National Convergence "Kwa Na Kwa"
|Founded||21 August 2009|
|Seats in the National Assembly (April 6th, 2016)||
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The National Convergence "Kwa Na Kwa" (French: Convergence Nationale "Kwa Na Kwa"), popularly known as simply Kwa Na Kwa or KNK (Sango for "Work, only Work"), is a political party in the Central African Republic, built around support of François Bozizé. The party was originally an alliance of several political parties, before they merged into a single party in August 2009.
After his seizure of power in a March 2003 coup, Bozizé pledged he would not run in future elections. On 21 August 2004, an alliance of small political parties, business and political leaders launched the National Convergence "Kwa Na Kwa" as a political coalition to urge Bozizé to stand for president. Parties joining the KNK coalition included the National Party for a New Central Africa (PNCN), the Action Party for Development (PAD), the Movement for Democracy and Development (MDD), the National Union for Democracy and Rally (UNADER), the Liberal Democratic Party (PLD), the National Democratic Front (FND), the Party for Democracy in Central Africa (PDCA) and the Movement for Democracy, Independence and Social Progress (MDI-PS).
Following the December constitutional referendum and a subsequent decree calling for general elections on 30 January 2005, Bozizé announced he would run for president as an independent, supported by the KNK coalition. At a rally in Bangui, called by the KNK, Bozizé announced that he would "contest the election to achieve the task of rebuilding the country, which is dear to me and according to your wish." The elections were eventually delayed until May, and saw Bozizé win the presidential election with 64.6% of the vote in the second round, whilst the KNK won 42 of the 105 seats in the National Assembly.
In 2009 some member parties of the KNK alliance merged into a single party, although several did not, including the PNCN, PAD, FND, MDD, PLD, PDCA, UNADER and the MDI-PS. In the 2011 general elections Bozizé was re-elected President with 64.4% of the vote in the first round, whilst the KNK won 61 of the 100 seats in the National Assembly.
Bozizé himself has described the KNK as a Social Democratic party without "theories."
The Kwa Na Kwa is a working person's party in the tradition of Social Democracy. Its objective is to mobilize the population, raise awareness, and move towards development, in the sense of the fight against poverty: through work. It is only through work that we can change the situation we face in this country. The Kwa na Kwa is a tool to combat idleness, laziness and laxity. It is a party different from others in the sense that this is not a party theories.
- CAR: Parties with seats in the 2005 National Assembly EISA
- Freedom in the World - Central African Republic (2007) Freedom House, 16 April 2007
- François Bozizé présente le Kwa Na kwa Afrik, 7 September 2009
- CENTRAL AFRICAN REPUBLIC: Bozize to contest presidency as an independent candidate IRIN, 13 December 2004
- quoted in François Bozizé présente le Kwa Na kwa. 7 September 2009, David Cadasse, Afrik. Le Kwa Na Kwa est un parti travailliste d’obédience sociale démocrate. Son objectif est de mobiliser la population, la conscientiser et d’aller dans le sens du développement, dans le sens de la lutte contre la pauvreté : par le travail. Ce n’est que par le travail que nous pouvons changer la situation que nous connaissons dans le pays. Le Kwa na Kwa est un outil pour combattre la fainéantise, la paresse et le laxisme. C’est un parti différent des autres, dans le sens où ce n’est pas un parti de théories.
- COMMUNIQUE DE PRESSE N°2. CONVERGENCE KWA NA KWA FRANCE EUROPE (2005), Sangonet.com.