The MDC party has tasked its new leadership to engage in national dialogue as a way of ending the economic crisis facing the country or roll out protests.
Part of the resolutions annouced on Monday at the of the elective congress held in Gweru, the party resolved that the situation was untenable and a solution ought to be found.
“Congress takes note of the multiple crises affecting and arresting Zimbabwe which includes crisis of legitimacy, of governance, of lack of confidence, economy disequilibrium, breakdown of the rule of law, corruption and massive closure of political space,” read party of the resolution.
“Congress therefore resolves that the party must urgently implement measures to address and resolve the national crises. Which measures include the following, the transformation, strengthening, modernisation, renewal, capacitation, rejuvenation and reinvigoration of the party, defending and protecting the people of Zimbabwe and the constitution though proactive informed processes of engagement that include advocacy and mobilisation, including the exercise of the people’s constitutional right to petition and protest as protected by section 59 of the Constitution,” the party stated.
With a new leader Nelson Chamisa and his three deputies, Tendai Biti, Welshman Ncube and Lyennette Karenyi-Kore, the party wants dialogue to be the first attempt although it has rejected to be part of the President Emmerson Mnangagwa led political dialogue.
“Concerned by the absence of a national consensus and broad-based inclusive reforms resulting in cosmetic, false and pretentious reforms. Congress therefore, calls for the restoration of trust, confidence and legitimacy in order to create an environment for growth, stability, productivity on the back of domestic and foreign capital flows. Congress reiterated its position, that in the face of continued intransigence by ZANU-PF, the people of Zimbabwe have a constitutional right to protest.Congress further calls for an all stakeholders and all people’s Convention to locate exit points to the crisis currently bedevilling our country,” the party resolved.
“In order to resolve the national crisis, Congress mandated the party to engage in a national dialogue to reach a political settlement through a transitional mechanism. Any such dialogue must be credible and bankable, anchored on five key pillars which are: Return to legitimacy and normalcy, a comprehensive reform agenda, nation building and peace building and an end to international Isolation”.