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