By Staff Reporter
Harare, April 18, 2016 – ZIMBABWE’S opposition parties this weekend buried their differences and put up a united front in condemning misrule by the current Zanu PF led government in a joint Independence Day message to Zimbabweans.
Zimbabwe marks 36 years of independence from white rule this Monday with Zanu PF opponents accusing the ruling party of running down the once prosperous country through a combination of corruption, populist but disastrous policies and downright incompetence.
In their joint message, the parties, led by the main opposition MDC-T party and its break away parties, the MDC led by Professor Welshman Ncube and Tendai Biti’s PDP, pledged to work together in restoring the country to its former glory.
“We the democratic opposition political parties on this our Independence Day pledge to the people of Zimbabwe our commitment to work together with the people to find collective and common solutions to restore our national economy; deliver secure land rights to our people; restore the country’s status as the bread basket of Africa…,” said the parties.
The other parties involved in the statement are African Democratic Party (ADP), the Democratic Assembly for Restoration and Empowerment (DARE), NCA, ZAPU, Zimbabweans United for Democracy (ZUNDE) and the Renewal Democrats of Zimbabwe (RDZ).
It is the first time in the country’s recent history that competing opposition parties have come together to issue a statement on a single cause.
The collective stance by the country’s mainstream opposition gives impetus to growing calls for a united opposition front to confront Zanu PF in the 2018 polls.
In their statement, the parties also pledged to end corruption, restore food security and the rule of law, among other pillars of a healthy society which the current Zanu PF led government has been accused of denying citizens.
The parties also pledged to “…end to corruption; restore the dignity of the people and respect for their fundamental freedoms, liberties and rights underpinned by unqualified respect for the rule of law, justice and equality of all citizens; restore business ethics; food security; attract new investment and capital; create secure jobs; rehabilitate national infrastructure; provide basic services and effective social safety nets…”
Zimbabwe’s opposition also promised to “secure the rights of working people against all forms of exploitation; genuine empowerment of all citizens and full restoration of democratic governance beginning with the implementation of electoral reforms which will ensure that in every election the true will of the people prevails”.
“We the said democratic opposition parties of Zimbabwe, in wishing all Zimbabweans a memorable commemoration of the 36th Independence anniversary commit ourselves to work together tirelessly to secure for our people the values and principles of the liberation struggle which must be the foundation of a prosperous Zimbabwe.”