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15/02/2017 00:00:00
by Staff reporter
 
 
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THE People’s Democratic Party (PDP) led by Tendai Biti will on Thursday finally “join other democratic forces” in officially signing the Coalition of Democrats (CODE) agreement.

The historic event will take place in Harare’s Anglican Cathedral of Saint Mary’s and All Saints Church at the corner of Nelson Mandela and Second Street avenues.

In a statement released Wednesday, PDP said, “As a party, the PDP is pleased to join other democratic forces that are truly committed in bringing democratic change and hope to the long suffering people of Zimbabwe.”

In signing CODE, the PDP will also be fulfilling its Mandel resolution of 2014, where it was agreed that the party should join other like-minded organisations to help move the country forward and remove the “dictatorship” of the Zanu PF regime and President Robert Mugabe.

“We are also guided by the resolutions of the 2015 PDP Convention, where the delegates at the party’s First Congress urged the party to unite with other democratic forces in ensuring that Zimbabweans have a better future.

“Our fundamental strength in winning the 2018 elections, lies in all political parties, students, churches, workers, business, vendors, youths, women and the unemployed coming together and forming a grand coalition of democrats,” read part of the statement.

Biti will be accompanied to the signing ceremony by senior party officials including Vice President, Kucaca Phulu, National Chairperson, Lucia Matibenga, and Secretary General Gorden Moyo, provincial leaders and PDP officials from all the provinces. 

Other CODE leaders including presidents Welshman Ncube (MDC), Farai Mbira (Zunde), Simba Makoni (Mavambo), and Dumiso Dabengwa (Zapu) among others are also expected to grace the occasion.

The troubled Zimbabwe People First (ZPF) will not be part of the event as its leader, Joice Mujuru has indicated the decision to join CODE will be finalised by a Congress to be held sometime this year.



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