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calls on Zimbabweans to join in protests
November 19, 2008
Constitutional Assembly (NCA) yesterday called on Zimbabweans
to join its second round of street protests next week, aimed at
demanding a transitional authority to re-write the national constitution
and conduct free and fair elections.
The NCA -
the largest civic organisation - says a transitional authority,
and not a government of national unity between Zimbabwe's
main political parties, would be best placed to break the country's
long-standing political and economic crisis.
Lovemore Madhuku told The Zimbabwe Times Wednesday that his organization
would stage demonstrations regularly until a solution to the country's
crisis is found.
past, the NCA has staged a number of street protests across the
country," said Madhuku. "Once again, we make a call
on the people of Zimbabwe to protest regularly and consistently
(every week) until a resolution to the political crisis engulfing
our country is found and implemented."
He said the
protests were meant to press for a transitional authority - not
a government - whose mandate would be to address Zimbabwe's
humanitarian crisis and the writing by the people of a democratic
a democratic constitution in place, elections should be held freely
and fairly to elect the country's political leadership under
the terms of that constitution," said Madhuku. "The
country will then need to be governed through such a constitution."
democracy and freedom would not come easily for the people of Zimbabwe.
will sure not come tomorrow, and perhaps any time sooner, but it
certainly will never come until and unless we fight for it,"
he said. "This Tuesday, as with next Tuesday and the next,
the NCA will keep organizing and mobilizing until our country is
governed in accordance with the will of the people."
In last week's
protests, Madhuku who was to lead was detained by the police for
The push by
the NCA for a transitional authority comes amid increasing fears
that a September 15 power-sharing deal between Mugabe, Tsvangirai
and the head of a breakaway faction of the MDC, Arthur Mutambara,
stalled after the parties failed to agree on the allocation of the
most powerful ministries, especially the Home Affairs portfolio
that oversees the police.
summit of the regional Southern African Development Community (SADC)
called to break the deadlock over ministerial posts resolved that
a unity government be formed "forthwith" and that the
Home Affairs ministry be co-managed by Zanu-PF and the Tsvangirai-led
The MDC has
rejected the proposal.
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