President Tsvangirai meets opinion leaders and informal miners in Midlands North

President Tsvangirai in Midlands

President Morgan Tsvangirai today met opinion leaders in Kadoma, addressed a provincial assembly meeting at the party office in Kwekwe and met informal miners (makorokoza) in Redcliff where he came face to face with the debilitating social effects on families of the collapse of Ziscosteel.

After a highly instructive engagement with church, business, traditional leaders and the youth, President Tsvangiral took time to explain the alliance building process and to get input on the Zimbabwe that people want post- Mugabe in 2018.

The people at the meetings gave strategic input on elections. They gave their thumbs up to a coalition but urged the party to do a due diligence on all potential partners to assess the value they will bring to the coalition.

President Tsvangirai urged the youth to register and vote in the next election, saying young people have a duty to define and defend their future through their active participation in the next election.

However, it was during President Tsvangirai’s engagement with the small scale informal miners (makorokoza) that the huge social impact of the closure of Ziscosteel came to the fore. The former Ziscosteel workers, who are now makorokoza, said they have not been paid for 10 years while the whole town has virtually ground to a halt.

In Torwood, there has been no running water for years while the mine is not allowing children to come to school without fees, despite owing the parents pensions and/or severance packages for more than a decade.

President Tsvangirai said the collapse of Ziscosteel and the murky manner in which the Essar deal in which an Indian firm wanted to pour in billions of dollars, represented the true Zanu PF legacy of unbridled incompetence.

He urged all the former Ziscosteel workers who are struggling to make ends meet to take part in the next election and vote in a new government that could come up with a robust response in reviving the steel giant.

Tomorrow, President Tsvangirai will meet opinion leaders in Mberengwa and Zvishavane.

Luke Tamborinyoka
Presidential Spokesperson and Director of Communications
Movement for Democratic Change

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President Tsvangirai meets students, opinion leaders

President Tsvangirai in Midlands

President Morgan Tsvangirai yesterday resumed his listening tour of the provinces when he met opinion leaders and students in Gokwe and Kwekwe respectively.

In Gokwe, President Tsvangirai held two highly successful meetings with chiefs, village heads, war veterans and church leaders with all of them saying they want the new government in 2018 to put in place a new governance architecture that is inclusive and where government does not abuse State institutions as done by Zanu PF.

The opinion leaders complained of partisan distribution of food, rampant corruption in all sectors of the economy and the abuse of traditional leaders by government. They said they yearned for a truly free and fair election where the people's will is respected and transfer of power guaranteed.

President Tsvangirai promised the leaders that the MDC and other political parties under NERA were working flat out for the implementation of far reaching reforms that would guarantee a credible poll.

The opinion leaders also welcomed the proposed alliance of opposition political parties but warned President Tsvangirai to be highly cautious and to be thorough as some of the outfits were Zanu PF surrogates meant to cause confusion. They said, however, that the coming together of genuine political parties would provide inspiration and hope that change would definitely come at the next election.

At a village in the Nemangwe area of Gokwe Central, President Tsvangirai spent the entire afternoon conversing with ordinary villagers, most of them in their 80s. They saluted him for his respect for ordinary people and pledged to continue voting for him, as they had always done.

In Kwekwe, President Tsvangirai addressed thousands of students. He challenged them to participate in the politics of the country so that they could determine their own future. He said the youth should register to vote in their numbers so that they make a loud and bold statement about how they want to be governed.

The MDC leader was accompanied by one of his deputies Hon. Nelson Chamisa, youth chairman Happymore Chidziva, deputy national spokesperson Thabitha Khumalo and deputy treasurer general Charlton Hwende.

Today, President Tsvangirai will meet opinion leaders in Kadoma and address a provincial assembly meeting in Kwekwe in the afternoon.

Luke Tamborinyoka
Presidential Spokesperson and Director of Communications
Movement for Democratic Change

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