MDC to launch poll game plan

HARARE - Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai’s MDC this week launches its election game plan in Bulawayo as it holds its 13th anniversary, the last before polls that will be held next year.

At the conference, Tsvangirai is expected to address reports of divisions, corruption and reported declining support.

In an interview, party spokesperson Douglas Mwonzora said the party was unfazed by recent surveys which showed that it is losing supporters.

The party’s birthday commemorations, which will be held under the theme, “The last mile, towards real transformation” will address bread and butter issues in a country where unemployment stands at a staggering 80 percent, Mwonzora said.

“We are now moving towards real change in order to improve the welfare of our supporters. Although we have not achieved what we would have wanted in the coalition government, we have made tangible improvements in the lives of our people,” said Mwonzora.

Zimbabwe is currently being run by a coalition government formed in 2009 by Zanu PF and the two MDC formations.

The MDC spokesperson said the anniversary that will be held in Bulawayo this weekend sets the stage for the 13-year-old party to consolidate on gains made in the last three years when it was in an uneasy coalition government.

“Our game plan includes creating employment for our people. The answer for economic emancipation and development lies with the MDC and not Zanu PF and its outdated policies and that is what we are going to tell the nation,” said Mwonzora.

Zanu PF has been pushing a controversial indigenisation law that strips investors 51 percent of their investments as its election trump card.

However, Mwonzora said the answer lies in creating jobs, attracting investors and not politicking.

The MDC, which was formed in 1999, will commemorate its anniversary amid a widening gap between the leadership and its supporters who are yet to gain from the unity government whose leadership has been accused of globe-trotting at the nation’s expense.

Tsvangirai currently shares power with Zanu PF leader President Robert Mugabe and his former secretary-general Welshman Ncube, leader of the breakaway MDC formation.

Still reeling from the effects of a sting operation against its leader Tsvangirai, Mwonzora said the party is going to introduce Elizabeth Macheka as the “First Lady” and will not be swayed by Zanu PF’s “plots’ to discredit its leader ahead of polls.

It will be the first anniversary in three years where Tsvangirai takes a wife to a conference following the death of his first wife Susan in a fatal car crash in 2009.

Mwonzora said the MDC anniversary is significant as it comes at a time when the party is locked in a constitutional war with Zanu PF as that will enable the party to impart its “Yes” vote campaign to all structures.

Mugabe’s Zanu PF has rejected a parliamentary committee-authored draft constitution bringing wholesome changes that Tsvangirai’s party described as “crazy”.

Defying their coalition partners, the MDC launched the “Yes” vote campaign insisting that they will be no further amendments to the constitution which is regarded as a stepping stone towards the holding of free and fair elections.

A new constitution is among a cocktail of reforms which include electoral and security sector realignment that Sadc, the guarantors of the unity government, and the two MDC formations say are prerequisite to the holding of free and fair elections.

Mwonzora said if reforms are implemented, its game plan of creating jobs will ensure election victory.

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