THE joint MDC and MDC-Renewal planned March rally has been switched to the much small Stanley Square, as White City Stadium is still closed for renovations.
The rally in March has been billed as the second launch, after the two parties merged late last year.
MDC-Renewal Bulawayo provincial spokesperson, Edwin Ndlovu, confirmed the development yesterday.
“I can confirm that the launch of UMDC on March 1, which was to be held at White City Stadium (Pelandaba), is now to be held at Stanley Square (Makokoba) due to the unavailability of the White City Stadium,” he said.
“We appreciate that the stadium was handed over to the government for the African Union Sports Council (AUSC) Region 5 Under-20 Youth Games in December (2014) and it has not been handed back to city council, hence its unavailability,” Ndlovu said.
He added that their preparations had been affected, but they were prepared for the launch.
“It’s true, our preparations have been affected, but we are now geared up and ready to fill Stanley Square,” he said.
“We are working closely with our colleagues in MDC green and March 1 will be a day to remember.
“Zimbabwe’s political landscape will change forever.”
In preparing for the games, a tartan track, electronic timing devices, a VIP arena and a giant monitoring screen were installed.
The government through the AUSC Region 5 Youth Games local organising committee is expected to hand over the facility to the council, although a date for this is yet to be announced.
MDC and MDC-Renewal signed a unification agreement and are now operating under the banner of United Movement for Democratic Change (UMDC).
According to the reunification roadmap, the two formations will submit lists of their respective structures to the national standing committee by February 28 2015.
A policy conference is earmarked for April, for an elective congress, which shall receive and adopt the reunification progress report and adopt the draft constitution.