The Alternative Cabinet today met to deliberate on various issues affecting Zimbabweans. In particular, special focus was on the collapse of governance, lack of leadership, a crumbling economic activity, total collapse of the industry, rapid unemployment and man made poverty.
The Alternative Cabinet noted with concern the rising unemployment, general economic meltdown and closure of companies. Over the past few months, companies have been closing, laying off thousands of workers, leaving families in circumstances of destitution.
Some of the issues deliberated upon are as follows:-
1. Alignment of all laws to the Constitution
The MDC Alternative Cabinet is alarmed that the Zanu PF government is failing to commence and complete the simple but important national task of aligning all laws to the dictates of the new Charter. It is exactly 11 months after the Zanu PF government manipulated the will of the people on the 31st of July 2013 yet there is no tangible evidence of both political will and capacity to allow the laws of the country to be in line with the spirit and letter of the constitution.
More importantly, the Zanu PF government is not even willing to consummate the dictates of certain constitutional provisions. In particular, the issue of devolution; entrenchment of the human rights culture and accountability in institutions of the state have not been implemented.
2. Unconstitutionality and unilateralism concerning Electoral amendments
The MDC rejects the unilateral amendments to the Electoral Act made by Zanu PF. The amendments where railroaded through parliament without due public consultation and participation. This confirms the Zanu PF default setting of rigging processes and manipulating institutions for partisan interests.
The MDC restates that the country needs comprehensive electoral reforms to permanently address the perennial problem of the rigging of elections and disputed election results. In fact, there can never be any credible election in Zimbabwe without any comprehensive reforms.
3. Policy flip-flopping by Zanu PF
The Cabinet noted with great concern the policy flip flopping and lack of clarity on the part of Zanu PF. Ministers of the same Cabinet have taken turns to contradict each other on where the government stands on the controversial indigenisation policy. This lack of clarity has undermined investor and citizen confidence, with very dire effects on the economy.
The MDC government believes in broad based economic upliftment programmes that focus on value addition, community infrastructure support programmes, skills transfer and allocation of value to citizens on the basis of the benefit derived out of the whole value chain.
The MDC government seeks to build a modern, healthy, functional, integrated developmental state with a vibrant, socially just green economy that takes pride at leaving no one behind.The so-called ZimAsset programme has proved to be a major hoax with nothing beyond the value of propaganda and sloganeering. The MDC government urges Zimbabweans to embrace the viable alternative policy programme, the Agenda for Real Transformation, ART, being provided by the MDC.
The ART programme focuses on inclusive growth and poverty reduction while ensuring micro-economic stability and job creation anchored on infrastructure development, food security and social services delivery.
The latest appointment of Mr Masimirembwa at CMED does not inspire confidence. Zanu PF has failed and or reneged on their electoral promise to provide the promised two million jobs, succeeding in creating more jobs for the boys. Mr Masimirembwa being the new kid on the block with a checkered history at the ZMDC.
Zanu PF seems to be suffering from either a crisis of manpower or a perennial disease of recycling deadwood. As if that is not enough, the land allocation system has been dogged by accusations and counter accusations of corruption by top Zanu PF functionaries. Clearly, corruption seems to be second nature to the Zanu PF administration.
The MDC government, while acknowledging the importance of agrarian reform, calls for the establishment of a genuinely independent Land Commission that permanently looks into the land reform and deal with issues of land tenure in a sustainable and economically viable manner. Land belongs to all Zimbabweans and as such must be treated as an important national asset.
5. Collapse of Zanu PF Government
The Alternative Cabinet noted that it is ridiculous for a whole president to complain about his own minister at a funeral without assuring the nation on what he is doing to restore the credibility and performance legitimacy of his administration. Further, it is actually reckless for Zanu PF to chide editors of newspapers for not towing the Zanu PF line. In the first place, the media is supposed to be independent and free without any interference, being pro-people and not pro-Zanu PF.
Section 61(4) of the Zimbabwe Constitution emphasize that all state media must be free to determine its editorial content of their broadcast or other communications and must be impartial affording fair opportunity for the presentation of divergent views and dissenting opinions.
6. Civil servants
The civil servants pay remains miserably low with pay dates being constantly changed. This in fact, constitutes a threat to national stability and service delivery.
The MDC Alternative Cabinet decries the lack of ideas within this institutionalised kleptocracy characterised by an irredeemable and inevitable national decay. Therefore, the Alternative Cabinet calls for the immediate dissolution and disbandment of the Zanu PF government to pave way for the resolution of the political and economic crisis through free and fair election conducted under a fresh dispensation of comprehensive and all inclusive electoral reforms.
Any day longer under the current administration is a further subtraction of value and dignity from the citizenry.
Hon Nelson Chamisa, MP
Alternative Minister, Media and Communications.
The MDC Youth Assembly joins the rest of Africa in commemorating the 2014 Day of the African Child under its theme “Demanding Accessible, Affordable, Quality Education, Jobs and Equal opportunities for all.”
It is universally acknowledged that education plays an important role in the development of the individual and the country. The right to education is enshrined in various international, regional and national human rights instruments including the Declaration of Human Rights and the African Charter on Human and People’s Rights.
Indeed, the Constitution of Zimbabwe Article 27.1(a) and (b) makes express reference to free and compulsory basic education for children as well as the promotion of higher and tertiary education.
However, Zimbabwe finds itself in a sorry state as the illegitimate government has dismally failed to provide for this basic right. For starters, over a million children have failed to go back to school because government failed to secure funding for the Basic Education Assistance Model, BEAM. Secondly, the conditions of service for teachers and lecturers remain appalling with the sham government mulling measures of not paying teachers during holiday times. Thirdly, the so called government has failed to promote higher and tertiary education as more families are failing to send their children for further education due to financial constraints.
