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Resolutions of the MDC 3rd National Congress of held Barbourfields
Movement for Democratic Change
May 04, 2011
in Bulawayo and;
celebrates and hails the Party for surviving 11 years of tyranny,
violence and repression by an unloving criminal predatory State
and political party.
indebtedness to the people of Zimbabwe for standing by it and its
leadership and for remaining firm and resolute for fighting for
democratic change in Zimbabwe.
and acknowledges the importance of broad and strategic alliance
it has with the working people of Zimbabwe through organisations
such as the Zimbabwe
Congress of Trade Unions, National
Constitutional Assembly, Crisis
National Students Union, Media
Institute of Sothern Africa, Zimbabwe
Lawyers for Human Rights, the Church, progressive businesses
and many other organisations.
and acknowledging the roots of our Movement, our umbilical cord
to the struggle for the national liberation in Zimbabwe and our
mandate of fulfilling the ideals of the liberation struggle.
the lives of the millions of Zimbabweans that have been butchered,
tortured traumatised and victimised at the hands of the regime and
remembering the lives of our own martyrs and heroes including Isaac
Matongo, Gift Tandare, Gertrude Mthombeni, Tichaona Chiminya, Talent
Mabika, Nomore Sibanda, Trymore Midzi, Joshua Bakacheza, Tonderai
Ndira, Learnmore Jongwe, Machiridza, Remius Makuvaza, Susan Tsvangirai,
Nicholas Mudzengerere, Shepherd Jani and many others whose blood
and bravery continues to water the tree of our struggle.
the strategic importance of entering into dialogue with the regime
but fully aware of the limitations of the GPA and the Inclusive
MINDFUL of the
obligation to completing the struggle for democratic change in Zimbabwe
and that of establishing a New Zimbabwe.
the obligation on an MDC government of constructing a New Zimbabwe
based on a common vision founded on key foundational canons.
the role of our African brothers and sisters and the rest of the
international community in solidarity with our cause and for standing
with us through all these years.
Now we as Congress;
Recommit ourselves to the continued obligation and vision of completing
the struggle for democratic change in Zimbabwe through peaceful,
Constitutional and non-violent means.
Recommit ourselves to the key values of the Party which include
democracy, transparency, equality, freedom, justice, humble and
obedient leadership, nonviolence and love for our people.
Restate our commitment to the drafting by Zimbabweans and for Zimbabweans
of a new people-driven Constitution and while supporting the constitution-making
process envisaged in the GPA,
recognise the right of Zimbabweans at any stage in the future of
exercising the right to make a Constitution by themselves and for
Acknowledge the strategic importance of the GPA and the transitional
government and calls for the holding of a credible, legitimate and
free election only in terms of a Roadmap guaranteed by SADC and
the African Union.
Abhor the use of violence, in particular Zanu PF and State sponsored
violence in Zimbabwe and anywhere else as a means and tool of achieving
political aims and restate the commitment that the MDC will never
use violence as a means of political arbitration.
Aware of the trauma caused by violence and other illegal actions
by the State, call for the completion of a restorative and rehabilitative
programme of National Healing and more importantly the implementation
of a matrix of transitional justice in Zimbabwe.
Acknowledge the critical role of State institutions and security
organs in preserving the integrity of the national State but express
deep disappointment with the partiality of some State institutions,
in particular a minority section of the Securocrats, thus restate
that State institutions do not belong to any political party, they
must remain neutral and must serve the Constitution
and the people of Zimbabwe.
Acknowledge the importance of united or popular alliances and recommit
the unequivocal commitment of the Movement of working together with
civic society in particular the Unions, the Constitutional organisations,
the Church and all other democratic and like-minded organisations
in the task of dislodging dictatorship in Zimbabwe.
Recommit ourselves to the struggles and suffering of the working
people of Zimbabwe, in particular, the pursuit of pro-poor economic
policies, a decent living wage and guarantee the rights of the worker
including the right to strike.
Restate our commitment to gender equality and the upliftment of
women and endeavouring to ensure that women hold 50 percent of all
elected positions in within and outside the Party.
Equally, restate the unquestionable commitment and solidarity with
regional and international organisations including other likeminded
Fully aware of our role in Government and the disruptive actions,
omissions and commissions in Government and trusting that the Party
will receive the full mandate of the people in the next election,
we undertake as a Government, to pursue the implementation of a
New Zimbabwe blueprint that will;
a transparent Government based on the principle of equality, openness,
accountability and consultation.
- Respect the
Constitution and the rule of law.
- Respect the
people and at all times consult the people on the basis of tripartite
consultations between labour, business and Government.
- Embark on
a transformative social development agenda to uplift the lives
of our people.
- Execute a
pro-poor, inclusive economic programme that will pursue growth
with inclusivity and growth with jobs based on sound and pro-poor
- Push the
agenda of a knowledge driven society and champion the causes of
information and communications technologies.
and mainstream gender in all its policies and recognise the important
role of women in the political, economic and social sectors.
the danger of global warming and climate change and pursue policies
that are environmentally conscious and preserve our land and environment
for future generations.
- Pursue policies
that eradicate poverty, underdevelopment and in particular polices
that intend to liquidate Zimbabwe's dual enclave economy.
- Ensure that
every child goes to school and that the nation's health
- Push for
full regional integration of Zimbabwe into Africa and indeed full
integration into the world economy through establishing a competitive
- Ensure that
there is meaningful broad-based empowerment of Zimbabwe through
the creation of jobs and foreign direct investment as opposed
to narrow and elitist indigenization policies that promote cronyism,
self-aggrandizement, clientelism and the destruction of the economy.
- Ensure that
the administration of national resources particularly diamonds,
gold, platinum and other resources benefit all the people of Zimbabwe.
- Ensure that
finality is brought to the land question in Zimbabwe and that
there should be security of tenure, the restoration of market
for land and more importantly that every Zimbabwean despite race
or political affiliation is entitled to own land.
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