ZANU PF Politicians Just Believe In Elections – Prof Lovemore Madhuku

National Constitutional Assembly (NCA) leader Lovemore Madhuku has blamed the ruling ZANU PF for only concentrating on elections while doing nothing to transform the country’s economy.

The Constitutional Law expert made the remarks while addressing the media in Harare Monday. He said the local council and parliamentary by-elections set for March 26 were a waste of resources, and the NCA would not participate. Said Madhuku:

Most of these ZANU PF politicians just believe in elections. They were having their provincial elections, now they are in by-elections. They will not be doing much for the nation, I can assure you in the next three to four months, it will be about by-elections.

This set of by-elections is a waste of resources and will not have much political benefit for the country. The timing by the President (Emmerson Mnangagwa) is not so welcome because almost all political parties are busy preparing for the 2023 harmonised elections. We do not support the logic of the president on these by-elections.

He said it was already too late to call for a by-election of this magnitude when the country is facing a general election in 2023. 

The March by-elections are meant to fill 117 local authorities and 28 National Assembly seats most of which fell vacant when MDC-T recalled MDC Alliance members in the aftermath of a 2019 Supreme Court ruling which observed that Nelson Chamisa had attained the MDC presidency fraudulently.

Madhuku said that as the Political Actors Dialogue (POLAD) participants, they were focusing on electoral laws and electoral reforms adding that a document has been prepared with 18 proposals to campaign for the reforms from now till the end of 2022.

Madhuku demanded the government to amend the electoral law, which he said closed the voters’ rolls soon after elections were proclaimed.

 More: NewZimbabwe

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