Makoni’s new opposition party

HARARE - Zimbabwe's former finance minister, Simba Makoni has moved closer to transforming his Mavambo/Dawn/Kusile movement into a fully-fledged opposition political party after his national management committee adopted a draft constitution.

According to sources, Zimbabwe’s newest opposition political party, to be called National Alliance for Democracy (NAD), will be launched before year-end.

“The ideology and principles of the party are more or less similar to those of Zanu (PF), but makes it clear that leadership should be renewable,” one of the sources said. “The constitution sets a two-five-year term limit for the president and also espouses the goals and objectives of the party.”

Makoni was expelled from Zanu (PF) for challenging Mugabe in the March 29 presidential election where he came third with 8.3 per cent of the total ballots.

Mavambo spokesman, Denford Magora confirmed that the movement met last week, adding that the adopted draft constitution and the proposed policies and principles have since been taken to the country’s ten provinces for “further consultation and input.”

He said all provinces, including the three in Matabeleland that threatened to leave the movement, attended the meeting.

“This new party is owned by the people. We must all play our part in ensuring that Zimbabwe becomes a truly stable democracy, eliminating all risks that may see us fall back into a situation where one man can hold the entire nation to ransom,” Magora said.

The movement has welcomed the deal signed on September 15 between Mugabe and the leaders of the two formations of the MDC, Morgan Tsvangirai and Arthur Mutambara. However, it was critical of the size of the Cabinet – 31 ministers and 15 deputy ministers.

“Who will pay for this? Whose tax dollars when only 20 percent of the working population is employed?” Magora said. – ZimOnline

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