MDC-T says any person can contest any position at its coming congress


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The Morgan Tsvangirai faction of the Movement for Democratic Change today agreed that anyone that qualifies can contest for any position in the party at its congress in October and that the campaigning will be free and fair.

The party was forced to hold a congress this year after disagreements with members that now constitute the Renewal Team. They demanded that Tsvangirai should step down to give way to new leadership.

Tsvangirai’s current term was due to expire in 2016.

The party also said it will ignore all press reports on issues that do not concern the people of Zimbabwe.

“The MDC respects the courts and the rule of law and the party’s national executive scoffed at the so-called tribunal set up by the renewal team; a tribunal that was chaired by a former member of professor Welshman Ncube’s party who later defected to Mavambo-Kusile Dawn led by Dr Simba Makoni,” it said in a statement after a meeting the national executive.

 

Full statement:

Friday, 04 July 2014

MDC deliberates on party Congress and national issues

The MDC National Executive today met at the Party headquarters, Harvest House and discussed, among other issues, the preparation for the party’s forthcoming Congress and the continued economic meltdown in the country.

The Executive, chaired by President Morgan Tsvangirai, deliberated and agreed on the main business of the forthcoming Congress, apart from elections of leaders at the various levels of the party. The important business of Congress will be a review of the party Constitution, policy review, the roadmap to the next election and the party’s programmes.

Several committees were set up by the Executive to deal with the business of Congress. Hon. Jessie Majome will head the constitutional review committee, Hon Eddie Cross the policy review committee while Mr Douglas Mwonzora will head the Information and Publicity committee, among the several committees set up today.

The Executive also debated and adopted a template of the Congress that clearly spells out how the process will be conducted. The highlight of that template is that any person who qualifies can contest for any position in the party and that campaigning will take place in a free and fair manner.

The Executive resolved to ignore all press reports on issues that do not concern the people of Zimbabwe. The MDC respects the courts and the rule of law and the party’s national executive scoffed at the so-called tribunal set up by the renewal team; a tribunal that was chaired by a former member of professor Welshman Ncube’s party who later defected to Mavambo-Kusile Dawn led by Dr Simba Makoni.

The MDC condemned the arrest of a University of Zimbabwe student in connection with the baba Jukwa debacle. The MDC National Executive took great exception to the government’s pre-occupation with the baba Jukwa issue at the expense of pressing national issues. In short, the government is on facebook while the people of Zimbabwe suffer.

The Executive restated that the Congress will be held in October and expressed satisfaction on the progress being made to resource this very important process.

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