MDC to launch online membership system

Opposition Movement for Democratic Change leader Nelson Chamisa. Picture: Philimon Bulawayo/Reuters

The MDC is working on a system that will allow potential member to apply via an online portal if they cannot travel to a nearby branch or office to purchase the membership card, the MDC Secretary General Charlton Hwende has said.

The process is being spearheaded by the Office of the MDC Treasurer General David Coltart.

In a statement on Wednesday Hwende said, “We are finalizing the MDC Membership online registration platform and it will be launched soon. The TG  David Coltart is seized with this matter. Details of party members must be secured and our system is meant to ensure that we protect the data of our members. We can only do that if the system is designed in-house.”

Social Activist Freeman Chari said he developed a similar system a few years ago but the MDC was not keen on adopting it at the time.

“Years back I built a member system for MDC. Only Tsvangirai & Eddie Cross appreciated the initiative.” Chari said. “I faced resistance from the party including Cde Hwende. MDC USA has used it effectively and it is the only one that fully funded its congress including air tickets. Hameno!!”

Freeman@freemanchari

I saw this. Yrs back I built a member system for MDC. Only Tsvangirai & Eddie Cross appreciated the initiative. I faced resistance from the party incl Cde Hwende. MDC USA has used it effectively & it is the only one that fully funded its congress incl air tickets. Hameno!! https://twitter.com/hwendec/status/1194342709764464640 

Chalton Hwende@hwendec

The successful execution of the Zimbabwean Democratic Struggle needs money. Democracy is expensive. We must criticize and also fund the struggle ZANU PF has the RBZ printing press and MDC has the people but the people must fund the struggle.

MDC will be the first Zimbabwean political party develop such a system.

ZANU PF has an active website with a link that says Become a Member. When someone clicks on the link it takes them to a non-functioning page.

Source – Byo24