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Million Man March to honour Zimbabwe president

May 25, 2016 - ZIMBABWE

A so-called Million Man March of the the ruling ZANU-PF party to honour 92-year-old President Robert Mugabe will be held in Mashonaland East, but organisers fear it will be hijacked by factions within the party. One report says that an estimated US $10 million is being sought for the march. A fight is brewing that covers almost every aspect of the event, including who can attend.

The news publication AllAfrica reports that Defence Minister Sydney Sekeramayi has taken over preparations for the event amid fears that some party youths were seeking to sabotage it.

The publication also reports that the march has further strained relations in ZANU-PF with the Zimbabwe National Liberation War Veterans Association (ZNLWA), which sees the event as unnecessary. According to the publication, ZNLWA Secretary-General Douglas Mahiya objects to the march because it is not going to put food on the table or mobilise people to support the party.

Sekeramayi Takes Over Million Man March Preparations (AllAfrica 14 May 2016)

Zanu-PF sets Africa Day for million-man march in Mugabes honour (Zimbabwe News 10 May 2016)

Date written/update: 2016-05-18