B’ham welcomes MDC team

BIRMINGHAM - Fresh from their ordeal in Zambia, MDC chairman Isaac Matongo, youth chairman Nelson Chamisa, and Makokoba MP Thokozane Khupe had Ladywood Arts and Recreation Centre here buzzing with MDC songs as they were welcomed by enthusiastic supporters wanting to know more about what was going on at home.

Matongo declared that the party was ready to finish the struggle for democracy, which had been started by Zimbabwe’s freedom fighters, who never asked each other whether they were Ndebele or Shona. “We are ready to take the bull by the horns as a united people,” he said referring to the current situation where some members have broken away to form a splinter party, which many see as being tribally based. “When you see the enemy newspapers, like the Herald, devoting positive coverage to you, then you know you have sold out,” he said referring to rebel MDC members who have been reported saying he and his delegation were not welcome in the UK. And the 300 members who welcomed him proved not only that he was welcome, but how out of touch the former members were.

“Their abuse of our party cards is now coming to an end, once we have put in these measures with the British authorities,” he said. Chamisa told the meeting that a stakeholders meeting scheduled for February 25 would will bring together students, farmers, church members and workers, and he would continue at the congress. The delegation left the UK for America where they were scheduled to address a meeting in Philadelphia on Saturday. Local coordinator Nicholas Mada urged Zimbabweans to attend saying the meeting was a good opportunity for those in the diaspora to help the leadership back home ‘to transform our families to a meaningful society that will be fully based on a vision of compassion and human respect’.

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