Resolutions of the MDC congress in Gweru


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Resolution of Legitimacy and the National Question

  1. Concerned by the absence of a national consensus and broad-based inclusive reforms resulting in cosmetic, false and pretentious reforms.

Congress therefore, calls for the restoration of trust, confidence and legitimacy in order to create an environment for growth, stability, productivity on the back of domestic and foreign capital flows. Congress reiterated its position, that in the face of continued intransigence by Zanu PF, the people of Zimbabwe have a constitutional right to protest.

  1. Congress further calls for an all stakeholders and all people’s Convention to locate exit points to the crisis currently bedevilling our country.
  2. In order to resolve the national crisis, Congress mandated the party to engage in a national dialogue to reach a political settlement through a transitional mechanism. Any such dialogue must be credible and bankable, anchored on five key pillars which are:
  3. a) Return to Legitimacy and normalcy
  4. b) A Comprehensive reform agenda
  5. c) Nation building and peace building
  6. d) An end to international Isolation
  7. e) Resolving the economic and humanitarian situation
  8. Congress mandates the Party to formulate and launch a roadmap to legitimacy and dialogue framework to guide the Party in any dialogue for the purposes of resolving the national crisis.

The National Economy

  1. Through disastrous policies anchored on patronage and regime survival agendas, the Zanu PF administration has collapsed the economy which finds itself in a deep recession characterized by high unemployment, zero productivity, hyperinflation, an unsustainable debt, collapsed social services, terrible monetary policy and loss of value of working peoples salaries and pensions. Congress therefore mandates the party to take action through dialogue and other constitutional means of ensuring that there is deep structural Reforms in the economy including –

(i) Macro-economic stability and fiscal consolidation

(ii) A stable monetary policy including a return to the multi-currency regime and the demonetization of the RTGS dollar and its cousin, the bond note.

(iii) Ensuring full employment and the preservation of the value of wages and pensions

(iv) A resolution of the country’s sovereign debt crisis through methods that do not ensure the country’s further indebtedness and the continued accumulation of unsustainable and odious debt.

(v) Addressing poverty, social services and the creation of social safety nets.

(vi) The pursuit of a rigorous programme of the rural areas.

(vii) The pursuit of gross capital formation and infrastructural transformation focusing on roads, energy, dam and ICTs.

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