MDC Alliance Byo launch a 'success'

HARARE - The MDC Alliance has said its Bulawayo launch was a success even though the MDC vice president Thokozani Khupe boycotted the White City stadium rally.

MDC national chairperson Lovemore Moyo and suspended national organising secretary Abedinico Bhebhe, together with Khupe, boycotted the event and were also conspicuously absent at the first Alliance launch in Harare.

The three and other leaders from Matabeleland region are reportedly not happy with the Alliance which Morgan Tsvangirai entered into with his erstwhile lieutenants, Tendai Biti and Welshman Ncube and five other smaller opposition parties.

Jacob Ngarivhume, the MDC Alliance spokesperson, said in a statement the principals held their meeting in Harare on Thursday to discuss and review the alliance progress.

“The following came out of the meeting: we reviewed the Bulawayo launch rally.

“It was generally noted that the launch was a success despite the challenges encountered.

“It was agreed that some of the challenges will be reviewed and dealt with before the next rally meeting,” Ngarivhume said.

“It was agreed that the next launch rally will be held in Mutare on Saturday 30 September.

“The MDC Alliance principals and leadership will have a retreat next week to come up with an election strategy, iron out administrative issues and look into the alliance messaging and brand.”

He said the meeting received feedback from the negotiators on the progress with Joice Mujuru’s NPP engagements and outstanding negotiations issues with PDP.

“It was reported that engagements with NPP are ongoing. Outstanding issues with PDP will be concluded soon,” he said.

“It was also agreed in the meeting that the alliance is welcome to all political parties, war veterans, civil society church organisations and indeed any grouping of Zimbabweans who may want to come on board, the door is open.

“The meeting was chaired by the MDC president Morgan Tsvangirai and was attended by all the principals who make up the alliance.”

Comments (1)

After reading your press statement of the Alliance principals review meeting, I can sense some ambivalence about the "success" of the Byo event. The crowd size was paltry, Or is it because some "alliance principals" have never had crowd sizes of this magnitude in their own party rallies. I would urge the Alliance principals to look at issues boggling this alliance, and not smokescreen a flop as success. Musangoita sa Mugabe anoti kana dura zvarazara nechibage mwaka uno, akutoshamara kuti economy is on the recovery. The Alliance projectile or dream of "success" in future rallies, or in the elections, cannot be mounted on a lie or "fake news" that the Byo launch was a success. Tirikunyeperana!!

Will Blackman - 9 September 2017

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