Southern Eye gives you a live report on the MDC-T rally in Kotwa, Mudzi North constituency where the party leader Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai is set to address people.
Updates by Cecilia Kamuputa, Aaron Ufumeli, Tapiwa Zivira
15:51-Tsvangirai:Only 150 000 workers in sectors other than civil service shows the high level of unemployment.
15:47-Tsvangirai says an equitable distribution of wealth will ensure better remuneration for civil society.
15:30 Tapiwa Mashakada says MDC-T government will deal with the culture of fear.
15:20-Chamisa now addressing about a 1000 people at Murehwa Center.
15:15-Tsvangirai says Zanu PF support base has waned in Murehwa.
15:13 Tsvangirai now addressing at Murehwa Center.
13:49 – Zanu PF youths gathered at the ‘Corner Store’ in Mutoko.
13:31 – Some of the Zanu PF supporters are ‘waiting’ some 400 metres from where Tsvangirai is addressing people.
13:28 – Tsvangirai ends his address and is to head for Uzumba as bystanders listen to the address from a safe distance.
13:26-He says there will be free access to cancer medication and ARVs.
13:21 – He says Mugabe’s recent appointment of judges is meant to protect him after the polls.
13:33-Tsvangirai says most of those who fled to the MDC-T headquarters during the 2008 violence were from Mashonaland East.
13:30 – Tsvangirai says Zanu PF’s name calling shows Zanu PF’s ‘emptiness’.
13:25 – Tsvangirai says he will summon Chiefs and traditional leaders to make them accountable for intimidating people.
12:50 – Tsvangirai arrives in Mutoko amid cheers.
12:48 – Zwizwai urges MDC-T polling agents to be vigilant and guard against rigging during poll day. this comes after Tsvangirai recently said there was a Zanu PF, ZEC rigging plot.
12:44 – Information received is that Zanu PF supporters on a megaphone went around Mutoko Center early morning promising retribution to anyone who would go to the MDC-T rally.
An MDC-T official said Mutoko police took 3 hours to respond to this.
12:44 – Tsvangirai has reiterated his call for peace and that unity will conquer. He has encouraged the supporters to turn out in large numbers come July 31.
12:43 – In Mudzi, Tsvangirai thanks supporters who have been brave enough to attend the rally despite the intimidation.
12:42 – We are informed that Zanu PF supporters close to the venue have tried to disrupt the MDC-T event.
12:40 – Zwizwai does what they call a bye bye wave to President Robert Mugabe and Zanu PF.
12:38 – Tracy Mutinhiri leads the prayer.
12:33 – Several hundreds of MDC-T supporters are going ahead with proceeding as as the wait for PM Tsvangirai’s arrival. Members of the police are present.
12:30 – In Mutoko, Zanu PF supporters are gathered a few meters from where the MDC-T rally is due to be held.
11:45 – In Murewa, Zanu PF supporters are reportedly sticking President Mugabe’s posters on top of PM Tsvangirai’s posters.
11:25 – PM Tsvangirai has arrived at the rally venue.
Tsvangirai addressing party supporters in Mudzi.
11:10 – The number of supporters is steadily increasing with about 200 supporters being addressed by MDC-T National Youth Information & Publicity Secretary Clifford Hlatwayo.
11:07 – From Kotwa, the Prime Minister will go to Mutoko Center then Murehwa.
10:00 – Turn out is still very low , with about a 100 supporters, as word going around is that many might not attend as they fear that they might be attacked by Zanu PF supporters after the rally.