By Idah Mhetu
DOZENS of Zanu PF supporters on party regalia were Friday allowed free entry into the Harare Agricultural Showgrounds for the official opening ceremony by President Emmerson Mnangagwa.
It cost $5 for adults and a dollar for children under 12 years of age to gain entry into the exhibition park.
But that obligation was waivered as hordes of party supporters were queued and allowed free access to the grounds.
Their only interruption to entry was just the routine body search that everyone was going through at the entrance points.
Some were overheard bragging about how easy life was when one is privileged with Zanu PF facilitated freebies.
“I believe in our party and our president who is always supporting us whenever we need to be supported.
“We came in here for free; we are here to support our President,” said one woman who could only be identified as Mbuya MaMoyo.
When Mnangagwa arrived at the venue, they all broke into ululations, whistles and chants of party slogans.
In the just ended elections, the newly elected leader got much of his support from the rural areas and is reluctant to trust the Harare population that persistently rejected Zanu PF in national elections.