The (MDC-T) last held its congress in 2006 and the party is expected to re-elect Tsvangirai as its President.
The theme of the congress is – “United, Winning – The People’s Covenant to Real Change”.
The party holds its rally in its strong hold area, Bulawayo, as elections for Zimbabwe are likely to be held later this year or after the constitution making process.
Organising secretary for the MDC-T, Elias Mudzuri announced the congress dates at a press conference held at Harvest House, the party’s headquarters.
He read out the code of conduct for the elections to journalists.
“The MDC’s 3rd National Congress has been set for 30 April to 1 May in Bulawayo,Kenyan Prime Minister Raila Odinga is expected to be the guest of
honour at the Congress.
Other political parties from across Africa, international socialist and labour organisations are expected to attend,” said Mudzuri.
“The theme has been chosen because the MDC is a Party of Excellence that has been winning elections and fighting to bring real change to the people of Zimbabwe.We
are not going to accept vote buying, violence, defamation, intimidation, tribalism, nepotism and other misdemeanours,” he said.
Mudzuri said the MDC had set gender equality as a priority to ensure that competent female leadership is elected at every level of the party.
He said provincial elections will be held this weekend in the following provinces; Chitungwiza, Midlands North, Mashonaland West, Masvingo and Harare.
Next weekend the elections will be held in Mashonaland Central, Midlands South, Bulawayo, Manicaland, Matebeleland North, Mashonaland East and Matebeleland
Odinga became Kenya’s Prime Minister in the country’s powersharing government with Mwai Kibaki in 2007 in polls that were marred with violence.
Tsvangirai and Odinga represent political leaders diffferent from the ruling parties that brought independence.
Odinga and Tsvangirai have sided with each other on the politics in Africa and in the global village.They have castigated the culture by the Africa Union and Southern African Development Community of
creating coalition governments that are based on some ‘revolutionary’ leaders who lose elections and remain in power.