THE recently formed National Constitutional Assembly (NCA) led by Professor Lovemore Madhuku is deeply divided over its participation in the by-elections set for January 25, with one group arguing that it would boost the voters’ confidence, while the other insists that the fledgling party is not yet ready for polls.
By Elias Mambo
The three by-elections are set for Karoi Town Council, Harare (ward 12) and Zaka Rural Council.
The anti-poll group argues the party should first build its structures throughout the country, officially launch and then hold its first congress where party leaders would be chosen, before plunging into elections.
“It is not yet time to take part in an election when we do not have any policy document. We do not have a clear plan on how to remove the country from the current state (of socio-economic malaise) because we have no policies yet,” said a highly-placed source in the NCA.
Insiders also said the decision to take part in the council by-elections was not given a nod by the party’s taskforce, an equivalent of Zanu PF’s politburo.
“The decision to take part in the council by-elections was done in an unorthodox manner because the taskforce did not meet,” the source said.
NCA’s director for information and publicity, Blessing Vava, dismissed allegations of internal friction.
“Those allegations are unfounded because NCA is a united party. We are working very hard and we have stood the test of time during the period since the party was formed. We want to assure Zimbabweans that we remain the alternative party for them after being failed by Zanu PF and the MDCs,” Vava said.
NCA spokesperson Madoch Chivasa said his party is confident of winning the council by-elections.
“As NCA we are confident that we will win the by-elections in Zaka and Sunningdale where we fielded candidates,” Chivasa said.
“We believe that Zimbabweans are now aware that there is nothing that the other two political parties (Zanu PF and MDC-T) can offer. It is well known that Zanu PF and MDC-T have a proven track record of corruption and they have sacked their councillors before to save their faces,” he said.