The MDC-T has launched an academy where its leaders will receive training in leadership qualities and skills.
Party organising secretary Nelson Chamisa said the programme titled Lead Zimbabwe (Leadership Excellency Academy for Democracy) was meant to teach the leadership about ideological thought on social democracy and would help educate all leaders from party president Morgan Tsvangirai to the lowest person in the party structures.
The academy was launched last Friday with the party’s top brass getting tutorials from respected academics.
“It’s an instrument to firmly root our party in democratic ideals. Democracy is our totem; it is our character and the vision is to develop a robust, dynamic and informed Zimbabwean cadre for real change with clarity on servant leadership,” Chamisa said.
“Zimbabwe has suffered for too long and we do not want a fluke democracy and vacant change. For it to be real, we want to cultivate the leadership spirit. Today we started with national leaders and it will cascade to all Members of Parliament and all deployees in government and the party,” he said.
Chamisa said the curriculum would cover the history of Zimbabwe, history of the MDC, building a social democratic and developmental state, the role of the working class and people in the formation of the MDC, leadership development, social justice and solidarity in international relations.
“There has to be a difference between the MDC-T leader and a Zanu PF functionary.
“We are serious about giving Zimbabwe democracy critically and differently and when we start giving the happiest people are going to be Zanu PF people because we will govern so well,” he said.