RESOLUTIONS OF THE 8th MDC NATIONAL COUNCIL OF 2008
Kadoma, 12 December 2008
NOTING the serious meltdown, poverty, suffering and the complete failure by the Zimbabwean State to provide basic social amenities to its people and to protect the lives and security of all Zimbabweans,
CONCERNED with the implosion of the cholera epidemic in the country and the thousands of people who are dying and suffering from the same,
DISTURBED by the indifferent and casual approach by the Mugabe regime to the cholera disease and more importantly, alarmed by Mugabe’s irresponsible and false remarks regarding the containment of cholera made on the 11th of December 2008,
DISTURBED by the hunger and shortages in the country and the extent of the humongous humanitarian crisis,
ALARMED by the massive crackdown on the people and the people’s rights by the Mugabe regime, the violations of Court Orders and continued abductions of Zimbabweans all over the country,
FURTHER ANGERED by the continued assaults on MDC structures and the deliberate and violent decimation of the same by Zanu PF militia,
AWARE of the Mugabe regime’s shenanigans in creating false documents and videos incriminating the MDC on the basis of a hatched-up plot, wherein the Party is alleged to be training insurgencies in Botswana,
REPULSED by the unlawful detention and abduction of our Party activists in particular Concillia Chinanzvavana; Emmanuel Chinanzvavana; Fidelis Chiramba; Fanwell Tembo; Terry Musona; Lloyd Tarumbwa; Violet Mupfuranhehwe and her two year old baby; Collen Mutemagawo; Pieat Kaseke; Gwenzi Kahiya; Tawanda Bvumo; Agrippa Kakonda; Larry Gaka; Mapfumo Garutsa; Gandhi Mudzingwa; and Christopher Dhlamini,
FURTHER REPULSED by the abductions and extra-legal actions taken against Jestina Mukoko and other members of the Zimbabwe Peace Project,
NOTING the directionless, lack of structure and the stalled nature of the (SADC) dialogue, the clear lack of paradigm shift and sincerity on the part of Zanu PF and its continued pursuit of the power retention agenda,
FURTHER CONCERNED by Zanu PF’s fundamental breach of the MoU and the GPA as reflected in the reappointment of RBZ Governor, Gideon Gono, the appointment of Provincial Governors, the convening of Parliament, violence against the people, proscription of the MDC’s political movement and violent crackdown on the MDC and the promotion of police and army officers,
DISTURBED by the partisanship and lack of objectivity of the dialogue Facilitator, Mr. Thabo Mbeki, and
CONCERNED by the non-sitting of Parliament and the continued harassment and attacks on Members of Parliament,
TAKING NOTE of the peaceful and successful election held by the gallant people of Ghana on the 7th of December 2008,
The Council Resolves that:
1. The United Nations, the international community, Africa and SADC, under the United Nations’ responsibility to protect, must address the issue of cholera and intervene to render humanitarian assistance to deal with the breakdown in the health sector and lack of food in Zimbabwe,
2. The Mugabe regime and its militia must forthwith release all abducted and kidnapped people including and in particular, Concillia Chinanzvavana; Emmanuel Chinanzvavana; Fidelis Chiramba; Fanwell Tembo; Terry Musona; Lloyd Tarumbwa; Violet Mupfuranhehwe and her two year old baby; Collen Mutemagawo; Pieat Kaseke; Gwenzi Kahiya; Tawanda Bvumo; Agrippa Kakonda; Larry Gaka; Mapfumo Garutsa; Gandhi Mudzingwa; Chris Dhlamini; Jestina Mukoko and members of the Zimbabwe Peace Project,
3. The Mugabe regime must allow the lawful and free movement of humanitarian assistance in Zimbabwe and must cease the unlawful interference and hindrance of lawful humanitarian work by humanitarian agencies,
4. The Party remains committed to the SADC dialogue but demands a definitive resolution of the same, in the shortest time possible,
5. The Party reiterates that it will not be part of a government of national unity unless and until there is an amicable settlement on the outstanding issues of;
a. Equitability and fairness in the allocation of ministerial portfolios and Provincial Governors
b. The Constitution and composition of the National Security Council.
c. The enactment of Constitutional Amendment No. 19.
6. Mr. Thabo Mbeki be recused as Facilitator in the SADC Dialogue,
7. The Party demands the reversal of all unlawful executive decisions done in breach of the MoU and the GPA,
8. The Party restates, out of an abundance of caution and out of emphasis Resolutions No. 5; 6; 7; 10 and 11 of the 14th of November National Council meeting, which read as follows:
5. Notes that there was a sham election on the 27th of June 2008 and therefore neither Robert Mugabe nor Zanu PF have the legitimacy of forming any government or running this country in the absence of the consummation of the GPA, the enactment of Constitutional Amendment No. 19 and the resolution of all other outstanding issues. In addition, the SADC resolution of the 9th of November does not bestow any right on Robert Mugabe or Zanu PF of forming any government or inviting any Party to joining that government.
6. The longer that this crisis remains outstanding, then the obligation on SADC, AU and the people of Zimbabwe that a transitional authority be instituted pending the enactment of a new people driven constitution and the holding of elections under African and international supervision.
7. In the event of an illegitimate government being unilaterally formed, the MDC will not be part to the same and will peacefully, constitutionally and democratically mobilize and campaign against the illegitimate government.
10. Parliament must be convened as a matter of urgency to carry out its normal business of overseeing the Executive.
11. Ignatius Chombo and the Zanu PF authorities desist from obstructing and interfering with the work of Local Authorities.
9. The MDC congratulates the people of Ghana for an exemplary and democratic election and trusts that the run-off shall also be free, fair and peaceful.