THE Zimbabwe Congress of Trade Unions (ZCTU) has castigated the transformation of the National Constitutional Assembly (NCA) into a fully-fledged political party accusing some individuals of being self-serving.
by Staff Reporter
Last week NCA members selected Lovemore Madhuku as its interim leader following a resolution to form a political party with a view to contest in the 2018 elections.
In a statement yesterday, ZCTU secretary-general Japhet Moyo said instead of transforming the NCA into a political party, Madhuku should have left the organisation to pursue his political interests.
“While the ZCTU is not against the formation of political parties, we believe a plethora of these parties would lead Zimbabweans to nowhere. Instead, there is need for political parties to coalesce if they are to have an impact on the political scene.
“We are aware that it is the right of individuals to form and belong to political parties of their choice, but it is something else for individuals to take advantage of their position to turn a membership-based organisation into their political party.
“The ZCTU, which spearheaded the formation of the NCA, notes with regret that the decision for the sudden metamorphosis of the NCA was purely out of bitterness by certain individuals during the constitution-making process. Instead of turning the institution into a political party, the individuals should have left the organisation and formed their party without destroying the NCA.”
Madhuku told NewsDay this week that the NCA felt strongly that the existing parties — Zanu PF and the MDCs — were not able to pursue its interests and vision for the country.
He accused the political parties of engaging in self-fulfilling processes.
Madhuku accuses MDC-T leader Morgan Tsvangirai of lacking the stamina to take the country forward and President Robert Mugabe of failing to fight corruption.