THE Lovemore Madhuku led National Constitutional Assembly (NCA) party said the MDC-T headquartered at the Harvest House was more or less like the ruling party in terms of following democratic principles.
NCA national spokesperson Madock Chivasa said this when he was commenting on and comparing the manner in which the two parties (Zanu PF and MDC-T) handled their primaries.
Zanu PF primaries were marred in chaos and up to now some of the results are still being contested.
On the other hand, the Nelson Chamisa led MDC-T was forced to stop all its primaries in Harare after violence rocked most of the constituencies in the capital.
“There is no difference between that MDC and Zanu PF. In fact, what is different between the two is the ages of their Presidents and nothing more,” Chivasa told NewZimbabwe.com in Harare this week.
Chamisa is 40 years old and Zanu PF leader Emmerson Mnagagwa is 75.
“When these political organizations have some internal misunderstandings they resolve them through violence and this was evident in the way the Chamisa team took over power after the death of Morgan Tsvangirai and in their aborted weekend primaries,” said Chivasa.
“This is the same in Zanu PF over the rest of its political life which has, however, not been the same since November when the former President Robert Mugabe was removed,” he said.
NCA said unlike other political parties which were battling with conducting primary elections they were not going to do the same.
“People thought that we were crazy when we contested in all the by-elections which took place throughout the country since 2013 not knowing that we were testing the ground and strengthening our structures. The same candidates who contested in these by-elections are the same who are going to represent the party in this year’s elections,” he said.
“We are not also in a hurry to get into government like other opposition political parties but what we are striving for is to get at least 5% of the parliamentary seats, and we are good to go,” he said.
Chivasa said they had already selected all the 210 house of assembly candidates and candidates to contest in all the local council wards throughout the country.