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NCA congress to endorse formation of new political party
Tichaona Sibanda, SW Radio Africa
September 27, 2013

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Delegates to Saturday’s National Constitutional Assembly’s (NCA) congress in Harare will endorse the formation of a political party that is likely to be led by Professor Lovemore Madhuku.

SW Radio Africa is reliably informed that the congress will rubber stamp resolutions that have been discussed and debated at length ahead of Saturday’s gathering.

The inaugural leader of the new party, whose name will also come out of the congress is believed to be Madhuku, who is stepping down as leader of the NCA.

Munjonzi Mutandiri, the regional coordinator of the NCA said the issue of a new political party will be debated as delegates will be accorded time to weigh the pros and cons of the project.

“The delegates will thrush all those issues and offer the clear way forward for the project. What is very clear is that the NCA has been categoric that the MDC-T and Zanu-PF no longer represent the future we expect as a movement,” Mutandiri said.

He added: ‘It is clear they no longer represent our interests so that is one area we will discuss as delegates and find a way forward.’

It remains to be seen whether the new party will attract a significant number of leading political activists, from both Zanu-PF and MDC formations. There are scores of seasoned activists in the country, as well as Zimbabweans drawn from all walks of life, who have been sitting on the fence and waiting for the formation of a new party.

Already there are reports that MDC-T members who contested the last elections as independents will seek to join the new party.

The rebels formed the Independent Candidates Coalition (ICC) ahead of the July polls after failing to contest the vote on the MDC-T ticket, due to what they described as gross irregularities in the conduct of the party’s primary elections.

The NCA was founded in 1997, and officially launched in 1998 at the University of Zimbabwe by civic organisations, amongst which were trade unions, opposition parties, student groups, women’s groups, representatives of the informal sector, and church groups.

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