The Movement for Democratic Change convened a successful and historic Congress from the 24th to the 26th of May 2019 at Ascot Stadium in Gweru, Midlands Province, Zimbabwe under the theme “Defining a New Course for Zimbabwe”.
Following a comprehensive Political Report of the Party and Thematic Reports followed by robust debates by delegates during plenary, Congress made the following Resolutions –
- 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. Congress therefore resolves that the Party must urgently implement measures to address and resolve the national crises. Which measures include the following:-
(a) The transformation, strengthening, modernisation, renewal, capacitation, rejuvenation and reinvigoration of the Party.
(b) 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 s59 of the Constitution.
(c) Providing solid and effective leadership in the zones controlled by the party including parliament, local authority, including deepening and sharpening the Party’s relations with the trade union movement, the church, the student movement and the rest of civic society.
(d) Providing leadership and alternative programmes, ideas and solutions to the national crisis through deep and informed policy positions, particularly on issues of governance, the rule of law, constitutionalism and the economy.
(e) Implementation and pursuit of the reform agenda particularly on areas that fundamentally affect the national question, including areas of –
- Electoral reform
- Political and institutional reform
III. Constitutional and legal reforms
- Security sector realignment
VII. Poverty and social safety nets
VIII. The economy
(f) The pursuit of genuine inclusive national dialogue to actualise the reform agenda though an inclusive framework or transitional mechanism.
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