The policies remain retrogressive and do not inspire confidence into the economy thereby negatively affecting social services such as the education sector.
Not only that, the same government has failed to honor its election promise to provide 2.2 million jobs. Instead, more job losses are experienced daily as companies fold under the current liquidity crunch. The majority of the youth find themselves jobless while thousands are forced out of employment due to increased company closures.
In such a crisis, the youth are the main victims.
As we commemorate the Day of the African Child, the MDC Youth Assembly demands that the government acts towards creating a well governed, managed and administered education system that produces world class citizens.
In order for this to happen, the government must ensure that every Zimbabwean has access to a high quality education that will enable them to optimize the use of individual talent and make advancement in a competitive world. Both society and individual must benefit from public expenditure on education.
Therefore, we demand that the student loans and grants in universities and colleges be re-introduced. We further demand that the so called government honors its constitutional obligation to provide free basic education to children.
The MDC Youth Assembly categorically calls for the abandonment of the partisan, anti-investor and non consistent policies being pursued by the Zanu PF government like the ZimAsset and the Indigenisation policy.
All Zimbabwean youths want jobs and equal opportunities for them to realise their maximum potential as economic players. All the people of Zimbabwe want a functional economy that encourage individual and national growth, not cheap political sloganeering as excuse for economic blueprints.
In line with the above, the Assembly will be having commemorations in the following areas
Bulawayo - 14 June 2014 (Youth Arena, Mpopoma-Pelandaba Constituency)
Chitungwiza - 15 June 2014 (Seke, Unit A)
Harare - 16 June 2014 (Harare Gardens)
Midlands - 21 June 2014 (Midlands Hotel)
The youth remain the custodians of the present and guarantors of tomorrow.
I thank you
MDC Youth Assembly National Spokesperson
........as MDC members are acquitted of violence
A Harare Magistrate Mr Serima has dismissed claims by Elton Mangoma that he had been assaulted by members of the MDC at Harvest House on the 15th of February this year. The magistrate correctly found that neither Mangoma nor the video recorded before, during and after the alleged assault could identify the accused persons as the perpetrators. In fact the magistrate wondered why the people who were actually captured on video attacking Mangoma were not arrested by the police. He wondered why the complainant himself was not pressing charges against those individuals.
On the evidence of the other three witnesses who are part of the rebels expelled from the MDC was manifestly unreliable as it was too contradictory. These state witnesses said different versions of the same event. Correctly the magistrate said the evidence by Mangoma’s witnesses was pathetic.
At the close of the State case, the magistrate acquitted the nine MDC youths namely Denford Ngadziore, Francis Machimbidzofa, Enock Mukudu, Samson Nerwande, Stefani Jahwi, Paul Gorekore, Shakespeare Mukoyi, Rhino Mashaya and James Chidhakwa.
The case has vindicated the MDC position that the whole incident was stage-managed to de-brand the party and its President as disciples of violence as a means to settle differences. What has also been lost at court today is the projection of President Tsvangirai and the party he leads as intolerant and violent. That propaganda plot has now simply fallen apart at the seams.
The MDC categorically states that it has never been violent and that its members who were falsely accused reserve the right to seek redress for the needless harassment and defamation arising out of the concocted allegations.
That Mangoma and others tried to drag the name of the party into disrepute is only an indication of their failure to understand the principles of this social democratic party.
The MDC remains committed to fighting for a corrupt free government that provides for jobs, health, education and service delivery to its people without fear or favour.
Smear campaigns of the leadership and any of our members will not detract this party from its mission of bringing positive change in Zimbabwe.
The MDC wishes to categorically state that there is no mediation taking place whatsoever between the party and the rebels who have now been expelled by the National Council.
We note with concern the false narrative to the effect that Mrs Sekai Holland is leading mediation efforts between the MDC and the rebels led by the former secretary-general, Hon. Tendai Biti.
In the party, Mrs Holland is the chairperson of the Guardians Council and has not been mandated to play any other role. In any case, the National Council of the party has not sanctioned any mediation efforts between the party and the rebels.
The MDC is a voluntary organization and after their illegal Mandel meeting, the rebels said they had exercised their constitutional right to dissociate from the party led by President Morgan Tsvangirai. Any mediation would obviously seek to associate them with people they would rather not associate with.
The MDC reiterates that there is no individual or party organ involved in any mediation process with the party rebels who recently announced that they are forming their own party.
The recent announcement by the rebels that they have formally charged the party President and will soon bring him before a disciplinary hearing is not consistent with any form of mediation either taking place or about to take place.
We see no reason to re-engage with people who have openly confessed to be working Zanu PF and state security agents.
The MDC has learnt with shock and sadness of the death of its Mashonaland West Provincial Chairperson, Mr Jephat Karemba yesterday. He was 63.
Mr Karemba was admitted at Karanda Mission hospital yesterday morning and an operation for prostate cancer conducted but, sadly he passed on around midnight. Mourners are gathered at Farm no. 57, Chitomborwizi in Makonde district.
The MDC has lost a dedicated cadre who has stood by the party since its formation. Mr Karemba was elected the Mashonaland West Information and Publicity Secretary in 1999, before he was elevated to the post of Provincial Chairperson in 2006. He was re elected as the Chairperson at the 2011 Congress, a position he held till the time of his death.
A war veteran and ex-detainee during the war of liberation, Mr Karemba turned to farming tobacco and maize in 1989 to date. Mr Karemba, a uniting force and fearless leader has stood by the principles of democracy, encouraging unity and togetherness in his province and ensuring that the Party remains intact in the largely volatile Mashonaland West Province.
He is survived by his wife, Namatayi, five children and nine grandchildren. He will be buried on Sunday at his farm and the national party leadership will attend.