The Herald (Harare)

24 November 2012

Zimbabwe: NCA Accuses MDC-T of Corruption, Factionalism

The National Constitutional Assembly has accused the MDC-T of corruption and factionalism as the rift between the two widens. The MDC-T and the NCA have been partners since the emergence of the MDC in 1999 and used to stage joint demonstrations meant to undemocratically oust Zanu-PF from power.

Acrimony between the NCA and the MDC-T has been worsened by Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai's stance on the constitution-making process.

The MDC-T supports the draft constitution produced by Copac and its leader Mr Morgan Tsvangirai is on record urging his party to support the document during the referendum.

The NCA feels betrayed by the MDC-T, which it accuses of being unprincipled.

In statement yesterday, the NCA said: "Categorically, we wish to tell the MDC-T to stop fooling Zimbabweans to support this scandalous draft, which they crafted together with Zanu-PF so that they enjoy the same powers. Instead, their focus should be in dealing with their internal problems, which range from corruption, factionalism, waning popularity and not spending time attacking the NCA and its leadership for its principled stance on the drafting of a new charter for Zimbabwe."

The statement said the MDC-T cannot lecture the NCA on constitution-making after the party branded Prof Madhuku's stance on the draft document "childish" and accused him of behaving like "someone on a Zanu-PF payroll".

"For the MDC-T to want to lecture the NCA and its leadership on constitutionalism is the height of political hypocrisy and a deliberate continual misleading of its supporters in order for its leaders to continue feeding at the ill-gotten trough of personalised political opportunism and naivety," the NCA said.

The NCA accused the MDC-T of deviating from its founding principles especially on the constitution-making.

"We have no business with the MDC whatsoever, as they are not part of NCA because of their chameleonic tendencies of being part of a bogus and illegitimate money spinning constitution-making process," the NCA said.

The NCA challenged the MDC-T to embrace the basic tenets of democracy and to accept criticism. It warned that the MDC-T was fighting a losing battle with Zanu-PF.

Yesterday the MDC-T tried to play down the rift between the party and the NCA.

"There is no bad relationship between the NCA and the MDC-T. The only problem that had arisen was the abusive language directed at the Prime Minister attributed to Professor Madhuku which was published in the Sunday Mail where PM Tsvangirai was described as childish," said MDC-T spokesperson Mr Douglas Mwonzora.

He added: "The position of the NCA is well known to us and is respected by us.

"What we do not appreciate is the hate and abusive language being attributed to the NCA otherwise the MDC and NCA are brothers and sisters in same struggle."

Last week Prof Madhuku criticised PM Tsvangirai for blaming President Mugabe and Zanu-PF for supposedly hampering the smooth flow of the constitution-making process saying all national leaders should take full responsibility for political processes in the country.

He said PM Tsvangirai demonstrated childishness following disagreements over the draft constitution.

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