MDC plans 2018 ‘election victory’

Source: MDC plans 2018 ‘election victory’ – DailyNews Live January 3, 2017

HARARE – The opposition Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) will later
this month hold a policy conference, as next year’s make-or-break national
elections beckon.

Spokesperson for the Morgan Tsvangirai-led political outfit, Obert Gutu,
told the Daily News  yesterday that the annual conference would culminate
in the production of a policy document which would explain how Zimbabwe,
under an MDC government, would prosper again and be a safe and attractive
“investment haven”.

“This is an opportunity for the party to analyse the prevailing political
and socio-economic dynamics, in order to craft appropriate policies on
issues such as health, agriculture, education, the environment and the
economy,” he said.

Gutu also said the MDC was mobilising the necessary material and financial
resources for both the policy conference and the 2018 polls. The exact
dates of the annual conference will be announced in the coming days.

In his Christmas message to the party’s Harare structures last month,
Tsvangirai had also indicated that the annual gathering would take place
this month.

“Early next year (2017), we will hold our policy council, where we will
unveil the policy programme of the new government, including what the new
government will do in its first 100 days in order to positively impact on
the lives of the people,” the ex-prime minister in the coalition
government said.

“All provinces have to prepare for the next election, starting with a
massive turnout when voter registration kicks off early next year. We will
also raise the bar in the demand for comprehensive reforms ahead of the
next election so that our polls become free, fair and credible,”
Tsvangirai added then.

“I wish to urge the youth of this country to fully participate in the
politics of their country. It is no use being lied to everyday that you
are the leaders of tomorrow when tomorrow is under serious threat from the
leaders of today. We run the risk of raising a lost generation – a
generation that wants jobs but that is scared to demand them. Remember,
this (Zanu PF) government promised to create 2,2 million jobs, but has
instead created 2,2 million struggling vendors,” the former trade unionist

“I urge all the young people to take part in the affairs of their country
by registering to vote and determining their own future. This is the time
when we expect dancehall musicians to create new lyrics that urge the
youth to register and vote. To the young generation, I say you can only
deal with your dire poverty if you register to vote this government out of
office in 2018,” Tsvangirai said.

“This is the challenge I give to the young people and to all Zimdancehall
chanters. You must chat and tweet your way into a new Zimbabwe in a big
way by urging each other to register to vote in your millions,” he said

“To all Zimbabweans in the villages and in the towns, I know the suffering
we are all facing. I know that whole families are surviving on less than a
dollar a day. I am aware of the grinding poverty in the villages and in
the towns. Let us brace for an even tougher 2017. Let us shake the
foundations of this repression and come out in our millions to register to
vote and on the actual voting day so that we can collectively and
decisively determine our future,” the MDC leader said.

Tsvangirai is also expected to enter into a coalition with former Vice
President Joice Mujuru, who now leads the opposition Zimbabwe People First
(ZPF), as well as with other smaller parties with a view to toppling
President Robert Mugabe and Zanu PF from power next year.


  • comment-avatar
    Nhamodzenyika 5 years ago

    Please Zimbabweans let’s repeat history as they say history repeats its self, this time to bury ZANU pf like we did with uanc of Muzorewa’s in the 80s, go to their rallies in masses but when we come to voting know exactly what you do best. I urge you all new voters included to go and register in good time when that time comes, please every one of us let’s go in huge numbers as we want to show the whole world what we Zimbabweans are made of, this time ar