Mugabe’s supporters march against Zimbabwe protests

HARARE (Reuters) – Around a thousand supporters of Zimbabwe’s President Robert Mugabe marched to the ruling ZANU-PF party’s headquarters on Wednesday in a show of solidarity following anti-government protests this month.

Photo
A supporter of the ruling party Zanu PF gestures outside the party headquarters to show support for President Robert Mugabe following a wave of anti-governement protests over the last two weeks in Harare, Zimbabwe July 20, 2016. REUTERS/Philimon Bulawayo

On July 8, a ‘stay away’ protest movement led by church minister Evan Mawarire shut down most businesses, government offices, schools and hospitals in the biggest act of public defiance against 92-year old Mugabe in a decade.

Mugabe has said the protests were being sponsored by foreign states and urged citizens to support his government.

Many of those marching in support of Mugabe were members of the ruling ZANU-PF.

“This has given us the chance to express our solidarity with our president, Robert Mugabe,” ZANU-PF youth wing official Tinashe Wenyika said.

“We remain committed to our party as young people and this is a sign that the centre still holds.”

Mawarire, who rallied followers under his #ThisFlag Twitter campaign, says his protests are peaceful and are against government corruption, alleged police brutality, delays in paying state workers’ salaries and cash shortages.

“What pastor Mawarire is saying is just a joke and it’s paranoid,” a ZANU-PF supporter at the march said, declining to give his name.




“We don’t take paranoid as something that can rule the country.”

Mawarire was arrested on charges of treason but the case was thrown out last week in a Zimbabwean court. 

Related Posts
Local corporate-political interface, which is usually hidden, is now slowly emerging and becoming clear in Zimbabwe as Zanu PF’s factional fights expose the ruling party’s nexus with business. Taurai Mangudhla It seems ...
READ MORE
Philosopher who hates success wins $2.5m prize
Jean Vanier dislikes success. To be precise, he dislikes the modern, secular "religion" of success.   As a Catholic philosopher, and activist for the mentally disabled, his life's work has been based ...
READ MORE
Harare - A Zimbabwean opposition leader has reportedly warned of total collapse the day President Robert Mugabe "does not wake up". Former finance minister Tendai Biti, who is the People's Democratic ...
READ MORE
Robert Mugabe flies out for UN General Assembly
HARARE - President Robert Mugabe has left Harare for New York to attend the 70th session of the United Nations (UN) General Assembly which began its current sitting on the ...
READ MORE
By Anders Kompass
By the time I reported the sexual abuse of children by peacekeepers in Central African Republic in 2014, I had worked for the UN for nearly 20 years. By Anders Kompass. There ...
READ MORE
Zimbabwean in New Zealand Ventures Into Courier Business
AUCKLAND—Former Zimbabwe Broadcasting Corporation staffer, Sipho Dube, has ventured into a courier business in Auckland, New Zealand, which plays a critical role in moving and receiving mail and other accessories ...
READ MORE
HARARE - Pro-democracy and opposition political groups seeking to have the High Court overturn a police ban on demonstrations in central Harare will have to wait a little longer after ...
READ MORE
Hundreds drown off Libya, EU leaders forced to reconsider migrant crisis
PALERMO, Italy (Reuters) - As many as 700 migrants were feared dead on Sunday after their boat capsized in the Mediterranean, raising pressure on Europe to face down anti-immigrant bias ...
READ MORE
Dairibord to import 500 heifers as milk supplies remain depressed
HARARE,– Zimbabwe’s largest dairy processor, Dairibord Holdings, says it will import 500 heifers this year to help increase raw milk supplies which remain depressed. Dairibord chairman Leonard Tsumba said in a ...
READ MORE
Djokovic to meet Federer in Rome final
ROME May 16 (Reuters) - For the first time this week Novak Djokovic needed only two sets to triumph at the Rome Masters, beating Spain's David Ferrer 6-4 6-4 as ...
READ MORE
Tycoons hobnob with Zanu PF elites
Philosopher who hates success wins $2.5m prize
Post-Mugabe Zimbabwe will be chaotic – politician
Robert Mugabe flies out for UN General Assembly
The ethical failure – Why I resigned from
Zimbabwean in New Zealand Ventures Into Courier Business
Setback for opposition parties
Hundreds drown off Libya, EU leaders forced to
Dairibord to import 500 heifers as milk supplies
Djokovic to meet Federer in Rome final

Arts & Entertainment

Arts & Entertainment

Drake ends Sheeran’s Billboard 200 reign, smashes streaming record

27th March 2017 Staff Reporter 0

Drake ended Ed Sheeran’s two week reign atop the Billboard 200 album chart on Monday, selling a monster 505,000 copies of his new album “More Life,” according to figures from Nielsen SoundScan. The Canadian rapper, […]

Arts & Entertainment

Ex-Utakataka bassists to launch album in Mzansi

25th March 2017 Staff Reporter 0

RONNIE Mudhindo’s musical journey is not complete without the mentioning of his early days with the late Tongai “Dhewa” Moyo and Utakataka Express band. The reference involves both sweetness and sourness. Utakataka fans may remember […]