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Zimbabweans show support for Robert Mugabe in ‘Million-Man March’

Several thousand Zimbabweans joined a march through Harare in support of President Robert Mugabe on Wednesday after the main opposition party staged its own rally last month.[4]

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The marchers, many of whom were transported to the capital by bus,[9] sang songs praising Mugabe and wore T-shirts displaying his image as they gathered at a central square to hear him address the crowds.

“We are happy that we are marching for our president to prevent the opposition from distracting the country’s leader,” Taremedzwa Chikara, 56,[3] a housewife and supporter of Mugabe’s Zanu-PF party, said. “Our president has the people at heart and we support that a lot.”


Zimbabweans show support for Robert Mugabe

Learn more Muzarabani, 28, a farmer, said he was marching to show his loyalty to Mugabe over controversial land reforms. “We Zimbabweans are here because we love our president.

He has done a lot for us. He gave us land and now we are supporting his indigenisation programme,” Muzarabani said. “Comrade Mugabe is not sick,[6] people lie,” supporters sang in one song defending the 92-year-old president,[8] who has been the subject of regular rumours about his alleged ill health.

“Forward with president Mugabe,” others chanted,[7] as they carried placards carrying messages such as “Youths march in solidarity with the visionary and iconic leadership of President Robert Mugabe.”

Police in anti-riot gear surrounded the speech venue, searching people while heavy security patrols were on the streets of Harare in vehicles and on horseback.[5]

Source: The Guardian

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