NCA leader Lovemore Madhuku has poured scorn on former Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai’s call for the opposition to unite under his leadership and help remove President Robert Mugabe from power.
Madhuku joins the splinter MDC formations led by Welshman Ncube and Tendai Biti in refusing to work with Tsvangirai who however appears to have the backing of Mavambo Kusile leader Simba Makoni.
“Removing Mugabe is not an economic policy,” Madhuku told the state-owned Herald newspaper.
“As the NCA, we are clearly and unequivocally running away from that kind of politics.
“Morgan Tsvangirai was part of the inclusive Government where he did nothing and he is currently busy talking about terminal benefits.”
Madhuku was referring to Tsvangirai’s lament that Mugabe is refusing to sanction his terminal benefits after serving as prime minister in the coalition government between 2009 and 2013.
The government has allowed Tsvangirai to remain at a Harare villa acquired and upgraded at State expense for his use as premier.
The MDC-T leader however, claims Mugabe is blocking his pension, demanding that the former premier first accept his defeat in the 2013 vote.
Mugabe has since endorsed a pension package for former vice president Joice Mujuru despite claiming she wanted to kill him. Nothing has however been said about the ex-premier’s own pension plea.
Tsvangirai recently called for opposition parties to get together under his leadership to oust Mugabe and his Zanu PF party.
“All progressive forces must come together and remove the Mugabe regime,” he supporters at a recent rally.
“We know there are some power hungry individuals who want to be presidents of small political parties.
“I would rather be president of the whole movement poised to remove Zanu PF than of a small party.”
But Madhuku said, despite having been an ally of the former trade unionist and helping form the MDC party in 1999, Tsvangirai was no longer the answer to the country’s democracy challenge.
“We do not accept the leadership of Morgan Tsvangirai,” said the NCA leader.
“He has done his part and if that coalition is only about removing Mugabe, we cannot be part of it.
“We can only be part of a coalition that ensures that the welfare of our people is improved by an economic policy.”
The law lecturer said his NCA was not a surrogate MDC organisation but a separate political party.
“Our business is to win the electorate’s heart and so this philosophy of coming together to remove Mugabe has been our business from the start,” he said.
“We have always been MDC but were dissatisfied with the MDC under Tsvangirai. Any grand coalition involving Tsvangirai would be like going 100 years back into history.”