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Published: March 6, 2012
Chivi(ZimEye)-The MDC is more than willing to go to the polls as soon as the necessary reforms have been completed, provincial party officials said here at the weekend.
Speaking at a provincial rally held at Chivi Growth Point on Saturday provincial party leaders concurred necessary reforms have to be completed before the polls adding there was need to fight voter apathy to enable the completion of real change. At least 600 party supporters attended the rally.
MDC provincial chairman, Wilstaff Sitemere said although Zanu PF was using state machinery to frustrate change, people must remain resolute despite the challenges. He added police officers and soldiers should not participate in the polls as they did in the previous elections.
“We want sweeping reforms. We do not want the uniformed forces to play a determined role in influencing the outcome of the polls. Soldiers must stay at the barracks and we also demand a new voter`s roll because the current one is full of ghost voters. We want the issue of
power transfer to be clearly resolved because we want an outright winner in the presidential elections and people should not win by technicalities.
He took a swipe at GMB officials for working in cahoots with Zanu PF to deny villagers thought to be sympathetic to the MDC access to food aid.Headed the food distribution exercise was not a Zanu PF programme.
Addressing the same gathering MDC provincial secretary and Deputy Minister for Youth Development and Indigenization, Honourable Tongai Matutu said Zanu PF was suffering from a leadership crisis and the former ruling party was full of political spent forces who literally reversed the gains of the liberation struggle.
‘We do not want to dwell much on Zanu PF `s failures because we all know that the former ruling party is full of political dead wood-so we know their blunders are well pronounced. Let me stress that we must remain organized and focused. We need to gain total power and I would like to urge all party supporters here to work extra hard so that we can win the Chivi Central parliamentary seat. It is a fact that Zanu PF has stalled social, political and economic progress for years but let us get to the ground and continue to pursue real change and democracy. Chiefs and kraal heads must not participate in political affairs. That is why we are calling for reforms before the polls,“said Honourable Matutu.
Other senior party officials who attended the rally were provincialsecretary for information and publicity Harrison Mudzuri, Masvingo City Mayor Alderman Femius Chakabuda, MDC provincial chairlady Judith Muzhavazhi, William Mugunzva (Youth Organizing Secretary), Heya Shoko (Vice Secretary Masvingo Province and Provincial Organizing Secretary Earnest Mudavanhu).(ZimEye, Zimbabwe)