Harare, August 5, 2013 – A long-time ally of MDC-T leader Morgan Tsvangirai and founder member of the party has indicated that he and a band of his followers would soon form a new political party to lodge a serious challenge against Zanu PF leader Robert Mugabe’s rule.
Professor Lovemore Madhuku, the chairperson of the National Constitutional Assembly (NCA) told Radio VOP Monday that he and a group of other people that he did not mention would soon form a political party that will compete against Tsvangirai’s MDC-T party and Zanu PF.
“We will announce the formation of a political party soon,” said Madhuku.
“We are not going to allow western interference in our party, we will not seek any funding from them and would not want them to interfere. We will be a Zimbabwean party that would fight in the trenches for the interests of the people of Zimbabwe,” said Madhuku, who has had several run-ins with the police and state security agents.
Madhuku has for a long tine been a key ally of the MDC-T leader sometimes advising him on key political issues but the two fell out after Tsvangirai agreed to a new constitution that Madhuku described as flawed.
Madhuku, who also addressed a press conference earlier on Monday said the just ended elections were peaceful and urged Tsvangirai and his MDC-T party to accept defeat.
“The election results have been announced. There are winners and losers. Every election has its winners and losers. Given the peaceful nature of these elections and the compelling need to move our country forward, the NCA urges the losers to concede defeat and take the country out of the permanent election mode it has been in for several years now,” said Madhuku.
However, several observers including the African Union have raised concerns on the many irregularities that characterised the poll though they have cautiously endorsed it.
Key observers of the election such as the African Union and SADC are yet to issue their final reports on the election.