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National Constitutional Assembly Transforms into Political Party

Professor Lovemore Madhuku of the National Constitutional Assembly
The National Constitutional Assembly on Saturday resolved at its national congress to transform into a political party to compete with Zanu-PF, the two Movement for Democratic Change formations and several opposition parties in Zimbabwe.

NCA Information Officer Blessing Vava told VOA Studio 7 that they agreed to become a yet to be named political party though at the moment they remain as the NCA until the next congress.

Vava said, “The meeting of today agreed that the NCA can no longer operate as a civil society organization or NGO but has transformed itself into a political party. It is now incorporating some methods and strategies of competing for political office.

“There was a general agreement at the congress that the name of the party remains the NCA until the congress that is going to be held on March 31, 2014. That is when proposals of a new name will be discussed.”

Vava said the organization’s top decision-making body outside congress, the national taskforce, has been retained with Lovemore Madhuku as leader of the NCA party.

The party’s top leaders include, among others, Madhuku, Amos Phiri, Murdock Chivasa and Clever Bere, a former student leader.

“We are going to release the full names of our taskforce members before the end of next week,” he said, declining to identify some of the big names said to be also drawn from other political parties like the MDC formations.

Vava said the 40-member task force is expected to spearhead the transformation of the NCA into a political party in conjunction with the organization’s grassroots structures.

He said all members of the organization will be consulted on transforming the NCA into a pan-Africanist party.

“We are going to be pushing for a social democratic state and our movement will be pan-Africanist in nature … We are going to be fighting against colonialism and imperialism” said Mr. Vava.
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