THE opposition Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) says it will hold a national conference to decide on the talks with Zanu PF which are currently being mediated by three A
MDC president Morgan Tsvangirai told over 20 000 supporters who thronged White City stadium in Bulawayo last Sunday that his party would not betray the will of the people in the talks with Zanu PF.
“The MDC will hold a national conference for the people to endorse whatever is agreed in the talks with Zanu PF, if they take place, and it would be up to the people to decide,” Tsvangirai said to applause from the crowd.
Tsvangirai said whatever the outcome of the talks, presidential elections would have to be held again in the country.
“Elections have to be held again whatever the outcome of the talks and our structures and our grassroots have been asked to be ready for a re-run of presidential elections,” he said.
Tsvangirai said the MDC would not withdraw the court challenge against the legitimacy of Mugabe’s victory as a pre-condition for talks with Zanu PF.
“Mugabe says we should recognise him as president and withdraw the petition before he talks to us. We shall not do that because the talks should be unconditional and that was communicated to the three presidents,” Tsvangirai said.
“It won’t help for Morgan Tsvangirai to recognise Mugabe as the legitimate president of the country without the people of Zim-babwe recognising him.
“We cannot allow Mugabe to dictate any conditions for talks, if there are going to be any talks at all. The Lancaster House talks would not have succeeded if Ian Smith was allowed to set conditions. The talks were held while war continued,” said Tsvangirai.
The opposition leader said it was time for people to come out onto the streets and push Mugabe and Zanu PF out of power and create a democracy in the country.
“I urge you to come out in numbers, including the suffering Zanu PF supporters, on the streets when the call for mass action comes. Everyone except the sick and elderly should come out on the streets for the final push,” Tsvangirai said to cheers from the crowd.
“Never should we allow a government to break bones, rape, and murder – that should never happen again in this country.”