MDC mourns the passing on of national heroine, Victoria Chitepo

Amai Victoria Chitepo

The MDC would like to express its deepest condolences to the Chitepo family and indeed to the whole nation of Zimbabwe, on the sad passing on of Amai Victoria Chitepo at her Harare home on Friday, April 8, 2016.

As a party, we salute the exemplary, selfless and heroic contribution by Amai Victoria Chitepo in ensuring that Zimbabwe attained independence from British colonial rule on April 18,1980. Amai Chitepo belongs to that very rare, heroic and gallant species of national heroines such as the late Ruth Chinamano, the late Sally Mugabe, the late Gogo Mafuyana Nkomo, the late Julia Zvobgo and living heroines such as Amai Maud Muzenda.T hese national heroines made an invaluable contribution in ensuring that Zimbabwe becomes a free and independent country after decades of colonial subjugation and exploitation.

Amai Victoria Chitepo was the epitome of fortitude, resilience and humility. After her late husband, Herbert Chitepo, was gruesomely assassinated in Lusaka, Zambia, in 1975,Amai Chitepo never lost her revolutionary zeal and drive to selflessly fight for our independence. She single-handedly raised her young family and managed to instill national pride in all her children.

We salute Amai Chitepo for she was not only a mother to the Chitepo children but a mother to all of us who were inspired by her selfless and humble dedication to the cause for the total and genuine emancipation of all oppressed people in Zimbabwe and beyond.

As the nation mourns the sad demise of a national heroine and revolutionary icon in the mould of Amai Victoria Chitepo, we shall forever remain grateful for what she taught and imparted to the nation over the years.She taught us love, peace, honesty, integrity, solidarity and tolerance.

May the soul of the late Amai Victoria Chitepo rest in eternal peace.
Obert Chaurura Gutu
MDC National Spokesperson
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President Tsvangirai appoints Shadow Cabinet

Morgan Tsvangirai

President Morgan Tsvangirai today announced his shadow Cabinet that he said will work hard in crafting and articulating alternative policies and programmes for the country.

He announced his shadow cabinet before the party’s national executive committee that met in Harare today to discuss the national crisis, adding that he had no doubt about the capacity of the men and women he had appointed.

President Tsvangirai stressed to the executive that the shadow Cabinet will not be a shadow of the ZANU PF Cabinet in the strictest sense because the current government had failed and there was nothing either to monitor or to shadow. Moreover, he said the current Cabinet was structured taking into cognizance the need to balance the ZANU PF factions and not necessarily to transform the lives of people.

He said the MDC would not follow a template tainted by patronage, tired nationalism and factionalism. He bemoaned the apparent policy discord currently in government and said the MDC team will be robust in taking government to account and in policy articulation.

Apart from the shadow Cabinet, President Tsvangirai also appointed a team of portfolio secretaries that will shadow key Commissions, regulatory and statutory bodies.

The Shadow Cabinet
  • 1. Finance ------ Hon. Dr. Tapiwa Mashakada
  • 2. Energy Development and Procurement -------- Eng. Elias Mudzuri
  • 3. Transport and Infrastructure -------- Hon. Morgen Komichi
  • 4. Policy ------- Hon. Nelson Chamisa
  • 5. Tourism, Parks and National Resources ------- Hon. Sithembile Mlotshwa
  • 6. Information Communication Technologies ------- Mr. Khalipani Phugeni
  • 7. Local Government and Public Works ------- Hon. Eddie Cross
  • 8. Mines and Small scale Mining ------- Hon. Gabuzza Joel Gubuzza
  • 9. Urban Development and Re-Enginering ------- Mr. Jameson Timba
  • 10. Foreign Affairs ------- Hon. Theresa Maonei Makone
  • 11. Health ------- Dr Henry Madzorera
  • 12. Public Service, Labour and Social Security ------- Hon. Purina Mpariwa
  • 13. Defence ------- Hon. Gift Chimanikire
  • 14. Home Affairs ------- Rtd. Major Giles Mutsekwa
  • 15. Women’s Affairs ------- Hon. Fanny Chirisa
  • 16. Legal Affairs ------- Mr. Douglas Togarasei Mwonzora
  • 17. Commerce, Industry, Trade, Small and Medium Enterprises --- Mr. T. Mureyi
  • 18. Education, Tertiary and Vocationl Training ----- Prof. Heneri Dzinotyiwei
  • 19. Agriculture, Infrastructure and Food Security ---- Mr. Valentine Ziswa

Portfolio shadow secretaries for statutory bodies and key institutions
  • 1. Zimbabwe National Roads Authority (ZINARA) ------- Hon. Bheki Sibanda
  • 2. Judicial services Commission ------- Hon. Innocent Gonese
  • 3. Zimbabwe Electoral Commission------Hon. Murisi Zwizwai
  • 4. Zimbabwe Energy Regulatory Authority ------- Mr. Blessing Chebundo
  • 5. Zimbabwe Anti-Corruption Commission------Jon. Jessie Majome
  • 6. Gender Commission ---------- Hon. Lillian Timveos
  • 7. Zimbabwe human Rights Commission ---- Hon. James Makore
  • 8. Zimbabwe Media Commission------Mr. Job Sikhala
  • 9. Peace and Transitional Justice Commission----Hon. Concilia Chinanzvavana
  • 10. Sports Commission ------- Mr. Clifford Hlatshwayo
  • 11. Public Service Commission ------ Hon Tracy Mutinhiri
  • 12. Traditional Leadership ------------- Hon. Misheck Marava
  • 13. National arts Commission ----------- Hon. Agnes Sibanda Mloyi
  • 14. Zimbabwe National Water Authority ----- Dr Mandhla Nyathi
  • 15. People Living with Disabilities, Special Needs ------- Mr. Denias Mudzingwa
The shadow Ministers for Lands and Water Development and Youth Affairs will be announced in due course. Add a comment



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