- Published: 19 April 2017
- Written by Online Writer
Mugabe's speech was inaudible to the rest of the venue, the National Sports Stadium. As a result, Mugabe finished his speech without the usual cheers of acknowledgment from the crowds who appeared unconcerned. In his speech, Mugabe had painted a rosy picture of the crumbling economy.
For the first time since 1980, Mugabe rode into the stadium in his official Presidential car which dropped him a few metres from the dais. He also skipped his traditional lap around the giant stadium, just heading straight for the guard of honour in a military truck with fitted stairs.
Just after Mugabe’s speech, police engaged in running battles with Highlanders and Dynamos supporters who wanted to enter the already-packed stadium.