By Staff Reporter
FORMER MDC-T national chair Lovemore Moyo has formed his own party which he anchors around a campaign to end the marginalisation of Matebeleland.
Moyo announced his so-christened United Movement For Devolution through a lengthy party statement outlining its objectives this week.
“The national devolution movement is a socio-economic and political strategy response to institutionalised marginalisation of the periphery in Zimbabwe, in particular the Matabeleland region that not only suffered heavily under colonial occupation but also from the ravages of the genocidal Gukurahundi operation 1982-1987,” said the party.
The new party also accused former President Robert Mugabe and his successor Emmerson Mnangagwa of ignoring constitutional provisions prescribing devolution of power.
The party adds: “We believe in equality before the law and human rights for all which can only be guaranteed by the principle of the supremacy of the Constitution.”
The former parliamentary speaker’s party said devolution, if implemented by government, would result in equitable development and economic prosperity for all regions in our country.
“The respect of cultural and linguistic diversity and adherence to non-discrimination could foster a sense of belonging and patriotism which are essential for Nation Building,” said the newly formed opposition.
Moyo quit the main opposition two weeks ago over reasons related to the party’s messy leadership squabbles.
He was widely expected to form the nucleus of former MDC-T Vice President Thokozani Khupe’s party which was both opposed to the MDC-T forming a merger with other opposition parties as well as current party leader Nelson Chamisa’s power grab.
Khupe split from the main MDC claiming she was unfairly blocked from becoming party president because of her tribal origins. She has vowed to keep the party’s name and all its identities.
Moyo would not be the first former MDC top politician to form his own opposition whose objectives are centred around social, economic and political affairs of Matebeleland.
Former National Healing co-minister Moses Mzila Ndlovu has also formed his Alliance for National Salvation (Ansa) meant to challenge Mashonaland politicians’ dominance of the national political discourse.