Million Man March and Residential Security

The U.S. Embassy advises U.S. citizens to avoid the areas listed below during the Pro-ZANU-PF Million Man March scheduled for the Africa Day holiday on May 25 in Harare.  The Embassy will be closed on the day of the march in observance of the Africa Day holiday.  The Government of Zimbabwe has increased security to address the event.

Assembly points by province were released to the Embassy as follows:

  • National Sports Stadium:  Midlands and Matabeleland provinces
  • Kensington Shopping Centre:  Mashonaland West Province
  • Raylton Sports Club:  Harare Province
  • East 24:  Manicaland and Mashonaland East Province
  • Rufaro Stadium:  Masvingo
  • South African Embassy:  Mashonaland Central Province

The provinces will simultaneously march from the points above, starting from 09:00 hours to the open ground behind Rainbow Towers – popularly known as the Robert Mugabe Square (adjacent to Harare International Conference Center) – to hear a speech by President Mugabe at 12:00 hours.

U.S. citizens should avoid these areas during this time.  The actual number of participants is unknown, as is the potential for violence.  If you must be out in Harare on Wednesday, please give the event a very wide berth to avoid becoming involved in it in any way as even demonstrations intended to be peaceful can turn confrontational and escalate into violence.

Review your personal security plans, remain aware of your surroundings, and monitor local news stations for updates.  Be vigilant and take appropriate steps to enhance your personal security.

Additionally, the U.S. Embassy alerts U.S. citizens that the number of reports of intrusions on residential properties, including official residences, has increased because of the strained economy and ongoing liquidity crisis.  We recommend that U.S. citizens maintain a high level of situational awareness, including residential security, and follow the best practices below:

  • Lock all residential doors and windows not in use, or while you are away from your residence; this is especially important at night.
  • Arm your alarm system before departing your residence and when you are home for the night.  Ensure house staff knows how to activate the alarm.
  • If you have a residential guard, wait for the guard to appear upon opening the gate to clear you in/out.  When returning home, if your guard is on patrol, observe the closing of your gate.
  • Regularly test panic-buttons and keep panic buttons in a known and accessible location.
  • Do not allow anyone access to your property unless you know or are expecting them and ensure any domestic staff follows this rule.
  • Do not give any information to an unknown caller or visitor.
  • Trim all foliage around your electric or razor wire-fence.
  • Walk around your property and note any new problems.

For further information:

  • See the State Department’s travel website for the Worldwide Caution, Travel Warnings, Travel Alerts, and Zimbabwe’s Country Specific Information.
  • Enroll in the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) to receive security messages and make it easier to locate you in an emergency.
  • Contact the U.S. Embassy in Zimbabwe, located at 172 Herbert Chitepo Avenue, at +263 4 250 593, 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on Friday.  You may also contact the Consular Section at ConsularHarare@state.gov.  After-hours emergency number for U.S. citizens is +263 772 559 727 or send a WhatsApp text on +263 772 124 896.
  • Call 1-888-407-4747 toll-free in the United States and Canada or 1-202-501-4444 from other countries from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Eastern Standard Time, Monday through Friday (except U.S. federal holidays).
  •  Follow us on Twitter and Facebook.