Zim opposition & alliance partners launch election manifesto

MDC leader Nelson Chamisa promised he and his party's allies would liberate the country from poverty, dictatorship and old ideas.

FILE: Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) leader Nelson Chamisa. Picture: AFP

HARARE - The main opposition Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) and its alliance partners have launched their election manifesto - a strategy for governing Zimbabwe should it win next month's elections.

MDC leader Nelson Chamisa promised he and his party's allies would liberate the country from poverty, dictatorship and old ideas.

The manifesto, dubbed the Sustainable and Modern Agenda for Real Transformation, makes big promises.

These include a $100 billion economy by 2029, and a pledge to compensate pensioners who lost their savings under ex-president Robert Mugabe.

There are incentives to businesses and investors with a proposed corporate tax of 15% and a promise to licence foreign investors in just three days.

The MDC Alliance says if it wins power, it'll give title deeds to new landowners, and compensate white people who lost their farms.

In a significant break from the past, Thursday’s event was covered live by the state broadcaster, long accused of bias in favour of the ruling Zanu-PF party.

(Edited by Thapelo Lekabe)