We are ready to rule — MDC-T

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MDC-T is convinced the people of Zimbabwe will give it a full mandate to govern in the next elections and says it is ready for the task.

According to the resolutions passed at the end of the party’s third congress in Bulawayo on Sunday, MDC-T promised to establish a transparent government based on the principles of equality, openness, accountability and consultation.

The party said it was committed to alliances with civic groups, particularly unions, constitutional organisations, churches and other democratic organisations, “in the task of dislodging dictatorship in Zimbabwe”.

Once in power, Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai’s party said it would ensure that finality was brought to the land question, ensure there was security of tenure, restore the market for land and ensure all Zimbabweans were entitled to land regardless of race or political affiliation.

“. . . trusting that the party will receive the full mandate of the people in the next elections, we undertake as a government, to pursue the implementation of a new Zimbabwe blueprint that will . . . respect the Constitution and the rule of law.

“ . . . Execute a pro-poor, inclusive economic programme that will pursue growth with inclusivity and growth with jobs based on sound and pro-poor macroeconomic policies.”

MDC-T said it would also push for the reintegration of Zimbabwe into Africa and the world economy through establishing a competitive economy.

The party said it would also ensure that there was:

“Meaningful broad-based empowerment of Zimbabweans through the creation of jobs and foreign direct investment as opposed to narrow and elitist indigenisation policies that promote cronyism, self-aggrandisement, clientelism and the destruction of the economy.

“Ensure that the administration of national resources, particularly diamonds, gold, platinum and other resources, benefits all the people.”

The party said it would respect people and hold tripartite consultations between labour, business and government while also ensuring that every child goes to school and that the nation’s health was restored.

MDC-T said it would push environment-friendly policies as well as recognise and mainstream gender in all its policies. The party, however, resolved not to go for elections unless the conditions were right.

“Now we as congress . . . Acknowledge the strategic importance of the GPA and the transitional government and call for the holding of a credible, legitimate and free election only in terms of a roadmap guaranteed by Sadc and the African Union,” read one of the resolutions.

The party also condemned violence and called for the completion of the national healing programme “and, more importantly, the implementation of the matrix of transitional justice in Zimbabwe”.

MDC-T said State institutions and security organs were critical in preserving the integrity of the country, but expressed disappointment with the partiality of some institutions.

The party restated that government institutions “do not belong to any political party”, hence must be neutral and serve all Zimbabweans.