18 January 2013

Zimbabwe: Friday, 18 January 2013 - Issue 502

press release

The MDC Youth Assembly's National Council had its first meeting of the year today at the party's headquarters, Harvest House in Harare and came up with a number of resolutions. They expressed satisfaction with the historic breakthrough in the Constitution-making process. Because of this breakthrough, the Assembly resolved to intensify and redouble its efforts towards election preparedness.

Elections are expected to be held this year.

The principals in the inclusive government met in Harare yesterday and resolved all outstanding issues that had stalled the Constitution-making process, paving way for the completion of the new national charter.

President Morgan Tsvangirai, Robert Mugabe of Zanu PF and Welshman Ncube received a report from the Cabinet committee tasked with resolving contentious issues. President Tsvangirai said the agreement was a defining moment for Zimbabwe.

"I would like to confirm that we have reached a defining moment. I am sure that the people's patience had been tested . . . but I am glad to say this concludes a long journey," he said. President Tsvangirai said he hoped the new Constitution would last for posterity. "A Constitution is a social contract of the people, it is not about individuals and I am sure that this document will be a living document that will represent the aspirations of the people of Zimbabwe," he said.

Also in their resolutions of today, the Youth Assembly said it was disturbed by the continued illegal detention of the five members and persecution of all the 31 MDC members who are facing false charges of murdering a police officer in Glen View, Harare in 2011.

The Assembly resolved to continue with the; "Free Solomon Madzore And Others Campaign" by calling for the speedy conclusion of the case. They also called for the unconditional and immediate release of the five members who are in remand prison at the Chikurubi Maximum Security Prison.

The five are; Last Maengahama, a member of the MDC National Executive, Tungamirai Madzokere, a councillor in Harare, Simon Mapanzure, Yvonne Musarurwa and Rebecca Mafikeni and they have been in remand prison for 20 months.

Meanwhile, supporters of the three political parties in the Global Political Agreement (GPA) this week held a cleanup campaign exercise organised by the Joint Monitoring and Implementation Committee (Jomic) at Howard Mission in Chiweshe, Mashonaland Central province.

Costa Machingauta, a senior MDC official seconded by the party to Jomic, said hundreds of supporters from the different parties were joined by the local community and staff members at the hospital in the cleanup campaign. Machingauta said the campaign was meant to bring awareness to the local Chiweshe community on the negative effects of engaging in political violence.

After Zanu PF and its leader, Mugabe were defeated in the March 2008 polls by the MDC, the Chiweshe community was hard hit by political violence in 2008 when violent Zanu PF psychopaths with the backing of State agents went on a rampage killing, attacking and raping innocent civilians. Hundreds of MDC members were murdered in the area.

Although similar disturbances were recorded across the country, members of the party have stood resolute in their quest for total and real transformation. After the clean up exercise, the supporters moved to Bindura in the same province where they played social soccer which was attended by hundreds of residents in the town.

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