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says GNU same as one-party state
of the Zimbabwe
Congress of Trade Unions has said the formation of a unity government
in Zimbabwe will take the country back to the era of the one-party
ZCTU president, Lovemore
Matombo, said on Friday that there was no way the two Movement for
Democratic Change (MDC) parties and Zanu-PF could be in opposition
and be in government at the same time because they would have to
find common ground somewhere along the way.
He cited the
unanimous passing of the Amendment
Number 19 Bill in Parliament last Thursday, saying it was only
the start of the drift back towards the one party state when Zanu-PF
and Zapu merged into one back in 1989. This resulted in Zanu-PF
ruling the country since 1980 with an overwhelming parliamentary
majority until in March last year when the mainstream MDC party
turned the tables.
agreement is merely an act of consolidation of power taking us back
to the era of the one party state," said Matombo in an address
to an all stakeholders' national civil society constitutional
conference held in Harare on Friday.
Matombo told the meeting
that his organisation was against the idea of a unity government
and would have preferred a transitional authority leading to the
calling of free and fair elections.
He said they had an all
day meeting with the mainstream MDC whose leader, Morgan Tsvangirai,
is a former secretary general of ZCTU, after which they decided
to agree to disagree on whether his party should join the unity
"We disagree with
this unity government but unfortunately some in the MDC are looking
for employment. This is despite the fact that this unity government
does not care about the March 29 election results. It actually recognises
the loser, turning him into the winner while turning the winner
into the loser," said Matombo in his address to the highly
He accused the MDC of
abandoning the principles which guided the formation of the party
at a National People's Convention at the Women's Bureau
in Harare in 1999. He said by agreeing to the dollarization of the
economy the MDC had abandoned the struggle for the workers.
"Zimbabwe has made
its own piece of history where doctors or university lecturers are
just like Grade Seven graduates because of the inflation and the
decision to dollarize everything will only serve to hit the poor
hard and make the rich richer. So we want to tell this unity government
that we are going to call for a national strike next month so that
we can be paid in foreign currency," said Matombo.
He urged the civil society
groups to take up the initiative of crafting the country's
constitution saying relegating the duty to politicians will not
result in the drawing of a perfect constitution representative of
He said, "The constitution
process is very algebraic in nature, if you don't get the
formula right then you won't get the answer right. Zimbabwe
is under authoritarian rule and the only sure way of providing a
remedy is through the enactment of a new people driven constitution."
He said his organisation
will continue to put pressure on the new government particularly
the MDC until the concerns of the workers are addressed.
"We still remain
fighting and we will continue putting pressure particularly on the
MDC which we have been working with. We want to see restoration
of people power not the opening up of the economy like what is happening
now. These are the same things that led us to the Economic Structural
Adjustment Programme (ESAP) which was the genesis of the problems
that we are facing right now," said Matombo.
The civic society meeting
was attended by over 200 delegates drawn from several interest groups
representing the disabled, traders, lawyers, journalists, church
groups, human rights groups and women's groups among others.
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