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Flopped march was not about numbers: Zanu PF

By Own Correspondent 

Zanu PF activist Alex Gakanje has said the flopped anti-sanctions march held on Friday was not about numbers but about sending a clear message to America and the European Union (EU).

The march a brainchild of SADC was meant to put out a united message by the region against sanctions on Zimbabwe which are being blamed for causing the current economic decay.

But besides the over 200 free buses availed to bus people from the country’s 10 provinces, primary and secondary school pupils, a soccer match between Dynamos and Highlanders as well as musical gala by the country’s finest musicians, the event still failed to attract a meaningful crowd that could fill the 60 000 seater National Sports Stadium.

Even with the roping in of POLAD members such a Lovemore Madhuku, Taurai Mteki and others, as well as controversial Linda Masarira still the numbers were too low to prevent President Emmerson Mnangagwa from the embarrassment of walking into and addressing a virtually empty stadium.

In an interview, Zanu activist Gakanje said they were not particularly looking for numbers at the march adding that it was the message which was important at the end of the day.

“This was not at all about numbers but sending a clear message to our oppressors,” he said.

Gakanje added that failing to fill the stadium is not an issue as Premier Soccer League teams are also failing to draw huge crowds to their matches.

However, MDC Youth Assembly spokesperson Stephen Chuma said he was not surprised by flop adding that Zimbabweans had better things to do than the march.

“It is not surprising that the Zanu PF so-called anti-sanctions march flopped. Zimbabweans are currently faced with problems like electricity outages, high prices, and water shortages hence their choice to stay away from this non-event.

“It is very clear that the anti-sanctions rhetoric represents a pie in the sky and is meant to chlorinate (President) Emmerson Mnangagwa’s failed leadership. Unfortunately, it did not yield the desired result,” said Chuma.

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Daniel Chigundu

Daniel Chigundu is a male journalist in Zimbabwe and has been practising since September 2009. He used to the editor for The Business Connect (newspaper) in Harare, has his own news website Tourism Focus which is biased towards the tourism sector. Daniel is also working with Magamba Network on their project called Open Parliament where they do live coverage of Parliamentary activities on Twitter and Facebook. He is currently the secretary-general of the Zimbabwe Parliamentary Journalists Forum, is a member of Zimbabwe Small Broadcasters Association and a board member of Digital Communication Network. He holds a Diploma in Communication and Journalism from the Christian College of Southern Africa (CCOSA), a certificate in Youth leadership training from the Friedrich Ebert Stiftung (FES), a certificate in Citizen Journalism from Magamba Network and is currently a first-year student at Zimbabwe Open University studying for a Bachelor of Arts Honours in Ethics and Organisational Leadership.

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