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Zimbabweans Launch Communist Party, Won't Contest 2018 General Elections

Ngqabutho Mabhena
Ngqabutho Mabhena

Some Zimbabweans have launched a communist party which they claim is aimed at bringing local people together in order to rebuild a nation devastated by years of economic stagnation.

The Zimbabwe Communist Party (ZCP), led by Ngqabutho Mabhena based in South Africa, says it won’t contest the 2018 general elections.

The official launch of the party comes a few days after two opposition parties were unveiled to the public while seven others formed a broad movement - MDC Alliance – meant to unseat President Robert Mugabe’s Zanu PF party in the next elections.

Mabhena, who lives in South Africa, said they want to create dialogue with Zimbabweans in order to revive the nation facing serious social, economic and political problems.

"Our immediate concern is not to remove Mr. Mugabe from power like what other opposition parties want but to create a situation where people may engage each other for the benefit of the nation. This is one way of rebuilding the nation. We don't even want to contest this year's elections."

He said Zimbabweans want to rebuild their nation, which has been devastated by economic stagnation for a long time.

Two opposition parties were launched recently and others formed an Movement for Democratic Change Alliance, designed to unseat President Robert Mugabe's Zanu PF in the 2018 general elections.