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  • President Morgan Tsvangirai’s speech at the launch of the 2013 harmonised election campaign
    Movement for Democratic Change
    July 07, 2013

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    Vice President of the MDC Hon. Thokozani Khupe
    Members of the Standing Committee
    Our colleagues in the broader democratic movement
    Members of Civic Society
    Members of the national Council and national executive
    Provincial, ward and branch members of the MDC
    Cabinet Ministers here present
    Members of the diplomatic corps
    Ladies and Gentlemen

    Today is a historic day in the MDC family and the democratic movement at large as we collectively embark on this last mile towards real change and the total transformation of our lives.

    Today, we showcase that we are not only a party of excellence but also a party of substance as demonstrated by our policies.

    We are showing, through our manifesto that we launch today as we officially commence our campaign, that indeed, we have a plan to govern this country.

    We are faced with an election without reforms and against a leopard that has remained faithful to its spots, but our faith in God and our collective desire for real transformation will make us triumph over the setbacks, which are temporary. God does not wish the people of Zimbabwe to remain in a permanent state of suffering. Our faith and our unshakeable belief in liberty will drive us to usher in a new era for our country, even as we participate in these polls with a heavy heart. Fellow Zimbabweans, let us put God first in everything that we do.

    We have tried our best over the last four years, against serious resistance from our counterparts in Government, to ensure that this country is prepared for a genuine, free, fair and credible election. Regrettably, what we have witnessed in the last few weeks is a concerted effort designed to rob the election of legitimacy before it has even begun. But we believe in the people of Zimbabwe and your collective wisdom. We know you, the people of Zimbabwe, will do the right thing for yourselves, your children and the future of this country. Indeed, let us move for more in a New Zimbabwe! We are also showing, through this mammoth crowd that I see here, that we have the people of Zimbabwe solidly behind us and behind our collective mission.

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