by Buhle Tshavango
A new political party has been formed in Bulawayo going by the name,” Zimbabwe Communist Party”, targeting the working class and hinged on communist values.
The party which was launched last month has been described by its founders as a Marxist -Leninist political organization whose ideology runs on scientific socialism.
“Ours is a class movement, a case of a three pronged struggle against Imperialism, dictatorship and the National Bourgeoisie
We seek to democratise the Zimbabwean State as we continue the transitional journey to a Socialist State whose economy and means of production are owned and controlled by the collective citizenry, affording each one of us an equal opportunity to realize our worth, potential and excel in our chosen fields of economic and social contributions to the country”, read part of their press statement.
The party’s secretary general former MDC-N member Nqabutho Mabhena who is based in South Africa is on record to say that the party will deal with tribalism.
“We seek to democratise the Zimbabwean State as we continue the transitional journey to a Socialist State whose economy and means of production are owned and controlled by the collective citizenry, affording each one of us an equal opportunity to realize our worth, potential and excel in our chosen fields of economic and social contributions to the country.”
While advocating for the rights of the working class, the party is of the view that worker bodies are now being politicised.
“We sadly note the manipulation of the ZCTU for political gain, whose very existing polarization is politically driven.
“Workers need an independent, revolutionary trade union, which will advance the struggle of workers as opposed to being diverted by politicians and used as a step ladder to selfish ends.”
The political leadership of the Zimbabwe Communist Party – the National Steering Committee is comprised of 20 members namely ;
1. General Secretary – Cde Ngqabutho Nicholas Mabhena.
2. National Chairperson – Cde Abednicco Sikhuni.
3. Treasurer General – Cde Fabian Nkomo.
4. National Organising Secretary – Cde Trust Mazwi Mkwananzi.
5. Deputy General Secretary – Cde Gift Mtisi.
6. Deputy National Chairperson – Cde Loreen Ncube.
7. Secretary for Legal Affairs – Cde Benedict Mlalazi.
8. Secretary for Policy & Strategy – Dr Samkele Hadebe.
9. Secretary for International Relations – Cde Benny Moyo.
10. Political Commissar – Cde Ian Beddowes.
11. Deputy Organising Secretary – Academic – Cde Jolly Jane Ndlovu.
12. Deputy Organising Secretary for industrial & informal sector – Cde Edward Manning
13. Deputy Organising Secretary for Rural – Cde Jussa Kudherezera.
14. Deputy Secretary for Policy & Strategy – Cde Thandekile Ngwenya.
15. Deputy Political Commissar – Cde Lenin Chisaira
16. Secretary for Security – Cde James Sakala.
17. National Secretary for Youth – Cde Manford Hlabano.
18. National Secretary for Women’s Affairs – Cde Sakhile Siwela.
19. Deputy Secretary for Youth – Cde Lubelihle Banda.
20. Deputy Secretary for Women’s Affairs – Cde Angela Mpofu.
The party becomes one of the first political party to be based in Bulawayo. Whilst it is not yet clear whether the party will be fielding any candidate for the upcoming 2018 harmonised elections it has sent mixed signals on whether or not they will form a coalition with other parties.
As is the norm during pre-election periods in Zimbabwe more and more parties and independent Presidential candidates are likely to come up.