Economic revival focus of MDC policy indaba

HARARE - Morgan Tsvangirai’s MDC is set to hold a conference to unveil its policies ahead of next year’s much anticipated elections, party vice president Nelson Chamisa has said.

He told a Sapes policy dialogue forum in Harare last week that they have “polished up our policy documents because we believe it is not enough to criticise the status quo without giving Zimbabweans a clear picture of the new country we want to create, from a policy point of view.”

“In the coming few months we will be giving Zimbabweans an exciting bouquet of our policies detailing how we plan to deal with the infrastructural, social and economic decay that has brought us on the verge of being a failed State,” Chamisa, who also doubles as the party’s policy secretary, said.

Describing politics as “the struggle to win power or retain it to execute policies for the articulation and aggregation of settled interests,” Chamisa said the party’s policy document emphasises “smart governance, smart economics, smart institutions, smart social policies and smart foreign policies in a new Zimbabwe.”

“The key pillars of our economic policy shall be production, jobs creation, currency reform, economic revival, modernisation, and entrepreneurship, dealing with corruption and promoting technology skills transfer.

“Our policies, to be unveiled soon, are a door and a window of the great new Zimbabwe we want to create and unleash” he stressed.

The party expects its policy conference to lead to the production of two documents, the party’s policy document and another one that becomes its election manifesto.

“It is clear that the liberation generation’s mandate was liberation not transformation. Their remit was redistribution of wealth but not creation of wealth. The new generation has the unenviable task of transforming and creating wealth for the nation.”

The policy council will unveil the policy programme of the new MDC government, including what it will do in its first 100 days in power in to positively impact on the lives of the people.

Comments (1)

May I remind all peace loving Zimbabweans if the successes made during a national unity of government formed as a result of the economic and political crisis (2008 -2013) and mainly as an input from MDC-T. After the 2013 elections a message from the MDC-T president was clear that ZANU-PF can rig elections but cannot do the same with the country's economy. ZANU-PF has been given enough rope to hang themselves and have proved this beyond any reasonable doubt. We have experinced misery under ZANU-PF misrule for the past 37 years. GNU is just there as clear testimony that MDC-T can make it - they brought order abd sanity to the state and this is evidenced by the general populace's sentiments which reflected a sigh of relief to most Zimbabweans. During this time ZANU-PF did not enjoy all the successes brought about all the the dedicated efforts contributed by MDC-T. At this point I woukd urge MDC-T to concentrate on means and ways making sure that needed electoral reforms are in place so that ZANU-PF has no slightest chance of rigging. I also encourage all people who are able to vote to go and register so that on the day they go and vote - dismiss the party which has brought the country to unbearable misery. Let us not focus much on economic revival policy since the main "thorn in the flesh" is removing ZANU-PF so that we start on a new leaf and work for the good of all Zimbabweans.

Pythias Makonese - 15 May 2017

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