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MDC national spokesperson's statement to the media, Harvest House,
for Democratic Change (MDC-T)
of the party
The MDC remains
committed to delivering real change and transformation to the people
of Zimbabwe, despite Zanu-PF’s monumental rigging of the people’s
vote in the
31 July national elections.
The party leadership
including President Tsvangirai is currently engaging all the party’s
structures across the country to hear the people’s concerns
after their victory to a new democratic Zimbabwe was shamelessly
stolen by the Zanu-PF regime.
These engagements have
helped the party to re-strategize and restructure its membership.
The MDC remains united and focused despite the futile attempts by
Zanu-PF and State security agents to try to decimate the people’s
On a social front, the
MDC is seriously concerned by the persistent power cuts happening
across the country, which have affected the people’s day-to-day
lives and the growth of the economy as industries have no electricity
most of the time.
The MDC internal
investigation on its councillors who defied the party’s Constitution
and rules is on-going in Mutare, Victoria Falls, Redcliff, Norton
The disciplinary committee
members are; Hon. Shepherd Mushonga, Hon. Sibusisiwe Masara and
Senator James Makore. A report will be made public as soon as the
investigations are complete. However, no councillor or mayor has
been expelled from the party contrary to some media reports and
are carrying out their duties as elected local council authorities.
The MDC is seriously
concerned by the continued denial of bail to the party’s national
deputy chairperson and senator-elect, Hon. Morgen Komichi.
Senator Komichi is on
trial at the Harare Magistrates’ Court facing fictitious and
man-made charges of contravening the country’s laws and was
denied bail this week for the fifth time at the High Court.
As the MDC, our position
is that Senator Komichi is innocent because he discovered an attempt
to rig the election but instead of being a State witness to the
crime, he is now the accused. The right to bail is a constitutional
right, which the courts must honor. How the State is treating Senator
Komichi is not different to what happened to the MDC members including
the Youth Assembly President, Hon. Solomon Madzore, who were remanded
in custody for over two years in connection with Glen View murder
trial only for some of them to be acquitted last month.
If denying Senator Komichi
bail is meant to break the MDC spirit, then the Zanu-PF attempts
are doomed to fail because the MDC remains committed, united and
will not give up on its benign fight for justice, equality, freedom
and democracy, prosperity and hope. Despite what the detractors
are saying, the MDC is united and is getting stronger.
The MDC further notes
with grave concern the increase in police and State security agents’
brutality on innocent and defenseless citizens across the country.
hundreds of families were left homeless in Mapinga, Banket, Mashonaland
West after a group of vicious and heavily armed police officers
burnt their huts.
What is clear is that
these families who have been at the farm for less than four months
were brought in by Zanu-PF to vote for its candidates in the 31
July elections. Now that the elections are gone these poor families
are being discarded like dirt and have been left to face the vagaries
On Monday, at
the Hwange Colliery mine, the police violently
disrupted a demonstration staged by over 100 defenceless women who
were demanding outstanding salaries and allowances for their spouses
who have not been paid for over five months. These women and some
children were viciously assaulted by the police with baton sticks
and booted feet.
of the demonstration was in clear violation of Section 58 the new
Constitution which clearly provides for freedom to demonstrate.
This shows that Zanu-PF, through the police, is bent on subverting
the people’s rights enshrined in the new Constitution.
The MDC’s message
to the people of Zimbabwe is that they should remain united and
peacefully resist Zanu-PF’s attempts of bringing Zimbabwe
to instability and retrogression. The MDC remains committed to fighting
for the people’s rights, for freedom, democracy, prosperity
Our footprint remains
engraved in the political landscape of this nation and the movement
cannot be wished away. We will fight until Zimbabwe becomes a state
in which all its people are proud representatives of the nation.
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