December 15, 2017
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2:48 it was the voice of the people that convinced the outer world that it was a national issue that could be solved internally.

12:47 This resulted in my ending of exile.During the time, our constitution was upheld and no single life was lost as a direct result of the operation.

12:47 Thanks central committee members and MPs who were determined to bring to fulfillment of the aspirations of the people of Zimbabwe

12:46 I would like to salute General Constantino Chiwenga and all members of the ZDF for putting peace and stability of the country first

12:46 I thank the war veterans for their resolute fight for the new dispensation

12:45 All people came together to call for a shift of direction

12:45 The events were democratic to the millions of Zimbabwe

12:44 Congress convened in the backdrop of events known as operation restore legacy.

12:43 We promise to uphold the constitution in the preparation for the elections.

12:36: Democracy, equality and rule of law is the foundation of Zanu PF

12:34: Pays tribute to Mugabe.

12:31: lists many former fighters including the late vice president Simon Muzenda and Joshua Nkomo.

12:29: Mnangagwa salute liberation luminaries.

12:26: President Emmerson Mnangagwa takes to the podium to give his keynote address.

12:21: Mpofu equates Mnangagwa to the biblical Joshua.

12:19: Mpofu is now giving his welcome address after which he will invite President Mnangagwa to give his keynote address.

12:13 Khaya Moyo tries to douse his mistake by claiming that Emmerson Mnangagwa was not against former president Robert Mugabe but he targeted only criminals around him.

1203: Delegates are now being presented to the congress and they are making their presence felt through song and dance.

1201: Dr Mpofu has also warned Harare delegates to behave saying President Mnangagwa is a strict disciplinarian.

1158: Cde Khaya Moyo castigates Harare Province delegates for being unruly during Cde Chikukwa’s address and especially so in the presence of President Mnangagwa.

1154: Master of Ceremony Cde Simon Khaya Moyo calls for chairpersons that will be invited to the podium to make welcome remarks only and make no salutations as they’re known. The speakers should get straight to the point. Cde Miriam Chikukwa is now making her welcome remarks as the Minister of State for Harare Provincial Affairs

1152: He says the appointment of President Mnangagwa marks the start of a new era. Cde Masimirembwa narrates the process that led to the resignation of former President Cde Robert Mugabe.  He says the province is delighted to be at the congress and duly nominates President Mnangagwa to be the party’s candidate in the harmonised elections set for 2018.

1145: Chairman of Harare Metropolitan Province, Cde Goodwills Masimirembwa, is now on the podium.

1138: Acting Secretary of Administration Dr Obert Mpofu gets the official business started by reading the agenda of the extraordinary congress.

1131: The delegates are now on their feet dancing as Jah Prayzah belts out his popular song-Kutonga Kwaro.

1124: President Mnangagwa is flanked at the high table by acting Secretary for Administration Dr Obert Mpofu and Secretary for Legal Affairs Cde Patrick Chinamasa while the First Lady is seated with her fellow Politburo members.

1112: Tree planting is now complete and the programme now shifts inside where President Mnangagwa will give his opening remarks.


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1054: The President is also officially opening a park which will be established at the Robert Mugabe square. The park will mainly be made up of fruit trees.

1049: President ED Mnangagwa and the First Lady Amai Auxillia Mnangagwa have just arrived at the congress venue. They are now planting trees at the venue to launch the National Tree Planting day.

1044: Delegates to the Zanu-PF extraordinary congress, which is being held at the Robert Mugabe Square behind Rainbow Towers in Harare, are now seated as they wait for President Emmerson Mnangagwa’s arrival. Only senior party members remain outside as they wait to welcome President Mnangagwa who is set to plant a tree as part of commemorations of the National Tree Planting day.

Around 7 874 people are expected to attend from the ten provinces in Zimbabwe, various Zanu-PF chapters in the diaspora and international friends of the party. Delegates will be drawn from the Central Committee, the National Consultative Assembly, Youth League, Women’s League and the Provincial Executive Councils. The duration was cut to three days from the previously suggested five days with the party leadership agreeing to cut the budget drastically. The congress is expected to endorse changes that came up as a result of Operation Restore Legacy.