Harare – MDC Alliance has set May 24 to 26 for its national elective congress, bringing an end it the acrimonious succession battle that has rocked the party since the death of founding leader Morgan Tsvangirai.
This comes after the MDC national council met on Friday the situation in the party and the country.
In a statement issued after the meeting, the elective congress which was initially set for October will now be held in May.
“Consistent with the powers exercised by the party president in terms of Article 22.214.171.124 of the party Constitution, the national council reaffirms the position that the 5th Congress of the MDC be held on 24-26 May 2019,” read the statement.
“The National Council hereby authorises the Secretary General to write the notification for the said Congress,” read the statement.
On dialogue the party resolved that”: “Council restated the party’s commitment to genuine dialogue. In this regard, Council unequivocally affirms its commitment to genuine dialogue convened by a credible, independent and mutually acceptable arbiter. Council restates that the dialogue process must be properly and independently guaranteed and that the conditions must be conducive to genuine dialogue.
Council notes that Zanu PF has a history of battering people so as to frog-march and coerce them to meaningless dialogue platforms. To this end, Council calls for the immediate cessation of all forms of brutality and harassment of the people and the MDC leadership so as to create a proper environment for a genuine and durable national conversation to take place”.