May 12 2017 – SIXTEEN Zimbabwean Political parties the majority of whom are from CODE and NERA, met in Cape Town, South Africa from the Monday 8 to 9 May 2017 and committed to do all that is necessary to building a broad coalition of political parties to contest the elections from a unified and solid position. All but two political parties signed the resolution as the two parties wanted to consult their structures.
“The parties committed to reach out to other leaders from different sectors in our nation as the Crisis in Zimbabwe demands that we put aside our differences and work together to save our Country” says the chairperson of the gathering Dr Dumiso Dabengwa.
Specifically the 16 parties committed to building a mass opposition movement (MOM) which is going to be guided by inclusivity, trust and ownership as the parties gear under one message in preparation for the elections in 2018.
“We recognize the need to build inclusivity, trust and ownership and it is our hope that we will reach out to the masses of Zimbabwe to come together to fight the elections as one unified voice echoing shared vision as we build the Zimbabwe we want”, says Dabengwa.
Dabengwa say the the next step in this pivotal move would be consultative forums with various multi stakeholders representing diverse groups and institutions across Zimbabwe.
“We recognize that the masses of Zimbabweans are fighting the same battle in their different platforms, however to win this battle we need to come together as one”, he explained.
Zimbabwe is currently embattled with a despotic government which has been in power for the last 37 years, and a plethora of crises which have brought Zimbabweans to their knees. This has caused many voices to rise up to respond to the crises albeit in a fragmented manner.
President of the National People’s Party Joice Mujuru and MDC T president Morgan Tsvangirai signed a MOU a few weeks ago
“Through this initiative we will be working together in achieving the establishment of a democratic, peaceful, sustainable Zimbabwe where every citizen lives a happy, fulfilled and prosperous life and to deliver transformational leadership to the people of Zimbabwe through a lean, competent and effective government”, enunciated the Chairman.
The mandate of the MOM is to bring Zimbabweans together under one vision and one voice to reclaim their country by putting its destiny in their hands by putting in place a winning team for the 2018 elections.
According the Dabengwa MOM’s vision will be achieved by :
1. Working together as political parties and other stakeholders in addressing the Zimbabwean crisis including Zimbabweans in the diaspora and in particular the challenges of leadership, governance, rule of law and economic collapse.
2. Working together in a broad coalition of opposition parties and stakeholders with a view to contesting elections as a united opposition and in particular the principle of fielding one candidate for every elected position.
3. Engaging the international and regional community including SADC, AU and UN in the achievement of the above objectives.
Dabengwa concluded by saying the consultative meetings and related activities were part of the road map towards the establishment of a strong Mass Opposition Movement.
The parties represented were:
African Democratic Party (ADP)
Democratic Assembly of Restoration and Empowerment (DARE)
Free Zimbabwe Congress (FZC)
Freedom Front (FF)
Mavambo Kusile Dawn (MKD)
Movement for Democratic Change (MDC)
Multiracial Christian Democrats (MCD)
People’s Democratic Party (PDP)
Progressive Democrats of Zimbabwe (PDZ)
Renewal Democrats of Zimbabwe (RDZ)
Transform Zimbabwe (TZ)
Zimbabwe African National Union (ZANU NDONGA)
Zimbabwe African People’s Union (ZAPU)
Zimbabwe First (ZF)
Zimbabweans United for Democracy (ZUNDE)
Zimbabwe People First (ZPF) – MOM press statement. Video by Pardon Gambakwe