News:Zanu-PF Million Man March attended by at least 100,000 people

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The Zanu-PF Youth League organised Million Man March that took place on the 25th of May 2016 was attended by at least 100,000 people. Media reports, pictures and videos from the event show hordes of people marching and later gathered to listen to the party's leaders. The Youth League has said the event was organised to show solidarity with the leader of the party Robert Mugabe. There have been claims however both within the party and outside that the event was meant as a demonstration against ambitions by Vice President Emmerson Mnangagwa to succeed the 92 year old Mugabe.

The event was held at Robert Mugabe square, which is located along rotten row close the the party' headquarters in Harare. Zanu-PF leaders that attended the event include President Robert Mugabe, his wife Grace Mugabe, both vice presidents, Mphoko and Mnangagwa, as well as several party senior leaders. It was also attended by political party Youth Leaders from the region including Mozambique (Frelimo), Botswana (BDP), Angola (MPLA), Namibia (Swappo).

At the event, Youth League deputy secretary, Kudzai Chipanga, addressed the gathering and the president. Speaking on why they had organised the event, he said that Mugabe had managed to lead both the country and Africa well after having been AU chairman, SADC chairman and President of the country at the same time. He said therefore they felt they needed to praise him. He also said that the Youth League was united in supporting Mugabe's candidacy for the 2018 presidential elections in ZImbabwe.

On the Youth Leagues differences with war veterans in the party, he said that though there had been differences, the youth had no choice by to work with the war veterans.

Chipanga also said that he wanted Robert Mugabe to continue leading the country until the the economy turned around.

The Million Man has been criticised by Zimbabweans on social media platforms for being a waste of resources and an event meant only to sing praises for Robert Mugabe and his wife for political favours and as a weapon in the factionalism fights that have rocked the party in the past year. Some Zimbabweans also described it as Zanu-PF's demonstration against itself since it had failed to deliver 2 million jobs it had promised in the 2013 elections. After the election, the economy has performed worse with unemployment, liquidity challenges, deflation and now a cash shortage being major problems.

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