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2013 election manifesto
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message from the President
This election represents a crossroads for our country.
Over three decades ago, we engaged in a liberation struggle and
were successful. Since then, we have experienced political and economic
turmoil, international isolation, and severe hardships for our families
because of unemployment, unprecedented hyperinflation, high cost
of living, lack of food and decline in healthcare and education
services. Zimbabweans deserve better. Zimbabweans deserve a government
that cares and works for the people.
Unemployment remains the biggest challenge facing
our country today. Our young people graduating from high school,
colleges and universities want jobs. Yet businesses have been shutting
down over the years and emigrating to more competitive economic
environments. An MDC government will ensure Zimbabwe is open for
business. We will responsibly align and manage our nation’s
resources to meet this challenge and restore Zimbabwe’s prosperity.
You and I know we have come a long way since the
early days of the party in 1999. We have gone through many trials
and tribulations. We have lost some of our cadres along the way;
limbs have been broken, livelihoods destroyed and houses have been
burnt down. Many of us, including myself, have suffered grave personal
losses. But what defines us is our resilience and our ability to
see opportunity in the face of adversity. We will never forget the
sacrifices that have been made. It is our historic mission to meet
the demands of the present generation, to fulfil the dreams of our
cadres who are no longer with us and the aspirations of generations
that will come after us.
You will recall that one of our founding objectives
was to change the Lancaster House Constitution and replace it with
a new, people-driven and democratic constitution. This year marked
a historic moment when the people of Zimbabwe overwhelmingly voted
for a new constitution. As the Chairperson of the National Constitutional
Assembly at its formation, I am humbled by the achievement of this
landmark moment in our nation’s history. But, fellow citizens,
now that we have the new Constitution, we must convert the stated
rules and principles into reality. You can only trust those who
championed the Constitution to make it work and you know that it
was the MDC that fought hard and drove the constitution-making process.
As leader of Government, I will take the lead in defending the Constitution
and making it work for the people of Zimbabwe.
The MDC will work for the people, all the people,
regardless of race, gender, religion, ethnic affiliation or political
party. By joining together we can build a better future. The MDC
is the future. It’s the people who make Zimbabwe great and
an MDC government will partner with the people to return Zimbabwe
to greatness and its rightful place in the family of nations. We
are faithful and obedient sons and daughters of the Almighty God
under whose wise guidance and stewardship this country will find
its way to the top again.
We are a party of excellence and our pledge is to
improve the quality of life for every Zimbabwean.
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