NCA seeks help with funding

After nearly 15 years of fighting for a new constitution for Zimbabwe, the National Constitutional Assembly (NCA) faces an uncertain future, after its traditional backers dumped it to fund the Constitutional Parliamentary Committee (COPAC).

Speaking to SW Radio Africa on Thursday NCA Information Officer Blessing Vava confirmed the organisation was in financial dire straits. “The problems started in 2009 when our traditional funders opted to fund the COPAC process thereby leaving our organisation in a serious crisis.”

“For the past two years we have been surviving on very little grants but we then realised that for our organisation to keep moving on and keep afloat we had to introduce membership cards to fundraise for our activities and programmes,” Vava said. He accused some donors of hampering their operations by giving conditions.

A statement by the group called on its membership, “to voluntarily assist in funding the programmes and activities of the organisation to move away from too much reliance on donor funds, to ensure that the NCA continues to be afloat and remains truly independent in its operations.”

The group says its leadership will not change until after the referendum and national elections, “so as to allow the current leadership to continue leading the ‘NO’ Vote campaign. Therefore any talk of leadership renewal has been shelved for the time being to allow the smooth running of the Take Charge campaign.” SW Radio Africa

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