MDC-Renewal on regional diplomatic offensive

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MDC-Renewal team top leadership is embarking on a regional diplomatic offensive, targeting liberation movements and post-liberation political parties in seven countries with the state of Zimbabwe’s economy high on the agenda.

Nqobile Bhebhe
Chief Reporter

This comes as the party is set to structure its branches in the Diaspora. Chairperson of the party’s international relations and Diaspora committee Gorden Moyo told the MDC-Renewal national working committee last week that the regional tour was meant to “appraise the region about the state of the economy in Zimbabwe”.

A team consisting of the leader of the guardian council Sekai Holland, chairman Sipepa Nkomo, secretary-general Tendai Biti, treasurer-general Elton Mangoma, Lucia Matibenga and Moyo will visit South Africa, Botswana, Namibia, Swaziland, Zambia, Angola and Malawi.

“The team hopes to appraise the region about the state of the economy in Zimbabwe,” Moyo said.

“More importantly, the regional leaders and institutions will be encouraged to press for the reforms identified by the Sadc and the African Union election observer missions in the July 2013 elections.”

He said the party’s structures in the Diaspora “have been advised to debate and contribute to the party’s social democracy ideological orientation, Pan-Africanist values, democratic developmental state aspirations, economic governance focus and pro-poor policies”.

This weekend, MDC-Renewal structures in South Africa, Botswana, Zambia, Mozambique, United States, United Kingdom, Australia and Canada will be completing their restructuring programme, Moyo said.

He said at the end of the month they would hold an “Orange Weekend”, where all Diaspora structures wold hold rallies to conscientise members and host countries about values and principles of the renewal political programme.

Diaspora structures have been urged to work towards reunification with the Welshman Ncube- led MDC.