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Harare Gears Up For 'Million Men & Women March' To Re-Elect Mugabe

The organizers of what is being billed as a "Million Men and Women March" in Harare backing President Robert Mugabe's re-election said Thursday that preparations were going smoothly as marchers started to arrive in the capital on the eve of the event.

Organized by the Zimbabwe National Liberation War Veterans Association, the march is to begin from an open space adjacent to the headquarters of Mr. Mugabe's ruling ZANU-PF party then wend its way through the capital along Samora Machel Avenue, Julius Nyerere Way and other thoroughfares to the Zimbabwe Grounds in the populous suburb of Highfield where Mr. Mugabe is to address the throng.

Organizers said that they have made the necessary travel arrangements for marchers coming from the provinces, and the National Railways of Zimbabwe told the state-controlled Herald newspaper that it was ready to do its part moving people.

The pro-government Zimbabwe Federation of Trade Unions has backed the march by issuing a statement urging employers to release workers to take part. Top ruling party officials have declared for the president, including Vice President Joseph Msika.

War veterans leader Jabulani Sibanda told reporter Jonga Kandemiiri of VOA's Studio 7 for Zimbabwe that the march and all else his group does is for the revolution - a reference to the 1970s liberation struggle that gave birth to Zimbabwe in 1980.

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