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Parties need to adapt or die

Staff Writer

SOUTH African Communist Party general-secretary and Higher Education minister Blade Nzimande has called on former regional liberation movements in power to adapt and find new solutions to today’s problems instead of dwelling on the liberation struggle.  
Former liberation movements in Zimbabwe, Namibia and South Africa are battling to remain in power amid growing discontent among the new generation over failure to offer solutions to contemporary problems.

Zambia’s liberation movement Unip has already lost power and is on the brink of extinction. The same applies to Malawi Congress Party. Kanu is battling to win back power in Kenya.

MPLA in Angola, CCM in Tanzania, the ANC in South Africa, the Botswana National Party and Zanu PF are surviving although facing problems.

“We cannot continue to use past glory to seek relevance today,” said Nzimande in remarks that will resonate in Zimbabwe.

“The values and goals of the liberation struggle are still as valid as they were then, but they are lacking the power to rally all forces for development as during the liberation struggles.”

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