SIMBA Makoni’s Mavambo/Kusile/Dawn national coordinating committee meets today to finalise the transformation of the project into a fully-fledged political party.
The party will be known as the National Alliance for Democracy (NAD).
Sources within the movement told the Zimbabwe Independent yesterday that the move was agreed to at a national management committee meeting on Tuesday.
“The national management committee met on Tuesday and deliberated on the issue of transforming the movement into a political party,” one source said. “The committee agreed that the name of the party would be the National Alliance for Democracy and already a draft constitution has been put in place.”
It was also revealed that the management committee was working on the party’s manifesto that would be used to canvass votes in future elections.
“There will be a meeting soon where the national coordinating committee will be briefed by the national management committee on what has transpired so far towards the formation of the new party,” the source said.
“This is the same meeting that will decide when the party’s first congress, which will elect the leaders of the party, will be held,” the source added.
Makoni has been the leader of the movement since he launched his presidential bid on February 5.
In the March 29 elections Makoni got 8% of the total votes cast. Makoni’s total turned out to be the vital vote that both Tsvangirai and Mugabe needed to avoid a run-off that was eventually held on June 27.
Mugabe won the run-off with 85,5% Tsvangirai pulled out of the race at the eleventh hour.
By Nkululeko Sibanda