MDC opens govt takeover conference

HARARE - Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai’s MDC opens a crucial party conference today which will disclose how it is planning a government takeover if it wins crunch elections that could be held in the next few months.

The conference is also due to set parameters for the envisaged Tsvangirai government.

Running under the theme “Towards Real Transformation”, party secretary-general Tendai Biti yesterday said the party will unveil its policy document which
includes how it will deal with burgeoning unemployment and how it would improve creaky infrastructure which has been a deterrent to investment.

The policy conference will among other things address issues around job creation , infrastructure development and will see academics from the country’s leading university interview Tsvangirai, who is the party candidate going towards the make or break election.

“During the Conference the president will be asked tough and piercing questions from one of the country’s top academics,” Biti told a news conference yesterday.

“President Tsvangirai will deliver a keynote address that will set the tone that will be the basis of the next MDC government and his presidential campaign.”

In 2011, Tsvangirai was given a fresh mandate to lead the party’s sustained fight to end President Robert Mugabe 33-year-old rule.

Biti said the conference, which will be adorned with colour, music, poetry and dance is a platform to showcase how exactly Tsvangirai will govern.

“The conference will discuss issues around collapsed social delivery, service and infrastructure development, poverty, an enclave economy and unemployment,” Biti said.

“It will is also  touch on among other issues, the country’s debt, land and agriculture, institutional reform, the Constitution and Constitutional institutions.”

While admitting that the land reform is now irreversible, Biti said the MDC, which was formed by trade unionists, academics and students activists in 1999, will see to it that there will be a land audit to ensure government’s one-man-one-farm policy is implemented to the letter.

Despite a clause in the Global Political Agreement (GPA) which calls for a land audit, Zanu PF has staunchly resisted the review amid reports that party bosses were multiple farm owners.

“The party’s policy secretaries will also give their overview on their respective policies and how they dovetail and complement each other into the main party policy,” said Biti.

Flaunting its economic blueprint dubbed Juice (Jobs, Upliftment,Investment, Capital and Ecology)  Biti said the conference will be able to dovetail policies that it has been updating since 2000.

Biti, who is also the minister of Finance in the shaky coalition, said the conference would give Zimbabweans the opportunity to hear Tsvangirai articulate the party’s comprehensive agenda for transformation, its key achievements and  position on critical areas such as the indigenisation policy.

“Discussions will also focus in the use of information technology mainly in our health delivery system, the supply side of the economy where emphasis is on increased productivity to avoid the current situation where we expert jobs by depending on imports; issues around the issue if indigenisation and our position will be looked at,” Biti said. - Mugove Tafirenyika

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