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MDC Alliance launches in Byo, bosses first meet to plot for 2018

11/08/2017 00:00:00
by Staff reporter
 
 
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THE newly formed MDC Alliance leaders met in Harare Thursday for the first time since the Saturday launch as the seven parties now focus on plotting for the 2018 elections.

At the meeting, it was agreed that programmes of action to be implemented by various committees of the Alliance, be adopted.

The Thursday meeting of the principals signals the first solidification of the co-operative agenda of the coalition, the first such coalition in post-independent Zimbabwe.

“The agreement, under clause 5.2 provides for the establishment of this Forum which must be attended by all the alliance party Presidents and by invitation anyone else the Presidents so choose.

“For inter party communication and implementation of Alliance programmes, the Secretaries General of the Alliance parties attends the meetings by invitation,” said MDC-T Presidential spokesperson Luke Tamborinyoka.

The leaders also agreed to proceed with provincial launches of the MDC Alliance with the next one scheduled for Bulawayo on Saturday, 26 August 2017.

The MDC Alliance is the first comprehensive post-independence-non-compete electoral alliance in Zimbabwe where the parties agreed to work together in campaigning for reforms to ensure that the next elections are held under free and fair conditions.

It also agreed to form a non-compete pre-election alliance and a post-election Coalition Government by selecting one Presidential candidate in President Tsvangirai and one Parliamentary and local government candidate per contested seat distributed amongst the parties on the basis of electoral strength.

A transformation policy agenda was developed and signed to address the political, social and economic challenges facing the country under the terms and conditions of the Composite Political Cooperation Agreement (CPCA) which they have executed.

“At the heart of the transformation agenda is the commitment by the parties to prioritize good governance as a key foundational cornerstone of government, with special emphasis on transparency, zero-tolerance to corruption, accountability, strict fidelity to constitutionalism, the rule of law, respect for and promotion of human rights,” said Tamborinyoka.

Last Saturday saw MDC-T leader Morgan Tsvangirai, MDC-N led by Welshman Ncube, People’s Democratic Party’s Tendai Biti, Jacob Ngarivhume of Transform Zimbabwe, Denford Musiyarira of Zanu Ndonga, Zimbabwe People First Agrippa Mutambara and Reverend Gerald Mubaiwa-led Zimbabwe Opposition Political Parties forming a grand coalition with the aim of removing Zanu PF from power.



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