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  • Real Change rallies spread like veld-fire
    Movement for Democratic Change
    May 24, 2010

    The MDC leadership addressed thousands of MDC supporters at more than 30 "Real Change" rallies that were held across the country at the weekend to update the nation on key national issues. Addressing over 3 000 supported at Zvavahera business centre in Gutu North, Masvingo province on Saturday, MDC Vice President Hon. Thokozani Khupe encouraged the people to participate in the constitution-making process as this would guarantee that their views are included in the constitution. "We need to move away from the system where the government sets the agenda for the people to a system where the people of Zimbabwe set the agenda for the government. Development agendas should come from the people and not government because government does not know what the people want," she said.

    Hon. Khupe addressed two rallies in Masvingo at Zvavahera business centre in Gutu North and Nyamande business center in Gutu Central. She was accompanied by the MDC national spokesperson, Hon. Nelson Chamisa. She also took the opportunity to visit general hospitals in the province.MDC Secretary General Tendai Biti was at Tsiga business center in Mutoko North, Mashonaland East province where he also addressed thousands of supporters on Sunday.

    Hon. Biti said there were only two bus stops left on the road to a new Zimbabwe. "The Constitution is one of the bus stops followed by a free and fair election next year as the other bus stop towards the realization of a new democratic Zimbabwe, which is our Canaan," he said.He also urged the people to participate in the Constitution-making process as this would enable them to put in place a government of their choice."The Constitution should define and reflect what you need and want. You must participate in this process," he said. He also mentioned that Zanu PF was against the writing of a new people-driven Constitution as they do not want justice and democracy in the country.The rally was attended by Mbare MP Hon. Piniel Denga, Hon Iain Kay of Marondera East and members of the Mashonaland East province executive.

    In Midlands North province, MDC national chairman Hon Lovemore Moyo addressed two rallies in Zhombe at Malamuleli business center and at Sidhakeni were he encouraged the people to participate in the constitution-making process and also assured party members that there were no divisions in the party as reported in the state media. "These perceived divisions are the works of Zanu PF which is trying to divide us. As a party we should remain united and focused on delivering real change to the people of Zimbabwe," he said.

    Meanwhile in Harare, addressing a rally held at OK Mufakose, MDC Women's assembly Chairperson and Harare North MP, Hon. Theresa Makone said the indigenization policy being spearheaded by Zanu PF was a tool that will see a few people in Zanu PF benefiting."As MDC we want indigenization that is broad-based economic empowerment," said Hon Makone.

    Speaking at the same rally, Kambuzuma Constituency MP Hon. Willas Madzimure encouraged the people to participate in the constitution making process. Also present at the rally was Mufakose MP Hon Purina Mpariwa, Glenview MP, Hon. Paul Madzore, Epworth MP Hon. Elliah Jembere, Councillors and the Harare provincial leadership.

    In Bulawayo, Bulawayo South MP Hon. Eddie Cross said the people should start concentrating on the Constitution-making process as a key process towards a free and fair election "Zanu PF is refusing to fully implement the GPA, as a party we should move forward and start concentrating on the Constitution, said Hon Cross. The same day in Nkulumane, the MP and MDC youth Chairperson Hon. Thamsanqa Mahlangu encouraged MDC supporters to start preparing for elections.


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