Russian President Vladimir Putin has congratulated President Mugabe on the occasion of Africa Day celebrations which are commemorated annually on May 25, to mark the formation of the Organisation of African Unity on May 25, 1963.
President Mugabe is the only surviving Head of State and Government who attended the formation of the OAU in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.
07:28 – The historic Million-Man March organised by the Zanu PF Youth League in solidarity with President Mugabe is now in full force with party members being accredited who failed to get their accreditation yesterday.
08:00 – By 9am all Provinces had assembled in the designated assembly points where they would begin the march to Robert Mugabe Square, behind Rainbow Towers.
09:12- Service Chiefs, Traditional leaders, Politburo members, Central Committee members, Cabinet Ministers, Senators and Members of Parliaments will arrive from 11 am to 1:10.
09:28 – The two Vice Presidents Cde Mnangagwa and Cde Mphoko are expected to arrive at 11:30 am
09:30 – President Mugabe is expected to arrive around midday with the main programme commencing with the singing of the National Anthem.
09:56 – Several provinces are gathered at the National Sports Stadium. They are being given food and t-shirts for the march.
09:59 – The delegates used more than 50 buses . . .and more are still streaming in. They have come from as far as Victoria Falls. Sports and Recreation Minister Makhosini Hlongwane together with MP Tambudzai Mohadi are part of the crowd.
10:05 – Minister Hlongwane says the day is a very special one celebrating the various achievements of President Mugabe. He says it is important that youths have decided to honour His Excellency in this special way.
10:09 – Youths are awaiting instructions to start marching to the venue.
10:13 – A drone being operated by ZBC is the center of attraction at the moment.
10:22- Along the roads leading to Robert Mugabe Square police are controlling traffic as thousands march towards the venue.
10:35- Harare Province has started marching from Raylton Sports Club
10:44 – Thousands have already gathered at Robert Mugabe Square behind Rainbow Towers in Harare as more march singing and chanting slogans.
11:01 – As thousands gather, Dendera Artist Douglas Chimbetu is now entertaining the crowd