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  • Zimbabwe civic group forms party
    Ray Ndlovu, Business Day
    October 01, 2013

    The National Constitutional Assembly (NCA), a consortium of several civic society organisations, at the weekend recast itself into a political party during an annual congress in Harare.

    Led by interim chairman Lovemore Madhuku, the NCA will contest the next elections, in 2018, in Zimbabwe. The assembly played a pivotal role in the rejection of the draft referendum in 2000 and was a strong ally of the Movement for Democratic Change (MDC-T), led by Morgan Tsvangirai, at its inception in 1999.

    A bitter fallout, however, between Mr Tsvangirai and Prof Madhuku over whether the MDC-T should have participated in the 2008 election strained relations. The MDC-T’s support alongside Zanu-PF in the constitutional referendum held in March appears to have been the final straw in souring relations and alienating the MDC-T from one of its key allies in civic society.

    The formation of a new political party under Prof Madhuku, who has broken ranks with Mr Tsvangirai’s leadership, is certain to add weight to the growing calls for the MDC-T strongman to step down from the leadership of the largest opposition party.

    Several disgruntled MDC-T members are understood to be contemplating joining the new political party. Party luminaries Amon Chinhara, of Redcliff, and Emmanuel Chiroto, the former Harare deputy mayor, attended the weekend meeting.

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