Harare, September 28, 2013 – University of Zimbabwe lecturer, Professor Lovemore Madhuku, on Saturday officially turned the National Constitutional Assembly (NCA) into a political party which will join other parties seeking to end President Robert Mugabe’s Zanu PF party’s hegemony on the country’s politics.
Speaking at a special congress held at Bumbiro House, the head office of the constitutional reform body, Madhuku, said there is nothing amiss in the NCA assuming a political character as this is enshrined in the organisation’s constitution which allows for “transformation”.
The constitutional law expert said his NCA party will seek to challenge Mugabe and MDC-T leader Morgan Tsvangirai, his erstwhile associate.
“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,” said Madhuku, who of late has been very critical of Tsvangirai, whom he used to advise on political strategies.
A former ally of Tsvangirai, Madhuku turned into a nemesis of the opposition leader whom he accuses of pursuing selfish interests instead of focusing on service delivery.
Madhuku said with current Parliament is packed with “jokers” such as Joseph Chinotimba, and he cannot continue to be a lobbyist because the legislators simply do not have the capacity to transform goals into reality.
“It was a unanimous decision, we have transformed the NCA into a political party, the resolutions remain the same but we have added more,” said Madhuku.
Political nonentities such as former Harare Deputy Mayor Emmanuel Chiroto, who was fired from the mainstream MDC-T party just before the July 31 elections and former MDC-T legislator Job Sikhala who now leads his MDC 99 party attended the NCA special congress and pledged support to Madhuku.
Sikhala said his party is “99.9 percent” behind the new political party, which is aiming at transforming the country’s political landscape previously dominated by Zanu PF and the MDC party.
Madhuku said the new political party will be led by a taskforce until a congress is held at the end of March next year. He said those willing to join the party will pay a joining fee of $1, a figure which had been initially pegged at $5 but was resisted by supporters who attended the congress as exorbitant.