MDC-T has resolved to form a Transitional Government
Today, the MDC's National Council met as we once again find ourselves at an
historic crossroads in our decade-long struggle for democracy. Throughout
this struggle, the MDC has been guided by the principles of democracy and by
the will of the people. This campaign is neither easy nor straightforward
and often we have had to change the fronts on which we wage the struggle in
response to changing circumstances and conditions.
The MDC was established to bring about change through the ballot box. This
we achieved despite overwhelming odds, culminating in our historic victories
in the March 29th Parliamentary, Presidential and local government
Then, the brutal campaign of violence unleashed against our supporters by
Zanu PF, forced us to withdraw from the June 27th event. Thus it became
obvious that we could no longer wage our struggle via the polling booth.
We looked to the region to support our position and the will of the people
by acknowledging the results of March 29th as the basis on which a new
government should be formed. Subsequently, we succeeded in forcing Zanu PF
to the negotiating table which became the new frontline in our quest for a
democratic Zimbabwe. It was for this reason that we signed the Global
Political Agreement on September 15th, 2008.
I know that you are very familiar with the events from that date. We in the
MDC have abided by the letter and spirit of both the Memorandum of
Understanding and the GPA. Sadly, Zanu PF was not the type of constructive
and positive partner that we envisaged when we signed the GPA and therefore,
the consummation of the agreement has been subject to unnecessary delays.
Nonetheless, we have consistently tabled our outstanding issues to SADC and
we have remained committed to finding a negotiated settlement to the
political crisis in Zimbabwe. This process culminated in the SADC summit on
Monday 26th January, where the Southern African leaders made the following
The parties shall endeavour to cause Parliament to pass the Constitutional
Amendment 19 by 5 February 2009.
The Prime Minister and the Deputy Prime Ministers shall be sworn in by 11
The Ministers and Deputy Ministers shall be sworn in on 13 February 2009,
which will conclude the process of the formation of the inclusive
The Joint-Monitoring and Implementation Committee (JOMIC), provided for in
the Global Political Agreement, shall be activated immediately. The first
meeting of JOMIC shall be convened by the facilitator on 30 January 2009 and
shall, among other things, elect the chairpersons;
The allocation of ministerial portfolios endorsed by the SADC Extraordinary
Summit held on 9 November 2008 shall be reviewed six (6) months after the
inauguration of the inclusive government.
The appointments of the Reserve Bank Governor and the Attorney General will
be dealt with by the inclusive government after its formation
The negotiators of the parties shall meet immediately to consider the
National Security Bill submitted by the MDC-T as well as the formula for the
distribution of governors: While we felt that these resolutions do not
represent an acknowledgement of all our issues, they do represent
significant concessions on the part of Zanu PF and a recognition by SADC
that our demands are justified as a first step towards a sustainable
solution to the Zimbabwe crisis.
Our National Council's meeting today was therefore convened to evaluate the
party's position in relation to the inclusive government. The concessions
made by Zanu PF incorporate four out of the five outstanding issues. These
four issues are the allocation of Provincial Governors, the National
Security Legislation, Constitutional Amendment 19 and the breaches to the
Global Political Agreement.
Thus, the parties have agreed on the sharing of Provincial Governors
portfolios and have already met to begin negotiations on the allocation
formula. Similarly, with regard to the National Security Legislation, the
negotiators have met to discuss the draft bill submitted by the MDC.
It is clear therefore that these two issues are subject to negotiation and
therefore constitute work in progress. It is hoped that the work in progress
will be concluded to the satisfaction of all the parties as soon as
The third issue relates to Constitutional Amendment 19. The MDC has insisted
that Constitutional Amendment 19 is enacted by parliament and signed into
law prior to the swearing in of the Prime Minister and this has been agreed
to by the parties as reflected in the SADC communique.
On the issue of the equitable allocation of ministerial portfolios, SADC
reiterated its position from November 9th, 2008 and expanded its commitment
to review the allocation of all ministries, not only Home Affairs, within
six months of an inclusive government being formed.
