to say “student” and “Angle” iskiwa madoda eish???

          • Dumi

            Or Angel? kkkkkkkk

  • kuzaphela

    The butcher of matebeleland.

  • Mukwirivindi WaMazungunye

    These choruses of baby-crying people like Zibalo are now nauseating and jaring to our ears. Who do you expect to come and tell you to get off your butt and
    look for work? You say the Shonas say ‘Bafundile’, is that a lie anyway?
    Go to Byo and count how many beer gardens you have in close proximity. I
    can name them for you, madlodlo, Gibixegu, Kongo, in Nube two of them
    are within 500m. Building beer gardens instead of schools. Go to
    Masvingo, you will find a school every 5km, and each has a primary and
    its own secondary school. Go to NUST and find out who are the most
    tudents there. Ooh, you still want NUST to recruit according to
    regionalism and not ‘A’ level points, isn’t it. Stop being cry babies
    you people for no one has time to baby sit you. We are all busy
    competitng in this world where God gives everyone 24 hours in a day,
    unfortunately some like Zibalo sleep a better part of this 24 hours, or
    simply sit idly whilst waiting for an engel to lift him off his but.
    Very sorry.

    • Ndlela Zimhlophe

      Its a lie, lifunde okwangaphi…the gukurahundi system has long favoured you. Mwanza wekumusha syndrome is how most of u have gotten jobs in Matebeleland. Nxa go work in Mashonaland since u are so innovative at creating jobs sies

    • MakhosiXamu

      Zibulo will kill you with his bare hands, I’m terring you!!!

    • Essexvale

      I sense that your reasoning is intentionally insensitive to the real issues which affect communities in this region. It’s therefore necessary to treat such blatant insincerity with the uncompromising determination that it deserves. People should not be called cry babies simply because they speak out against injustice. You should be ashamed of yourself for boastfully supporting an evil system that systematically subjects an entire populace to undignified marginalisation in terms of decent education, jobs, service delivery and resource distribution. People like you need to walk the talk if ever your tired mantra about this country and its resources being equally for all citizens is to be believed.

      • Mukwirivindi WaMazungunye

        I do not know how you view life, but if you are expecting a organisation to move door to door in a given community, asking for people to employ, you will then lead a very miserable life. Speaking a language or having a permasnent home in a given area, (be it Beit Bridge, Polokwane, Jerera, Maphisa) is not a qualification for a job even if that job is in passports department, customs, NRZ, etc etc. So you think you can stand up and proudly present a National ID that says you are from Beit Bridge, and think you have a certificate that entitles you to employment? Please, life is a drama where individuals display self-interest. You have to equip yourself to be outstanding in terms of education and professional qualifications, and experience as well. These things you wont get from birth, but you have to work for them. Waiting for your ID to work for you is like waiting for a man to get pregnant. Let’s get off our butt and improve our chances of being hired.

        • Dr Fayke Phd

          Come on you know as well as we all do that there is selective staffing based on 1) Relationship 2) Party and 3) tribe. The excuse that is used is that Shonas are more educated but the truth of the matter is that they hire family who in turn hire friends and sometimes money exchanges under the table.

          • World Citizen

            Try and apply for a job at Ingwebu if your surname isnt Ndlovu and then come back and tell me Shonas are the only tribalist, “nepotists” in this country. Even if your surname is Khumalo you will not get a job there, guaranteed!

        • Essexvale

          Either you’re not getting the message or you’re deliberately feigning ignorance on this one. Whichever it is, I’m not going to waste time repeating my earlier explanation. You have the message, it therefore remains for you to accept it graciously or ignore it altogether. Your choice in this case does not bother me.

          • Mukwirivindi WaMazungunye

            One thing, I respect you for debating rationally and professionally. I want to leave you with a question, if it were you in control of what is necessary, how would go about it to produce your degree of equity of fairness?

          • Doctor Do little

            If I may but in here the first call would be to outlaw the hiring of family and close friend in similar departments. Do you really think that if I got my relative or homeboy a job where I am working and he gets into trouble I won’t try to protect them? Do you think if my friend or relative are incompetent I would fire them? Ask anyone that was lucky enough to get jobs in these institutions if there are no untouchables in the lower ranks that someone that is not connected in the higher ranks can discipline. That is why the NRZ and other such institutions failed because you had too many of General work force that were “Kept” people and no one could touch them because they were so and so or connected to so and so which permit ed them to laze about unproductively whilst only a few put effort. Who crated this scenario? Zanu PF.

    • mzikayifani

      going to university using 20 points of leaked exam papers.Have you ever heard of exam leakages in the Mthwakazi region.if there was any then the culprit is of the Shonas who were described by one author, T.O.Ranger as ” a wreck morally,physically and intellectually”

  • Nkunzemnyama

    How many people make a ‘mega’ crowd?

    • mazicobomoco7

      A mega is agroup of principled ,vissionary and dignified -mature people who have the better knowledge of where they come from , where they are now and where they are going. People who are eager to listen to the servant of people rather than listen to a ring leader an antagonist with no future ahead of him-ED pfeeeeeeeeeeee

    • Mumzee

      It all depends on the number of people who were expected to attend in e first place… Once it exceeds then its a mega crowd

  • Public enemy

    A job well done mr president ,, its plus a vote there

  • Dr amai

    Its not like you have a choice president,, you ought to be a servant leader lest we vote you out

    • Stonyeni

      Being a servant leader is the choice he made, mugabe tempered with you all anyhow what did you to him ???? ED knows the law and he respects it. Just as he respects the rights of the people and the tenets of democrcy, that is why he is a servant leader

  • Boobae

    You are surely an economist,, i have been following …we wil make a good zimbabwe if you step down and become chamisa’s advisor because ou are old now, it must be straining you…

    • Mumzee

      As long as its chamisa and his gang of greedy people he calls
      allies nothing good will prevail in zimbabwe

    • Dombo

      He is okay that way, he doesnt need any chamisa to help and hey age doesnt have any bearing as long as he is still able to deliver his duties as the president we are good to go

    • madikizela

      yu are admitting that he is on the right direction and he is making progress…..at least you are not blind

      ED is completing yet you are busy competing

  • Mqino

    This is the ideal President…watch the space, Zimbabwe is heading to the twilight of its recovery

  • qondani

    And they all ran away

    • Django

      Yerp after rally ….heard you mdc bribbed people to come to your march….did yu give them their monies or yu are still broke