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manifesto will address people’s rights, unemployment
June 30, 2013
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spokesperson, Douglas Mwonzora says his party will launch its manifesto
on July 6 in Harare after having successfully fielded candidates
in all constituencies across the country.
the document will touch on robust and inclusive economy, rural transformation,
infrastructure, health services and defending people’s rights.
going to the elections, promising our people jobs. Zimbabwe is sitting
on 85% unemployment,” said Mwonzora.
leavers from colleges, high schools and tertiary education are not
employed. We know some Zimbabweans have been conditioned to think
like entrepreneurs in townships and we have a special package for
Turning to the
issue of rebel candidates who filed their papers at the nomination
court as independents, the MDC-T spokesperson said the party was
bigger than an individual, and people should learn to accept defeat
in primary elections.
He said the
harmonised elections were crucial and needed a unity of purpose.
He said what
was important at the moment was to focus on winning an election.
is critical at the moment is to get Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai
to the State House, once we win the elections there is room for
everyone. It’s not everything to be an MP, you can be a senator,
councillor, Ambassador, director or permanent secretary.
There are so
many good things one can be,” said Mwonzora.
Some of the
candidates who filed their papers as independent candidates include
former Daily News Editor-In-Chief Geoffrey Nyarota who lost to MDC
Manicaland spokesperson Pishai Muchauraya in Makoni South. Acting
Mutare Mayor George Jerrison filed his papers in the local authority
elections after he lost to Tsitsi Foya during the primaries.
In the Chikanga-Dangamvura
constituency, MDC-T was forced to file two candidates Giles Mutsekwa
and human rights defender Arnold Tsunga after the primary ended
in a dispute.
has happened is that both candidates have filed their nominations
under the party’s name and we have allowed them to do so because
under the Electoral Law once a candidate is registered under a party,
the political party can withdraw the name of the candidate within
a specific period of time. As you aware the Chikanga-Dangamvura
elections were aborted for variety of reasons, more than twice now.
going to do a special selection of a candidate and after that we
will withdraw the other candidate. I am sure the leadership is working
on that and President Tsvangirai in particular is seized with the
going to sit down as leadership and deal with the matter and one
of them is going to step down. They signed an affidavit before the
chief election officer that they will abide with the party decision
to withdraw, should the need arise.
Tsunga and Giles Mutsekwa are both reasonable people. They are both
valuable people in the MDC and the leadership will see where to
place them in the future government,” said Mwonzora.
He said despite
this incident, MDC was happy that it had fielded candidates in every
constituency across the country.
happy that we filed a candidate in every constituency. I am particularly
happy myself that in my constituency that the battle lines have
been drawn between MDC-T and Zanu-PF and no other party. It’s
between me and Herbert Nyanhongo, and let me just tell the Zimbabweans
that I am going to retire this man nicely,” he said.
the MDC hoped that the elections will be free and fair and will
not be replica
of a 2008 violent election.
we continue to call for an even playing field. We want an election
that is not a repeat of 2008, an election that guarantees the secrecy
of the voters and the vote. Election’s should be funny to
the people of Zimbabwe not an election that brings fear, timidity
and sorrow,” he said.
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