Madhuku turns NCA into opposition party

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HARARE – Lovemore Madhuku yesterday tore into President Robert Mugabe and opposition leader Morgan
Tsvangirai, as he officially launched his new opposition political party.

In an address to a special congress, Madhuku said he was turning the National Constitutional Assembly (NCA) into a political party.

“It was a unanimous decision, we have transformed the NCA into a political party, the resolutions remain the same but we have added more,” Madhuku said.

“The NCA can change its nature depending on events in the country. And we also agreed to move from one format to another.”

The constitutional law expert said there was nothing amiss in the NCA assuming a political character, as this was enshrined in the organisation’s constitution which allows for “transformation”.

The new party is keeping the name NCA.

He said he was seeking to challenge Mugabe and Tsvangirai saying the two have failed.

In a thinly veiled attack on former NCA chairperson Tsvangirai, Madhuku said people who left the organisation long ago cannot continue attacking the NCA, when so much has changed.

He blasted Copac co-chairpersons, Douglas Mwonzora and Munyaradzi Paul Mangwana, whom he described as “failures” who were rejected by their own people in the harmonised elections.

“When they were writing their constitution they bought houses and cars and married so many wives,” Madhuku said. “During the constitution-making process the problem was failure to think.

“I will never forgive the MDC for leaving the country with an undemocratic constitution. They wasted our struggle. The strategy now left is for us not to continue relying on other people. It’s not difficult.

There is nothing that the MDC did in the past four years but to leave the country with a bigger burden.”

A former ally of Tsvangirai, Madhuku accuses the MDC leader of pursuing selfish interests instead of focusing on service delivery during his tenure as the prime minister.

Madhuku said with the current Parliament packed with “jokers” such as Joseph Chinotimba, he cannot continue to be a lobbyist saying the legislators simply do not have the capacity to transform goals into reality.

Turning to Mugabe, Madhuku said the 89-year-old strongman appointed “several Chinotimbas” to ministerial positions, people he said had no capacity to deliver.

Former Harare mayor Emmanuel Chiroto, who was fired from the mainstream MDC formation just before the July 31 elections, said he is firmly behind the leadership of Madhuku.

Job Sikhala, leader of MDC 99, said his party was “99.9 percent” behind the new political party, which is aiming at transforming the country’s political landscape hitherto dominated by Zanu PF and the MDC.

Madhuku said the party is going to be led by a taskforce until a congress is held before March 31 next year.

“People say Madhuku is now Zanu PF, I have never met him (Mugabe) but someone spent four and half years with Mugabe. The only time I met Mugabe was in 1990 when I was graduating at the University of Zimbabwe.”

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