For the first time in the political history of post-independence Zimbabwe, the MDC presented the most lethal and formidable opposition to the former revolutionary party, Zanu (PF). A short 10 years after its formation, the party has re-defined the countrys political architecture -bringing along with it a refreshing aura of dynamism that can only make others green with envy.
The allegation that the MDC does not have a concrete ideology is a myth. The bedrock of the MDC ideology is social democracy. The mis-informed have shamelessly tried to portray the MDC as a party made up of contradicting social classes and interests. This argument is fallacious as there can never be homogeneity in any political grouping.
By its very nature, society is composed of different and in some cases, antagonistic, social classes. Basically, the MDC is a party for the downtrodden working class, the hugely under-estimated youth and students, and the poor peasants in the villages and small farms.
The MDC derives its legitimacy from the majority of people in Zimbabwe who now appreciate that we cannot feast on the past without engaging the future and seeking to positively influence the manner in which the country is governed.
As a popular movement of the toiling masses, the MDC is, inevitably, targeted for demonisation by those elements of society, few in number as they are, who are desperate to stop the wave of change and who are hell-bent on clinging onto their ill-gotten loot. You can rest be assured that this group of people will fight against change; to the bitterest end.
To them, change means a return to normalcy; to a situation where people will get rich through honest hard work, instead of through patronage and corruption. These people are anti-work. They have grown fat on a diet of profligacy, patronage, nepotism and corruption. They suffer from a debilitating deficit of honesty, decency and integrity.
The MDC is not a party of puppets. We are patriotic and hardworking. We have entered into politics in order to save our beloved motherland from the path of gloom and doom that Zanu (PF) has set itself to walk along. We will continue to strive peacefully for the people’s right to achieve real positive change in their lives. The MDC is not about to disintegrate.
Those few people who still believe Zanu (PF)’s stale propaganda to the effect that the MDC is faction-ridden will believe anything. They will get the shock of their lives come next election time. While Zanu (PF) is busy believing its crude propaganda cobbled up by the thoroughly discredited Zimpapers and the ZBC, the MDC is quietly at work – mobilising popular support .
While Zanu (PF) uses intimidation, threats and violence to get people’s support, the MDC uses a charm offensive. We know what the people want. We do not have to whip them into line; neither do we have to rape them and torture them to make them support the people’s movement. We talk the people’s language; we mix with them and we identify with them.
We are acutely aware of the fact that Zanu (PF) is terminally ill and that nothing will save that moribund and faction-ridden party from total electoral annihilation come next election. We are getting stronger and more united each and every day. We are loyal to the people; we are loyal to our leadership and most of all; we are loyal to our conscience.Post published in: Opinions