- "The NCA is closer to labour than the other political parties that claim to champion the interests of the working people. By labour, I do not mean trade union leaders: labour refers to the working people. We are not together because my former colleagues have moved away from all our essential beliefs." - Professor Lovemore Madhuku
OPPOSITION politician Professor Lovemore Madhuku has ruled out working with fellow opposition MDC Alliance ahead of the 2023 elections, saying the two have different ideologies and no common ground.
Madhuku, who leads the National Constitutional Assembly (NCA) which failed to garner any seat in the 2018 general elections, saying the first point of divergence with Chamisa was on the current Zimbabwe Constitution adopted in 2013.
“There is no common ground. We have different ideologies. For example, on the Constitution, in the NCA we believe that the current Constitution is bad, that it was imposed on the people and that Zimbabweans must strive to make a new, democratic and people-driven Constitution, yet the MDCs say the same Constitution is the best thing that the country possesses. So we are worlds apart. Why waste time on a non-existent common ground?,” said Madhuku while speaking to the NewsDay.
He further dismissed the idea of a two-horse race between Zanu-PF and the MDC saying his philosophy was actually to dismantle the binary political system in Zimbabwe and create a third force. The constitutional law expert said it is the two-party system of Zanu-PF and MDC that “tricked” Zimbabweans in 2013 by forcing a Constitution onto the people.
“Our agenda as the NCA is to annihilate the two-party system and contribute to a truly multi-party political system. We are succeeding in that regard. Zimbabweans now appreciate the value of having more than the two political parties. The 2023 elections will show you the results.
“The NCA will field a presidential candidate and candidates for parliamentary and local authority seats. I will be a presidential candidate as long as I am NCA president. Zimbabweans are getting out of political polarisation. The NCA is growing and will be a ruling party soon.”
Madhuku worked closely with MDC founding president Morgan Tsvangirai in the early 2000s. He now says the MDC has now moved from being social democratic movements which represented workers.
“I have not moved away from the philosophy of the working people’s convention of February 1999. The NCA is the only political party in the country that truly believes in social democracy that shaped the resolutions of February 1999.
“The NCA is closer to labour than the other political parties that claim to champion the interests of the working people. By labour, I do not mean trade union leaders: labour refers to the working people. We are not together because my former colleagues have moved away from all our essential beliefs.” – Zimbabwe Voice ■