New Zimbabwe (London)

17 March 2014

Zimbabwe: I Ain't Coming, Madhuku Tells Tsvangirai

NCA leader Lovemore Madhuku has vowed he will not abandon his party to join Morgan Tsvangirai's MDC-T, describing the former premier's overtures as an "insult"

Tsvangirai, faced with an internal revolt against his leadership, has looked beyond the MDC-T in a bid to fortify his position.

The MDC-T leader's political seduction won over the likes of Job Sikhala, Joubert Mudzumwe, Edward Mkhosi and Siyabonga Malandu who quit the party in 2005, protesting Tsvangirai's dictatorial tendencies and the use of violence.

However, Madhuku, a former key ally of the MDC-T leader said Sunday he would not be reuniting with Tsvangirai.

According to the Bulawayo Chronicle, Madhuku told supporters at a meeting of his NCA party in Gweru's Mkoba area that Tsvangirai's overtures were an "insult".

"As NCA, we're a full political party. We'll never join other political parties. When we decided to become a political party, both Zanu PF and MDC-T already existed," Madhuku was reported as saying.

"My decision to form a party is a clear indication that I'm not willing to merge with any party. MDC-T is trying to block us from becoming a better political party.

"Tsvangirai must focus on rebuilding his own party and not try to lure us to join him. That's an insult to us. Leave us to forge our own path."

Madhuku said the focus of his attention was the ruling Zanu PF party which should be forced to honour its election promises and improve the livelihoods of Zimbabweans.

"Zanu PF is the ruling party, therefore all other political parties that are clamouring for recognition by insulting other parties are not at all important," he said.

"We will not give them attention. These other parties tried to remove Zanu PF but they failed. Zanu PF is the only party that we will be grappling with," he said.

"When we talk of employment creation, Zanu PF is the one answerable. When we talk of hunger and poverty, again Zanu PF has that responsibility to alleviate and avert them.

"That's the party you must ask about jobs and food. Forget about those other parties."

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