MDC hosts 8 year celebrations against dictatorship

HARARE - Masvingo, the ancient sity of Zimbabwean culture and politics, will on Saturday host the Movement for Democratic Change (MDC)' s celebrations of eight years of the people's unarmed combat against dictatorship.

MDC anti-senate spokesperson Nelson Chamisa said the party's

President Morgan Tsvangirai would lead the Liberation Team in celebration of the people’s collective spirit which is as solid as the granite used to build the Great Zimbabwe.

“On Saturday, 29 September 2007, we will look back with a mixture of happiness and tears to eight years of a dedicated people’s struggle for change. Eight years of fighting for a better life for all Zimbabweans. Eight years of fighting for food, jobs and medical drugs,” said Chamisa.

“Eight years of fighting for education and better health care for all. Indeed it has been eight years of scars and deaths at the hands of the regime.,” he said.

He said the MDC was a living testimony to the people’s undying spirit to liberate their country.

We are a determined people who have endured eight years of unstinting commitment in fighting for our country.

We have endured eight tough years of fighting for good governance.

“This week, as we celebrate the 8th anniversary of the MDC, we remember our fallen heroes whose blood has watered the seeds of the people’s struggle. Many have died, others have been raped, maimed or killed by a regime desperate to cling to power against the people’s will and mandate,” said Chamisa.

He said it has not been an easy road since the Working People’s Convention when the people of Zimbabwe decided to carve out their own destiny.

“The anniversary celebrations will provide the opportunity for the clarification and explanation of the party’s decision not to stand in the way of the passage of Constitutional Amendment No 18 in Parliament,” he said.

Chamisa said at the party’s last Congress in 2006, they set a roadmap whose key signposts included a democratic resistance programme that would culminate in dialogue with the regime as a way of unlocking and resolving the Zimbabwean crisis.

“The on-going SADC-brokered dialogue between Zanu PF and the MDC reflects an achievement of the goals we have set for ourselves. Let’s remain focused and steadfast on the objective of achieving conducive conditions for a free and fair election in 2008.” He said- CAJ News.

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