MDC-T to host national economic conference

THE opposition MDC-T will hold a National Convergence Conference in two to three months’ time which it hopes the ruling Zanu PF will attend along with other political parties and stakeholders to find solutions to tackle the country’s desperate and deteriorating economic situation.

Hazel Ndebele

MDC-T president Morgan Tsvangirai told journalists yesterday that funds have already been secured for the conference.

He said the meeting would be a platform for key players in politics and the economy to chart the way forward for the country.

“This is not an MDC platform; everyone is invited including Zanu PF.
This is a very serious challenge as the country is in a serious crisis written and authored by Zanu PF,” Tsvangirai said adding: “The people who should welcome this conference the most are Zanu PF because we will provide a solution to the crisis they have created themselves.”

He said his party has set up a committee which will among others invite Zanu PF in the hope of solving the nation’s problems, as they feel this to be the only way to solve the country’s debilitating economic predicament.

Tsvangirai also said the committee would be expanded as time progresses.

“The signs of national leadership failure are now even more glaring for everyone to see, with government now literally lurching from one crisis to the other… Asi azvibatsiri kungochema (it doesn’t help to moan all the time). We all have to find a way out of this situation,” he said.

“There are those who think that by standing aside and watching the ship of state collapse and sink they will celebrate. We are all Zimbabweans; we have to come together to swim or sink together and that’s the motivation behind the MDC’s initiative.”

However, contacted for comment on whether Zanu PF would attend if invited, Zanu PF secretary for administration Ignatius Chombo said it was the first time he was hearing about the conference.

“I am hearing about this issue for the first time from your paper and hence I cannot really say if Zanu PF will or will not attend the conference if invited.” Chombo said.

“I will comment further when I have full information.”

Tsvangirai said his party would this year be focusing on five key areas, namely, the National Convergence Conference, rolling out a national and global campaign to liberate the people, implementation of the reform agenda focusing on constitutional and electoral reforms, campaigning for national elections and returning the country to “legitimacy, economic and social transformation”.

The MDC-T leader also took the opportunity to comment on the recent appointment of two vice-presidents in Emmerson Mnangagwa and Phelekezela Mphoko, saying: “The appointments are simply a cosmetic change without a substantial impact on the direction of the country.

“The newly appointed vice-presidents have their work cut out but predictably, they cannot extricate themselves from Mugabe’s ruinous and disastrous legacy. They are entrapped in the same policy failure that has characterised Zanu PF governance culture in the past 35 years.”

14 thoughts on “MDC-T to host national economic conference”

  1. Bruno Singende says:

    Of course, ZANU PF won’t be attending. Nevertheless, Tsvangirai and his friends must proceed just to show that they care for the welfare of the majority as well as to reveal that they have also one or two ideas to push the country forward.

  2. peter george says:

    puppets convergence conference

  3. Musona says:

    A failed politician seeking relevance. Waste of space.

    1. Wilbert Mukori says:

      Could not agree with you more!

    2. pasipamire says:

      Mprgan is no longer relevamt to the current national thrust, but he doesn’t know it. It is called “continuing to dance when the drums have long become silent.”

  4. Wilbert Mukori says:

    Tsvangirai is gunning for NGU mark-2 and a foot back on the gravy train that is all.

    What the country need is for Zanu PF to step down to allow the full implementations of ALL the democratic reforms and holding of free, fair and credible elections.

    MDC leaders have been careful not to call for the implementation of the democratic reforms because it will draw attention to them and ask why they failed to get even one reform implemented!

    1. Tambo says:

      This guy ….day dreamer , but I guess it’s ok since you are employed to write your paymasters feelings and wishes …. Dream on young man until you realize you are a black Zimbabwe who’s village supports ZANU PF & will continue to do so !!

    2. Chamu says:

      Mr mukori sir its high time should you realize that the so called implementation of reforms will never happen. Its likened to have ZANU give up the levers of power. That will never happen, Never, mark my words. You better start thinking of an alternative move. Reforms, just forget dude. Please think outside the box.

  5. Tambo says:

    Ooh what a waste …. Trying to win back all the donors he lost so he can get paid again….!!

  6. Sally says:

    raise money to build a electricity power station, build roads & people will definetly vote for mdc so that rigging will be impossible in 2018

  7. nehoreka says:

    Zims never cease to amaze really, so wat are people saying here? That Morgan must just sit and do nothing? That’s precisely why we find ourselves in this situation. When Itai Dzamara staged those protests, no one joined him, WHY? I guess bcoz we all feel too smart to sit in a park the whole day to liberate ourselves, that’s why we all have become armchair critics who, like the Maweres, write long, strong worded articles criticising the few that see the need to sit down and talk, in the process confusing the poor majority or the few that would have seen the need to attend such gatherings. Shame!

  8. Lesly says:

    What economic conference will those idiots host ? Bunch of loosers

  9. koka says:

    ah shame morgan, at the height of your political career you committed significant blunders that took its toll on your integrity and the donors vanished. now you are inviting zanu for gnu 2 and you think they will come. neva, zanu thinks they are holding all the four aces and will not come to your gathering. if i was in your shoes i would swallow my pride and start talking to biti and ncube honestly and openly without any hidden agenda or arrogance. maybe, just maybe you guys can salvage 2018 elections seeing that zanu is heading for a split.

  10. Nzou says:

    Hate him or like him. Morgan is a man. Vamwe vese muri muri vakadzi lyk Margarate said. If yu smarter than him y then are we in this mess? A bunch of cowards. Yu saying all sorts f shit coz yu don hev the balls.

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