MDC's first of many celebratory rallies

tsvangirai_speach.jpgPrime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai
HARARE - Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai is set to have an emotional public reunion with his supporters this weekend at Mkoba Stadium in Gweru. It is the party's first in a series of countrywide 10th an

The MDC president, sworn-in as Zimbabwe’s Prime Minister last week,
will present a keynote address. Celebrations are scheduled in one of
the 12 MDC provinces every month until September, according to
spokesman Nelson Chamisa.

The MDC has achieved a historic milestone in its 10 years of
existence. This is a time for the party to take stock of its
achievements and mourn its fallen heroes. The 10th anniversary comes
hard on the heels of the party's victory in Parliament on August 25
when chairman, Lovemore Moyo, was elected Speaker of Parliament, said
Chamisa.

The anniversary will also provide an occasion for the much-belated
celebration of the MDC's victory in Parliament on March 29 as well as
Tsvangirai's own victory over Mugabe on the same day and his subsequent
elevation to the position of Prime Minister after a "painful
compromise."

MDC officials expect thousands of Zimbabweans to throng Mkoba Stadium
to celebrate the anniversary under the theme: "Together to the end;
celebrating the people's victory."

The MDC was launched on September 11, 1999 at a colourful ceremony
attended by representatives of the workers' movement, church
organisations, the student movement and other civic partners. The MDC
has become the new ruling party by virtue of its slim but crucial
parliamentary majority; its position being boosted by the support of
the 10 Mutambara MPs as happened on August 25.

"We are a party of excellence," said Chamisa. "As we celebrate our 10th
anniversary this year, we know our national obligations and
responsibilities. We have no doubt that the people's project is firmly
on course. We shall forever walk together."

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