INTERVIEW Obey Manayiti
NEWLY-ELECTED MDC secretary-general Charlton Hwende says the Nelson Chamisa-led social gathering won’t ever break up once more as structural points which have been inflicting divisions have been addressed via constitutional amendments.
Hwende (CH) just lately spoke to RZP Weekender (NDW) senior reporter, Obey Manayiti about his imaginative and prescient for the social gathering and under are the excerpts:
NDW: You defied odds and clinched the secretary-general place, what are you able to attribute this to?
CH: I owe my victory to the collective knowledge of congress delegates and MDC members at massive, who appreciated my election manifesto, nominated and voted for me to be their servant chief within the workplace of the SG.
NDW: Because the SG, what are your quick duties?
CH: If you happen to fail to plan, then plan to fail. We have to do issues in a different way. We’ve a five-year mandate and my quick activity is to kickstart the method of creating a five-year results-based strategic plan, a blue-print which can outline our path to energy in direction of 2023 or earlier in addition to articulate the technical and administrative competencies required to realize our strategic goals.
Nestled within the five-year strategic plan are short-term milestones. These will embody a fast evaluation of the social gathering’s administrative efficiency within the final 5 years, focusing
totally on two questions: i) What’s working and why?, and, ii) What is just not working and why? Or what can we do in a different way?
This course of will assist us co-create a shared imaginative and prescient and plan of motion for the technical arm of the social gathering. We have to make strategic selections amongst competing priorities. And we are able to solely do that if we’ve a method and plan in place. We’re a studying motion.
NDW: What’s your view of the newly-elected crew? Do you suppose they’ve what it takes to ship in opposition to Zanu PF?
CH: We’ve a profitable crew, beneath the in a position management of a turn-around strategist, Advocate Chamisa. We’re a part of the answer holders to the deep-seated, multi-faceted disaster going through our motherland. Our previous efficiency in authorities is a public secret.
Our president was voted finest minister for his work within the ICT ministry; Honourable Tendai Biti is doubtless the all-time Finance minister to steer the Treasury; Senator David
Coltart did exceptionally nicely within the Main and Secondary Training portfolio; so did Professor Welshman Ncube within the Business and Commerce ministry and Honourable Paurina Mpariwa as Labour minister.
NDW: Your predecessors, save for Douglas Mwonzora, triggered splits within the social gathering — what was the reason for this and the way are you going to cope with it?
CH: We had a structural challenge, which has its roots within the labour motion, our mom. The founding MDC structure was closely influenced by the Zimbabwe Congress of Commerce Unions structure, which has a really highly effective workplace of secretary-general. This can be a norm in most labour actions.
We’ve addressed this structural challenge via constitutional amendments, which principally re-calibrated the steadiness of energy to replicate the political actuality, that the president is the top of our social gathering. Conflicts are inevitable. Along with the constitutional reforms, we’re additionally engaged on creating a sturdy battle administration and backbone framework, a systemic device to handle inner contradictions within the social gathering.
NDW: Critics say you’re very near social gathering chief Chamisa. With that closeness, would you be capable of perform your duties diligently and independently with out defending your relationship first?
CH: The workplace of the SG is a posh technical and administrative assemble with an institutional mandate to assist the president and the management collective to successfully flip the social gathering’s imaginative and prescient and mission right into a path to an influence programme of motion. I’ll flip my relationship with the president and the management collective right into a partnership to assist the social gathering proceed to win elections and, extra importantly, rework folks’s lives. Our persons are struggling and so they want options.
NDW: Are you additionally into any enterprise relationship with Chamisa, as some folks allege?
CH: I’m not in any enterprise relationship with president Chamisa.
NDW: There are additionally claims that you’re a divisive chief who makes use of soiled techniques, together with utilizing cash to battle your opponents, how do you reply to this?
CH: The challenges we face are larger than the smallness of our politics. That is the time to beat again the politics of worry and mudslinging, and concentrate on strengthening the social gathering, articulate our various coverage propositions, and consolidate the democratic worth system which manifested itself in the course of the just-ended elective congress.
NDW: Do you have got a plan for the dropping candidates?
CH: There aren’t any losers within the MDC. Within the MDC’s inner elections, it’s both you win otherwise you study. And, like I mentioned earlier than, we’re a studying organisation and studying platforms are many on this nice motion.
NDW: The place do you see the MDC within the subsequent two or three years?
CH: I see a excessive efficiency social gathering with superior technical competencies and administrative capability to assist president Chamisa and the social gathering ship on this founding imaginative and prescient of making a trendy democratic growth State in Zimbabwe.
NDW: The MDC has threatened demonstrations in opposition to President Emmerson Mnangagwa’s authorities, are you ready to steer from the entrance?
CH: We’ll at all times stand with the residents. We’re a folks’s social gathering.