Madhuku to stand down
HARARE – Pro-democracy activist Lovemore Madhuku will not seek re-election at the December congress after serving as chairman of the National Constitutional Assembly for 14 years.
Madhuku, 45, completes his five-year term of office today, May 26, but he will remain at the helm until December. He was re-elected in 2006 amid allegations he had tinkered with the constitution to extend his term of office and revise the limit from two to five years. He says he leaves the organisation with a heavy heart, before the fight for a new Constitution is complete. He has led a successful run at the NCA, one of the key stakeholders in founding and establishing the Movement for Democratic Change. The NCA is committed to creating a new democratic Constitution for the people of Zimbabwe.
He is allied with MDC leader Morgan Tsvangirai against the Mugabe administration. The NCA bring together individual citizens and civil society organisations, including trade unions, opposition parties, student groups, women’s groups, representatives of the informal sector, and church groups.
The assembly is currently campaigning for a NO Vote at the referendum for a new Constitution. The activities of the NCA have seemingly resulted in a more widespread awareness of constitutional issues among the general population.
A defiant and resolute activist, Madhuku lectures at the University of Zimbabwe Faculty of Law.He holds a Bachelor of Law (Honours) degree obtained in 1989 and a Bachelor of Laws degree in 1990, from UZ. He is also a holder of a Master of Law degreee obtained in 1994 and a doctorate in law in 1999 from the University of Cambridge in the United Kingdom.
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