THE opinion article by Trudy Stevenson, (Independent, August 18 titled “Civil society threatened by political incest” left me with many unanswered questions. It also revealed feelings of a deeply frustrated politician whose fortun
es may be on the wane.
The truth is that the MDC evolved from civil society when the broad alliance met in Chitungwiza to form the party.
Stevenson and some of her peers in the so-called Mutambara faction all came from civil society including groups such as the National Constitutional Assembly and Combined Harare Residents Association (CHRA). These same politicians haven’t told us if they renounced their membership. It is public knowledge that Stevenson made some High Court application some years back on the platform of CHRA when she was already an MP.
There is nothing wrong with political parties consulting civil society. Why didn’t she raise these issues of “incest” before they split?
Is this a case of sour grapes?
Polokwane, South Africa.