MDC: beyond congressional politics – bulawayo24 news
The 2019 National Elective Congress of the Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) has passed. Among many other things, the main achievements of the congress were to unite the party closer to its founding position of 1999 in terms of diversity of leadership, logo and symbols.
While the issue of multiple vice-presidents remains thorny inside and outside the party, the current trio posses the kind of diversity that, if seen for what it is and deployed accordingly, can propel the party into an insurmountable giant in no time. Without establishing itself as a new center of power, the MDC vice-presidency has the potential to help the party win new rural votes, maintain its urban base, provide outstanding services to local government, reinvigorate the debate within the legislature, to give direction and dominance. national dialogue and above all win the next elections. With Professor Welshman Ncube, Lynette Karenyi-Kore and Tendai Biti by his side, President Chamisa must feel relieved from the burden of reflection. His key role must be to travel across Zimbabwe to charm the masses with his charisma and articulate a well-defined vision of the party.
First of all, Vice President Lynette Karenyi-Kore has two critical elements in her biography that none of all the directly elected leaders have. She won parliamentary elections in rural Zimbabwe, having won Chipinge West in 2008 and becoming a Mutare city councilor from 2003-2008, she has experience in local governance. To rectify the situation of the party, it is vital that it begins to provide remarkable services in the twenty-eight (28) local communities that it controls, but also that it penetrates the rural areas and installs many strongholds there. . A vice president who has experience in local government and who has won parliamentary elections in rural areas thus becomes a very plausible decision and choice of congress delegates. A local government internal review committee made up of former MDC mayors and deputy mayors Elias Mudzuri, Japhet Ndabeni Ncube, Sesel Zvidzai, Thandeko Zinti Mnkandhla, Philemon Lamola, Angilacala Ndlovu and others could be icing on the cake for Vice President Kore and whoever will be appointed secretary of local government.
As the MDC focuses on delivering services at the local government level and expanding its electoral base to rural areas, it will be important not to do so at the expense of central government control and the preservation of its strongholds. urban. Urban voters form the bulk of the labor force and hence the bulk of taxpayers while rural voters form the bulk of the general electorate. Thus, winning new constituencies in rural areas is as important as defending traditional support bases in urban areas. Achieving that will mean a departure from the herd mentality of having every party leader traveling with the president. As Vice President Kore sets the stage for President Chamisa to lead a rural blitz, the party’s urban strongholds must be kept alive as highly disciplined, well-coordinated and non-factious resistance forts against General Constantine’s regime. Chiwenga and Emerson Mnangagwa. Supporting the party’s urban base and igniting the flames of civil disobedience and organized mass resistance could thus be the first key role assigned and shared city by city between Welsh Vice Presidents Ncube and Tendai Biti. These two men are known for their long history of tolerance, complementarity and mutual aid in the political field.
Second, the MDC must bring back the days of vigorous debate in Parliament. When the MDC first entered parliament in June 2000, it was outnumbered by ZANU PF, but its troop of founding lawmakers like Tafadzwa Musekiwa, Learnmore Jongwe, Paul Themba Nyathi, Job Sikhala, Abednico Malinga, Edwin Mushoriwa , Welshman Ncube, Tendai Biti, Paurina Mpariwa, Trudy Stevenson, Fletcher Dulini Ncube and Gibson Sibanda, among others, have succeeded in eclipsing ZANU PF in terms of subject matter and mode of debate. The party must now appoint a vice president to be specifically in charge of the party in the legislature and there is no better person than Tendai Biti. He is vice-president, he is in Parliament, and his ability to debate and to create a debate team is simply beyond dispute. What is missing is President Chamisa’s mission.
Third, with Welshman Ncube as the duly elected vice president of the MDC, the party can now put more emphasis on the need for a national dialogue knowing full well that it has within it a chief negotiator who can provide the charm and the contents of the meeting room which are missing in the ongoing collective monologue rehearsed by ZANU PF. This collective monologue must be transformed into dialogue and the MDC has what it takes to do it. Partying is actually the missing ingredient in the process. Professor Ncube can not only provide immediate assistance to President Chamisa and the party in national and international dialogue exercises, but he is also known for his great administrative skills which can help boost internal party systems for the massive fight to to come. His oversight of the political secretariat and the treasury could continue to be of immense benefit to the party.
In summary, a matrix that deploys Vice President Kore to lead the party program in local government while Vice President Biti leads it in national government and Vice President Ncube leads the program outside the party government could be a key step in the rebranding and repositioning of MDC. He could make the most of the otherwise heavy question of three vice-presidents.
The other department of the party which has a colossal task is the Presidency. Thabitha Khumalo was duly elected national president of the MDC and she will be replaced by Job Sikhala. Article 9.3.1 of the MDC statutes defines the role of this office. The two most critical roles are that of leading the National Elections Directorate and resolving disputes and conflicts between party members, party structures and party organs. The MDC has just left Congress, and along the way, many executives have injured each other physically, emotionally and financially. In such circumstances, the victors often lack magnanimity while the vanquished often form long-term associations of injured lions. Unless Khumalo and Sikhala devise ways to heal these wounds, these cadres will spend the next five (5) years threatening, undermining and sabotaging each other. In addition, the double candidacy is something which has been the proof of a non-functioning electoral leadership. This has cost the MDC dozens of seats and constituencies since 2008. Thus, the existence or absence of dual candidates will be the most important measure of the success of the new electoral leadership.
(In the second part we will look at the administrative positions of secretary general and treasurer general. As Vladimir Lenin once reflected, we will discuss what needs to be done? By these departments).
Dadirai Chivimbiso Bvute is a member of the MDC. She enjoys watching Amos Chibaya dance, Morgen Komichi sing and Tendai Biti talk. She thinks Tracy Mutinhiri is an amazing woman. She writes in a personal capacity
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