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MDC pushes for action on talks

Itai Dzamara

THE Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) this week resolved to intensify pressure on the ruling Zanu PF party for the resumption of formal dialogue on the country’s crisis.

This emerged from MDC meetings held to discuss the way forward following the party’s convincing victory in recent council elections.

During the meetings, the MDC leadership agreed there was need to give priority to arresting the country’s economic decline.

Sources said the meetings dwelt on the need to guard against Zanu PF’s delaying tactics on the talks while at the same time the ruling party was telling regional leaders it was interested in dialogue.

“Leaders of the party made it clear to the president (Morgan Tsvangirai) that action was needed to force Zanu PF to the negotiating table,” said a source said.

“If nothing happens, it might call for mass action because the longer things stay like this the more people suffer.”

The MDC held a widely-observed stayaway in June. Tsvangirai has given Zanu PF an October 1 deadline to resume formal dialogue or face further mass action.

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