HARARE-- Zimbabwe's newly forged opposition coalition, the MDC-T Alliance, has launched it 2018 general election manifesto containing an ambitious economic blueprint through which the party promises to more than double the country's Gross Domestic Product (GDP) by delivering an economy of 46 billion US dollars in its first five years in office, and doubling its size to 100 billion USD after 10 years.

The event was broadcast live on national television and radio, a first in Zimbabwean politics and a show of change and tolerance of the opposition by the new administration led by President Emmerson Mnangagwa.

The alliance, comprising four other fringe political parties, is led by MDC-T leader, Nelson Chamisa.

We are going to face one of the toughest challenges ever to be faced by human kind. The levels of joblessness, the level of poverty, the destruction of our companies, the dilapidated roads, absence of cash,

those are tough challenges. They also require a tough leadership and we are here to provide that tough leadership through the SMART programme that we are launching, Chamisa said.

SMART is the acronym for the alliance manifesto which is a Sustainable and Modern Agenda for Real Transformation.

Zimbabwe holds its general elections on July 30 this year in which Chamisa is the main challenger to battle it out with the incumbent, President Mnangagwa, whgo leads the Zanu PF party.

Chamisa blamed Zanu PF for most of the challenges facing the country which another principal in the alliance, Tendai Biti said would be 50 per cent solved through renewed confidence once the opposition won the elections.