Jacob Ngarivhume, one of the leading principals in the MDC-Alliance and leader of Transform Zimbabwe (TZ) says his party will use this weekend’s congress to ratify its position in the broader opposition coalition and progress made thus far.
According to Ngarivhume, the Elective Congress will usher in a new leadership for the party with more than 2500 party supporters expected to attend.
“At Congress, we launch our policy document and Manifesto. We will elect new National Executive members. We will also ratify our position in the MDC Alliance and review progress made so far.
“TZ performed very well in the by-elections since 2013. We witnessed firsthand the ZANU PF rigging machinery. We then started to work with other parties in NERA to demand reforms and forced BVR (Bio-metric Voter Registration) on ZANU PF,” Ngarivhume told party supporters in Epworth yesterday.
There have been reports that all is not well in the biggest opposition coalition as some small parties feel hard done by the MDC-T party which allocated itself ‘easier to win’ constituencies in the run-up to the election.
Intra-party violence within the Nelson Chamisa led MDC-T has also threatened to derail the Alliance with reports indicating that the youthful charismatic leader was told to put his house in order before the alliance collapses.
Meanwhile, Ngarivhume took a swipe at President Emmerson Mnangagwa whom he accused of failing to find a solution to the country’s economic woes.
He said his party, through the MDC Alliance, will correct the wrongs instigated by Mnangagwa and former President Robert Mugabe.
“Zimbabwe is endowed with natural resources and human capital but its failure has been the failure of leadership. Gamba harina charinounza because this is the same man who has been the centre and pivot of all our problems from Gukurahundi to the November 2017 coup.
“A leadership that that is disconnected from God cannot develop this nation. They have failed to deal with corruption and now they are recycling the same old criminals and thieves like Obert Mpofu.
“We supported the army to get rid of Mugabe who was our common enemy but that does not make the military intervention legal. We now have the chance to correct this come election time,” said Ngarivhume.
Critics accuse Mnangagwa of failing to turnaround the fortunes of the country since he took over the reigns on November 24 last year.