Douglas Mwonzora’s MDC-T has admitted freedom and prosperity under President Emmerson Mnangagwa’s administration remains elusive.
In a message announcing the party’s planned 22nd anniversary celebrations slated for this Sunday, party spokesperson Witness Dube said “the struggle for freedom, equality and democracy has cost the people of Zimbabwe their precious lives and property in search for everlasting prosperity which to this day is still elusive”.
He added, “Zimbabweans deserve better, for a long time they longed to live in a peaceful, stable, prosperous and democratic country.”
The apparently dismissive sentiments towards the long-serving Zanu PF administration by the MDC-T could be a surprise departure from the party’s perceivably soft stance towards the country’s under-fire governors.
MDC-T has often come under criticism from its rival MDC Alliance faction led by Nelson Chamisa for allegedly abandoning the main opposition’s tough stance towards the Zanu PF led authority.
Mwonzora favours a more measured approach to opposition politics, something often viewed as an attempt to repay President Mnangagwa the favours perceivably advanced to the opposition senator when his faction battled for control of the MDC with Chamisa’s party.
Meanwhile, the party has slated its anniversary event for Morgan Richard Tsvangirai House (formerly Harvest House) where a handful guests and the media are set to be invited.
The party said this is in keeping with the country’s Covid-19 regulations which prohibit large gatherings.
MDC was formed 11 September 1999 before later splitting into different factions because of some leadership differences.