What Tsvangirai said at the launch of the MDC Alliance?



I wish to conclude that today is not a day of speeches but an occasion of celebrating our coming together as you the people demanded.

Today, I have reunited with my former colleagues in the MDC as well as with the leaders of other political parties and social movements that are with us today. We have not allowed ourselves to be prisoners of the past. Instead, we are determined to be drivers of the future. Personal egos and petty differences cannot stand in the way of the fulfillment of a hope whose hour has come. 

In the same spirit of our unity here today, I urge the nation to rally together and to encourage each other to be active participants in national processes especially as we brace for the impending voter registration period.

Indeed, alliances, slogans and our endless complaints in the townships and in the villages will not help us if we do not register to vote. In our various political parties and in all our social networks, let us register to vote because our future is literally on our hands. We stand on the cusp of a new country and only a huge turn out on the polling day will make a palpable difference.

Students, vendors, traditional leaders, women’s groups, war veterans and other social movements must all turn out I their numbers to register to vote.

As a coalition and as an alliance, we will traverse the country, reinforcing the same message of encouraging everyone to participate in the bringing of positive change in our country.

We need to restate publicly the gospel of unity.  In bars, in churches, in the villages and in the urban areas where we stay, let us remind each other that future generations will not forgive us if we allow next year’s chance to slip away. It is a glorious chance that comes to us the ordinary people once in five years and we must make the most of it.

Let us embolden this huge coalition for change, underpinned by the knowledge that we cannot do this alone in our exclusive social spaces. Let us reunite and join the MDC Alliance in voting for one Presidential candidate, one parliamentary candidate and one ward representative under the banner of the MDC Alliance.

Zimbabweans remember the positive change that we brought into this country between 2009 and 2013, even though we were tethered with clueless partners.  With an exclusive mandate to govern this country in 2018 under the united banner of MDC Alliance, we can only do more and go far in fulfilling the collective aspirations of the people of Zimbabwe.

Make no mistake about it; you the people under the banner of the MDC Alliance will resoundingly win the next election.

We appeal to the region and to the world to stand by the people of this country as they navigate these dicey moments under a brutal regime. The world must stand with the people and not with the country’s leaders.

Today we begin the march to victory and indeed, together we will go far.

Congratulations Zimbabwe for endorsing this huge alliance as it marches to a resounding victory.

We heard you and we have heeded your call. In my case, I spent one and half months traversing all the country’s districts and the people’s message was clear and unambiguous that that there is no substitute for the unity of all democratic forces.

As our colleagues in Zanu PF disintegrate into factional smithereens–and as they foist on us a clueless 94 year old as a Presidential candidate—let us galvanize the nation for the huge lesson we will teach them in 2018.

That lesson is never to take the people for granted.

August is that great month when we celebrate Heroes Day in Zimbabwe. It is befitting that we have chosen the month of August to showcase this one huge heroic act of togetherness through this massive crowd of many political colours that is gathered here in the Zimbabwe Grounds.

It could only happen at no other venue but the Zimbabwe grounds, that citadel of the national spirit. On the eve of every new dispensation in the history of this country, this venue has always proved to be an unshackled bastion and ceremonial home of people power.

Today, we send a message to the world that together we are stronger.

Indeed, together we can. And together, we will go far.

Together. Tose. Sonke.

Today we have put this regime on notice.

Thank You Zimbabwe  


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