THE MDC is set to hold a national standing committee strategy and planning meeting as it seeks to intensify its devolution agenda, party national spokesperson Nhlanhla Dube has said.
BY CHIEF REPORTER
This would be the party’s second national standing committee meeting since its election defeat last year.
Party leader Welshman Ncube held consultative meetings with the national media and organising committees in Bulawayo at the weekend during which he scoffed at critics “who misconstrued strategic silence for inactivity”.
Ncube has been out of the public arena since the July 31 elections.
“The media and organising departments have for the past five months tirelessly met with MDC members and society generally at grassroots level throughout the country in the party’s bid to re-tool and better understand the Zimbabwean pain and thus be able to contextualise, reflect on and infuse its core message of devolution with greater clarity,” Dube said.
“President Welshman Ncube, who sat in on both meetings, commended the participants for their tireless work in holding meetings in the wards, districts and provinces and scoffed at those who misconstrued strategic silence for inactivity.”
On devolution, Dube said Ncube had called on party members “to stay true to the spirit of devolution as it remained the only system of governance that would create real equality, fairness, justice, equitable access to resources, employment creation and improve people’s quality of life”.
The MDC’s dismal performance during the elections cast a shadow of doubt on whether the party still had a future in Zimbabwe’s politics, raising fears it might fail to finance its survival until the next elections.
The results were particularly devastating for Ncube, whose public appearances have all, but been reduced to zero.
While Ncube was not expected to win, many thought he would win a few seats to enable him and his party to hold the swing vote in the Legislature.
But the MDC failed to win a single seat in the National Assembly and in council elections, with its only representation in Parliament coming via the newly-introduced proportional representation system and the women’s quota.