MDC resumes campaign trail

Dumisani Muleya

THE Opposition Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) has resumed its international campaign to end political repression and economic decline in Zimbabwe.



erdana, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif”>MDC secretary-general Welshman Ncube is on a mission to North America and Europe to explain the situation in Zimbabwe. This follows recent similar trips in the southern African region.


Ncube has so far visited the United States, Sweden and Britain, where he participated in a discussion on the local crisis in London. He is expected to visit Norway and Holland during his three-week trip.


“I went to the United States last week and I met White House, State Department, Congressional, National Security, and African Department officials,” Ncube said in a telephone interview from Stockholm.


“We discussed the usual problems in Zimbabwe which include economic, political and social issues. I pointed put out to them that there was no progress towards a solution in Zimbabwe because the political deadlock still remains.”


Ncube said he met officials from the ministries of Foreign Affairs and International Development in Sweden to brief them on the local situation.

He said he would raise similar issues – repression, human rights abuses, the democratic deficit, electoral manipulation and the economic crisis – when he visits other countries during his tour.


Ncube said it had now become increasingly necessary for the MDC to embark on international briefings because leaders of a few countries who support or are afraid to confront President Robert Mugabe’s repressive regime, were going about misrepresenting the situation in the country.


“We want to correct some of the claims that have been made about the situation in Zimbabwe by some countries,” he said. “We cannot allow anyone to pretend that things are okay or not all that bad when people are suffering.”