National Constitutional Assembly (NCA) chairman, Lovemore Madhuku, today used Workers Day commemorations in the capital to announce that the NCA will transform itself into a political party following fresh elections expected to be held sometime this year.
Mr. Madhuku, who was guest of honour at the event organized by the concerned affiliates of the Zimbabwe Congress of Trade Unions at Raylton Sports Club, said his party will represent the interest of workers.
The University of Zimbabwe professor said despite the Movement for Democratic Change’s labour background, it has totally forgotten the struggling workers and joined the Zanu PF gravy train in allegedly looting state resources.
He urged workers to mobilise and advance their interests saying former trade union leaders, now in the MDC leadership, have taught Zimbabwean workers a lesson not to trust in political parties.
Meanwhile, Deputy Prime Minister Thokozani Khupe told workers at commemorations organized by the ZCTU at Gwanzura Stadium that working conditions are set to improve in four months when his party takes charge of government following this year’s elections.
She said the MDC government will create policies that will attract investment into the country and in the process create the much-needed jobs.
MDC 99 president Job Sikhala, representatives from the MDC formation led by Welshaman Ncube and Mavambo Kusile Dawn, civil society orgainsations attended the Raylton commemorations which were held under the theme “Fighting for poverty datum line, workers safety and empowerment.
At Gwanzura Stadium, the theme was “Workers under siege, organize unite and fight on”.
Police unsuccessfully tried to disrupt the commemorations at Raylton but organizers refused to back down saying at law trade unions did not require police permission to commemorate international workers day.
Meanwhile, youth organizations said there isn’t much in the country for workers to celebrate on Workers’ Day as unemployment and lack of opportunities remain an issue in Zimbabwe.
Young university graduates complain they are being forced into the informal sector as they fail to penetrate the formal sector.
VOA Reporter Tatenda Gumbo spoke with Hillary Musarurwa, director of the Practical Empowerment and Networking Youth Association, about the plight of the youth.
Nkosilathi Moyo, director of the Zimbabwe Organization for the Youth in Politics, said political will is needed to address challenges facing the country, in particular the youth, who form the majority of the country’s population.