17 May 2013

Zimbabwe: MDC-T Launches 'Promising' Transformation Plan

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MDC-T supporters at a recent rally in Harare.

The MDC led by Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai on Friday launched its plans for transforming Zimbabwe, plans which have been described as "promising."

Tsvangirai on Friday officially opened his party's 8th policy conference in Harare, a three day event that will set the tone for his and his party's election campaign this year. The theme for the conference is: "Towards Real Transformation", a theme that includes job creation, infrastructure development and social service delivery.

Speaking at the opening of the event, Tsvangirai said the timing of the conference, so soon after the adoption of a new national constitution, is important and a "moment to cherish."

"This policy conference shows that we have not just a vision, but a plan and programme to transform the country, its economic policies and the government's relationship with the citizens," Tsvangirai said.

Calling it "revolutionary and transformative", Tsvangirai said the plan is meant "to address the many ills that we have faced as a people."

The plan of action, called the "Agenda for Real Transformation" (or ART policy), is centered on job creation and achieving national 'happiness'. The MDC-T, using its new policy and its JUICE job creation plan, hopes to set in motion the creation of one million jobs in the next five years. The party said it would also flesh out its "social policy on decent education, health, housing, ICT, capacity utilisation and empowerment."

The policy will be discussed and debated during the conference this weekend. But according to SW Radio Africa's correspondent Lionel Saungweme, it is unlikely there will be any complaints.

"This is a promising policy and I do think it will usher in real change," Saungweme said.

The conference ends on Sunday.

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