MDC Congratulates Charles Manyuchi

Charles Manyuchi

The MDC congratulates Charles Manyuchi for winning the WBC Welterweight Silver Champion. Charles Manyuchi’s victory comes at the backdrop of a debilitating economic decline thus defying all odds to give the people of Zimbabwe a ray of hope and something to smile about in spite of the ravaging economic downturn instigated by Zanu PF misrule.

It is encouraging that despite lack of government support the Zimbabwean Champion went on to post a convincing victory to land the prestigious world boxing championship belt. That the Zanu PF government failed to support the Boxing champion is not only and indictment of sport in Zimbabwe but demonstrates the total failure by the regime to provide the necessary environment for sport development in the country. To honestly have our sports person surrogated by neighbouring Zambia owing to lack of appropriate support infrastructure locally is quite shameful and disgusting to say the least.

The MDC government recognises that the encouragement of sport will stimulate national capacity for thought and for work. As such the utilisation of skills as manifest in Charles Manyuchi is necessary and vital for a growing and complex society like Zimbabwe.

It is also in keeping with the new constitution which recognizes that sport is a basic right and as such the MDC policy on sport effectively removes all barriers and offers the necessary infrastructure to support sport development in Zimbabwe and accord every citizen opportunity to take part in sporting activities of their choice.

The policy which among other things provides an effective structure for the management of sport will certainly strengthen the various national sport associations. The MDC believes in the strong involvement of private sector in the funding of sport and as such will offer attractive rebates for those in the private sector involved in sport funding.

Cliford Hlatyawo – MDC Secretary for Sport and Culture Add a comment

President Tsvangirai convenes urgent Shadow Cabinet meeting

Luke Tamborinyoka

President Tsvangirai will tomorrow convene an urgent Shadow Cabinet meeting to discuss pressing national issues; top of which is government’s ill-advised move to bring back the Zimbabwe dollar through the back door.

The country is mired in a monumental crisis and the MDC shadow Cabinet and the party’s national executive that will also be convened soon, will chart a robust and comprehensive political reaction to this madness. The MDC is taking the government’s ill-advised decision seriously, hence the urgent meeting of the Shadow Cabinet and the national executive to discuss this urgent matter of national interest.

The huge national crisis is summed up by the chilling fact that more than half of the country is now surviving on domesticating and selling what only a year ago were wild birds (zvihuta). It would be futile to expect Zanu PF to get us out of this mess that it has created as that would be tantamount to expecting a mosquito to cure malaria.

The MDC is preparing a robust political response to this madness and the party reserves its right to mobilize the people against this ill-advised decision that is certainly not backed by economic logic. Zimbabweans have fresh memories of the traumatizing experiences with the “bearer’s cheques” of 2008. The so-called bond notes, with a value of up to $20, signify a return to the stressing national times off eight years ago. Ordinary Zimbabweans lost their savings, pensioners lost their life-time savings and companies and other institutions were shortchanged as the economy tumbled until the MDC presence in an inclusive government brought stability and unprecedented economic annual growth figures, which peaked at 12 percent in 2012.

The cash crisis which led to the decision to print bond notes stems from a crisis of confidence. There is no confidence in both the economy and in the banks, all stemming from a crisis of legitimacy arising out of the stolen election of 2013. Unfortunately for Zanu PF, the printing of bond notes cannot be a panacea to what is essentially a political crisis that needs a political solution.

One cannot mask illegitimacy under the veil of bond notes that are essentially a sanitized version of ordinary bond paper or newsprint. Bond coins, bond notes all point to the cluelessness of what has become a “bond” government that is running the affairs of State. Between 2009 and 2013, President Tsvangirai and his team worked very hard to steer the ship of State towards an economic Canaan, but President Mugabe’s government seeks to reverse all the gains and return the country to the long suffering years in Egypt.

The printing of bond notes will be the death knell to this economy. Zimbabweans have walked this road before. They have not forgotten the dark days when they were poor quintillionaires. President Tsvangirai and the MDC will do all they can to save the country and to return it to logic and common sense.

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