Movement for Democratic Change

The MDC is the opposition political party in Zimbabwe led by Morgan Tsvangirai.
The party has its roots in Zimbabwe's labour movement. MDC is backed by businesses, churches, womens' organisations, students, human rights and civic groups, the impoverished rural population and the urban poor.

Some five years ago, the deterioration of Zimbabwe's economy and official corruption reached alarming proportions. This naturally brought the Zimbabwe Congress of Trade Unions (ZCTU), the mother body of the labour in Zimbabwe, into direct conflict with the Zanu-PF government.

The ZCTU then organised a series of national strikes by large sections of the labour force to protest the sad state of affairs. This was an attempt to force the government of Zanu PF to take steps to halt the economic decline and instill discipline and accountability amongst the political elite. The government failed to respond. This ultimately led to the formation of the MDC.

The open hand on the flag is the election symbol of the MDC and it represents transparency. It is holding nothing, hiding nothing, showing commitment to change in Zimbabwe. We have nothing to hide, we carry no weapons and we promote the ideals of a peaceful democracy. In addition it illustrates that each one of us has the power to change the current political status quo in Zimbabwe by voting for the MDC.


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