Zimbabwe’s opposition parties unite and promise heaven as country marks 36 years of independence


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In a rare sign of unite, ten of Zimbabwe’s opposition political parties have vowed to work together tirelessly to secure the values and principles of the liberation struggle for the people.

In a joint statement to mark the country’s 36th independence anniversary, the parties pledged their “commitment to work together with the people to find collective and common solutions to restore our national economy”.

They also promised to:

  • deliver secure land rights to our people;
  • restore the country’s status as the bread basket of Africa;
  • bring an end to corruption;
  • restore the dignity of the people and respect for their fundamental freedoms, liberties and rights underpinned by unqualified respect for the rule of law, justice and equality of all citizens;
  • restore business ethics and food security;
  • attract new investment and capital;
  • create secure jobs;
  • rehabilitate national infrastructure;
  • provide basic services and effective social safety nets;
  • secure the rights of working people against all forms of exploitation;
  • (ensure) genuine empowerment of all citizens; and
  • full restoration of democratic governance beginning with implementation of electoral reforms which will ensure that in every election the true will of the people prevails.

The statement was issued by:

  1. The African Democratic Party (ADP),
  2. The Democratic Assembly for Restoration And Empowerment (DARE),
  3. Mavambo Kusile  Dawn (MKD),
  4. Movement for Democratic Change (MDC)
  5. Movement for Democratic Change-Tsvangirai (MDC-T)
  6. National Constitutional Assembly (NCA)
  7. People’s Democratic Party (PDP
  8. Renewal Democrats of Zimbabwe (RDZ)
  9. Zimbabwe African People’s Union (ZAPU)
  10. Zimbabweans United for Democracy (ZUNDE)


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Charles Rukuni
The Insider is a political and business bulletin about Zimbabwe, edited by Charles Rukuni. Founded in 1990, it was a printed 12-page subscription only newsletter until 2003 when Zimbabwe's hyper-inflation made it impossible to continue printing.


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