INDEPENDENT presidential candidate in last monthâ€™s elections, Simba Makoni, will in August launch a political party that will reportedly draw some of its leaders from the Arthur Mutambara-led MDC and Zanu Ndonga.
Makoni, who contested against President Robert Mugabe, Morgan Tsvangirai of the MDC and independent aspirant Langton Towungana, is believed to have come a distant third in the presidential race.
The Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (ZEC) is yet to announce the results of the poll, three weeks after it was held, although Tsvangirai has since claimed victory.
Reliable sources said the national management committee of the Makoni movement met in the capital on Monday and agreed to form a party.
The meeting was chaired by Makoni and was attended by the movementâ€™s provincial coordinators and cluster convenors and fundraiser, former Minister of Industry and Commerce Nkosana Moyo.Â
Makoniâ€™s spokesperson Denford Magora yesterday confirmed the meeting saying a steering committee had since been put in place to spearhead the formation and the launch of the political party.
â€œProvincial coordinators reported that there is great impatience amongst the people all over Zimbabwe for the movement to transform itself into a proper political party,â€ Magora said. â€œAs a result, the process of formalising the movement into a political party was kicked off during the meeting.â€
Magora said it was envisaged that the Makoni movement would be able to hold a national convention in August, should all the groundwork be completed by then.
â€œIt is here that national office holders will then be elected and the movement formally inaugurated as a political party,â€ Magora said.
The meeting, the sources said, set up a steering committee chaired by Makoni and tasked it to consult widely on the formation of the party for six weeks before reporting its findings to the national management committee on May 28.
By Constantine ChimakureÂ