On the breaches to the GPA and the MOU, SADC resolved that the
Joint-Monitoring Implementation Committee (JOMIC), is established to review
and reverse these breaches. This committee comprises four members from
MDC-T, four members from MDC-M and four members from Zanu PF.
However, the MDC is concerned that the issue of the unwarranted and illegal
abductions and detentions of MDC members and other democratic activists
needs to be addressed as a matter of urgency and to this effect, the MDC
will ensure an end to the persecution of all Zimbabweans.
In light of these resolutions, todays's debate centred around two issues:
Firstly, what will allow us the best opportunity to continue to pursue our
goal of achieving a free, democratic Zimbabwe in line with the roadmap from
our Congress of March 2006? and;
Secondly, what is the best way of alleviating the suffering of the
Zimbabwean people, stabilising the economy and restoring and retaining some
semblance of a normal society?
Let us make no mistake, by joining an inclusive government, we are not
saying that this is a solution to the Zimbabwe crisis, instead our
participation signifies that we have chosen to continue the struggle for a
democratic Zimbabwe in a new arena. This agreement is a significant
milestone on our journey to democracy but it does not signify that we have
arrived at our destination - we are committed to establishing a democratic
Zimbabwe regardless of how long that struggle takes us.
We have the majority in parliament, we control all the main urban councils
and many rural councils, we will have control of 13 ministries and a
presence in the key decision-making bodies of the executive.
Throughout the course of our deliberations today we referred to, and were
guided by, the road map that we established for ourselves in March 2006,
namely - negotiations, a transitional authority, a people driven
constitution and fresh, free and fair elections.
In this respect, the National Council resolved that through joining an
inclusive government in line with the GPA and the SADC resolutions the party
will be able to achieve the following:
To move towards a new, democratic Zimbabwe by ensuring that a people-driven
constitution is crafted and adopted.
That this inclusive government will serve as a transitional authority
leading to free and fair elections.
The restoration of the people's freedoms through creating democratic space,
restoring the rule of law and basic human rights.
The stabilisation and rebuilding of the economy and the provision of all
essential services, in particular health care and education.
To maintain the principles of the working people's convention established in
To ensure that we begin a process of national healing and integration.
Therefore, in accordance with the party's constitution, the political
agreement we signed on September 15th 2008, and in the best interests of the
welfare of all Zimbabweans the MDC has resolved to form an inclusive
government with Zanu PF and MDC-M.
The success of this inclusive government is dependent on many factors
including the goodwill of the parties involved, the support of the people of
Zimbabwe and the continued engagement and vigilance of SADC, AU and the
broader international community in ensurinhg that all parties are bound by
the letter and spirit of the GPA and the commitments made at the last SADC
summit. In this respect, the party shall continue to monitor the
implementation of the agreement, in particular in shall assess and review
its position in the inclusive government after 6 months in line with the
Now is the time for us to put aside our political differences , to
prioritise the welfare of the people in both our policies and our actions
and to focus on stabilisation, development, progress and democratization. In
this I know that we have the support of the vast majority of Zimbabweans,
both in Zanu PF and the MDC, in the civil service,the workers and the
business community and we look forward to working with you to rebuild our
In conclusion, I would like to note that in this struggle we have not been
alone. I wish to acknowledge the commitment and perseverance of SADC to
finding a negotiated solution to the political crisis. In particular, we
have had the unwavering support of our regional allies who have stood by us
and our democratic ideals throughout this process and we are grateful for
We would like to acknowledge the support and solidarity that we have had
from trade unions, civil society and democratic peoples' and governments all
over the world. We appreciate this support and know that we could not have
come this far without them.
Most importantly of all, we have had the support of the people. A people who
have stood by their right to live in freedom, with access to jobs, health
care, education and prosperity in such a principled and peaceful manner.
I would like to appeal to all these forces to continue to support us in
whatever decision we take because the struggle is not over, our commitment
is not lessened, our vision is not dulled and our resolve has not been
We will deliver a New Zimbabwe to the people.
The struggle continues.
I thank you
** Morgan Tsvangirai's statement on the Resolutions of the Party's National
Council Meeting at Harvest House was circulated by Press Release on 30