President Morgan Tsvangirai who is also the Prime Minister of the Republic of Zimbabwe has said 2013 will be a year of economic, social and political reforms.
Addressing Midlands North Provincial leadership at Torwood hall in Kwekwe the President said the performance of the transitional government indeed put the people of Zimbabwe first by responding to the issues of education, health and water.
"The positive note was only inspired by realising that there is a greater advantage in working as a team, than trying to undermine each other and sabotaging development in the countryIf one takes a balance sheet one will see that the MDC in government addressed a lot of critical issues that were bedevilling the nation, and it managed to bring about positive changes such as food on the table, good health delivery, improve education and commitment in stabilising the economy though other social indicators that have been negative".
Zanu PF is now at its weakest and is characterised by endless squabbles.
The President said the next election is going to be won by a party that best articulates people's issues and the MDC has brought about positive change for the people since getting into the Government of National Unity in 2009 and will do even more once it gets into power after winning in next year's watershed elections.
President Tsvangirai said the party's economic policy that was recently launched, JUICE, is a key to one million jobs, "We need to create jobs for the people and reduce the 80% unemployment rate. Most of the country's youth are roaming the streets".
He placed emphasis on the process required that will allow for an election which is legitimate and acceptable to Zimbabweans, Regional and International bodies. He noted that the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission remains staffed with a partisan secretariat that cannot be trusted to conduct a free, fair and credible election. He said Mugabe should demonstrate his commitment to non-violence, to ensure that there is peace prevailing in the nation, before, during and after the elections.
Deputy Prime Minister Hon Thokozani Khupe concurred with President Tsvangirai that the MDC in the inclusive government has proved that the party has the ability to bring sanity in the country.
MDC's record in the GNU shows that when the party gets into government on its own, the leadership has the potential to bring about political, social and economic sanity in Zimbabwe added Hon Thokozani Khupe.
When the MDC becomes the legitimate democratic government its intention is to restore economic fundamentals, rule of law and restore human and political rights.
Deputy National Chairman Morgen Komichi said the MDC family should remain united and use the unity as a weapon to overcome the enemy. Hon Komichi urged the MDC members to remain steadfast and resilient and never give up as the country is in the last mile towards real transformation.
"God is with us and leading us to Canaan, lets fight together until victory is ours," said Hon Komichi.
Minister of Finance Hon Tendai Biti castigated Zanu PF for plundering and looting resources from ZISCO (New Zim). ZISCO was destroyed by Zanu PF who poorly managed the company which was the backbone for steel making in Zimbabwe.
MDC's priority is basically to rebuild the production sector, and inject more capital to revive the company which is an open door to Foreign Direct Investment.
Hon Biti said the issue of non payment of ZISCO workers for more than 6 months is a critical issue that can be addressed once the company starts to function. New Zimbabwe should be awarded a licence for operation and do away with 51% because it is driving away investors.
He emphasised the need for transparency in the accounting of diamond revenue from Marange. If revenue from diamond sales was accounted for, the government would have sufficient resources to respond to the country's financial demands.
Provincial Chairman Hon Costin Muguti assured President Tsvangirai that Midlands North Province is committed to working tirelessly to deliver real change to the people in the community.
The event was attended by National Organising Secretary Hon Nelson Chamisa, Deputy Organising Secretary Abedinico Bhebe, Deputy Secretary General Hon Tapiwa Mashakada, National Executive Members, Provincial Members, District Members, MPs , and councillors.