Diaspora feedback ‘vital’ – MDC

LONDON - The visiting MDC delegation from Harare has been overwhelmed by the spirit of rejuvenation among members in the UK, the party spokesman Nelson Chamisa told The Zimbabwean this week. "We came here to brief our supporters and to hear their views. We told them that the electoral route in Zimbabwe has now been blocked. We have been cheated several times at elections," he said.

The party was convinced that popular sentiment, at home and abroad, was that the opposition’s participation in elections should be abandoned. “We must find an alternative route. What we need is a return to legitimacy,” said Chamisa. The visit to the UK and the USA by the three executives had been embarked upon in order to get vital feedback from the diaspora, he said. “We need the support of the external structures. We have been impressed at how resilient they are. We find that they are committed to the struggle. We have agreed on certain constitutional amendments to make the MDC more effective.” Chamisa said all those concerned had pledged to work towards better coordination between the party at home and abroad. In order to further facilitat this, the branches in the diaspora would be sending delegates home to attend the party’s forthcoming congress.

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