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Published: May 2, 2013
HARARE — In a surprise development on May Day, the National Constitutional Assembly (NCA) chairman, Lovemore Madhuku, exploited the Workers Day commemorations in the capital to announce that the NCA would morph into a political party following fresh elections later this 2013 after some internal elections.
Dr. 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 would represent workers’ interests.
The vocal University of Zimbabwe law professor stated that despite the MDC’s past links with the ZCTU, recent developments had confirmed that the MDC had completely forgotten about the workers’ plight and had rather joined the Zanu PF gravy train in the national plunder of resources.
He urged workers to amass and strategize to advance their concerning causes since the former trade union leaders, now in the MDC leadership, had crossed the floor, turned apostate and thereby taught Zimbabwean workers a good lesson not to trust in political parties.
MDC 99 president Job Sikhala, representatives from the MDC formation led by Welshman Ncube and Makoni’s MKD and various civil society organizations attended the Raylton commemorations which were held under the theme “Fighting for poverty datum line, workers safety and empowerment.”
Police unsuccessfully tried to disrupt the commemorations at Raylton but organizers refused to back down as they maintained that in terms of the law, trade unions did not require any police permission to commemorate international workers day.