NCA response to the Daily News article
NCA response to the Daily News on Sunday article and Editorial
The National Constitutional Assembly (NCA), has noted with disgust reports
in the edition of the Daily News on Sunday and on social media alleging that
the NCA Chairperson was part of the ZANU PF list of advisors at the just
ended extra-ordinary session of the SADC summit in Maputo, Mozambique.
The paper alleges on page 2 and the editorial comment on page 8, “At least
67 names for the ‘ZANU PF delegation’ were listed at the Accreditation
Centre, and included Lovemore Madhuku, National Constitutional Assembly
Chairperson, who was listed as a ‘legal expert,’ the article reads.”
The NCA wishes to make it categorical that Professor Lovemore Madhuku was
not in Maputo and never planned to go there. We also wish to tell all
Zimbabweans and solidarity comrades across the globe who seeks the truth
that the NCA has no inclination whatsoever with ZANU-PF. Any suggestions to
the contrary are fictitious and imaginations which unfortunately seem to
have become a day to day experience in our media
The articles are part of a series of lies being peddled by some faceless
online editions who cannot stomach the NCA positions being articulated by
its Chairperson Professor Lovemore Madhuku and the entire leadership.
The article and the comment are themselves proof that the standards of
journalism have gone to the dogs in our beloved country where people are
allowed to publish hallucinations and dreams as facts. It is not only
morally wrong to misinform the readership, but smacks of total disregard of
the people’s right to correct and unbiased information.
The NCA calls on all Zimbabweans to remain vigilant to the idea of a truly
democratic country where debates are civil, we call on the media to be
vigilant in defending the ‘fourth estate’ by being professional and checking
facts and not to reduce themselves to party activists. Theirs is a noble
profession that society must trust.
We are unapologetic in the position we made before the summit that elections
must happen now, a position which has not yet changed. The position which
seems to have peeved those who wish to have their egos massaged and invited
attacks and vitriol for the NCA.
As the NCA we uphold and respect the courts and that their decisions are
binding until the decisions have been reversed. The supremacy of our courts
over anything outside the boundaries of this country is a pillar that should
not be traded for anything.
It is in this spirit that we continue to respect the 31 July date set by the
courts and complied with by the President. Moving forward the country must
work now for the spirit of that judgement which is that the election must be
free and fair.
As the NCA we reiterated that we an independent entity, we are neither ZANU
PF nor either of the MDC formations as suggested by some elements in the
media and sections in the civil society.
We will be however lodging a complaint with the Voluntary Media Council of
Zimbabwe with regards to this issue.
No Retreat No Surrender!! Asijiki!
Director of Information