Zimbabwe is bigger than MDC, Zanu PF, says new party

TRANSFORM Zimbabwe is a new political party on the block. Its leader Jacob Chengedzeni Satiya Ngarivhume and 12 other party members were recently arrested for breaching of the Public Order and Security Act (Posa) and later released on $50 bail.

NewsDay Chief Reporter Everson Mushava (ND) hooked up with Ngarivhume (JN) to understand more about his political party, its mission and various other issues. Below are excerpts of the interview.

ND: You are the president for Transform Zimbabwe; people might want to know who you are. Can you briefly tell us about yourself?

JN: I am a Zimbabwean, born and raised in a Christian family. I am a statistician by training from the University of Zimbabwe and have worked extensively as leading consultant in my own research institutes and various other research consortiums worldwide.

I am founder and chairperson of the Voice for Democracy, a grassroots broad-based civic organisation founded in 2009, whose aim is to fight for justice and democracy. I was also chairperson of Prayer Network Zimbabwe, an interdenominational Christian organisation founded in 2010 to pray for the total transformation of Zimbabwe.

ND: You have mentioned that you grew up in a Christian background, and the party has its roots in the church, what motivated you to enter politics? Is it by any chance a divine calling?

JN: Delegates to the Prayer Network Zimbabwe convention on December 8, 2013 resolved to form a values-based political party to push the agenda to transform Zimbabwe.

It is that resolution which pushed us into politics. I firmly believe that leadership has an obligation to uphold high moral values. With the unprecedented disintegration of the moral fabric of our society that should guide our leaders, I strongly feel that the resolution by Prayer Network Zimbabwe is justified.

So yes I am called into politics by Zimbabweans and by God.

ND: Zimbabwe is a highly polarised political space. It has been dominated by Zanu PF and the MDC. How do expect to gain relevance in such a saturated political space? Don’t you think you are setting up yourself for imminent failure?

JN:
When is a good time to set up a new party? It is when all others have failed. Zanu PF have failed the people of Zimbabwe, and the MDC have failed time and again to challenge Zanu PF. The MDC has split and split again. It is a spent force.

The main point is that we have leadership failure in both parties. In any case, the percentage of Zimbabweans who vote in elections show a big number have stayed away because of the ‘bad’ choices available. Zimbabwe is bigger than the MDC and Zanu PF and need to move past them.

ND: What do think would distinguish you from either the Zanu PF or the MDC formations to win the hearts of voters?

JN: We believe that a nation exists in the spiritual and physical components. Any change therefore should start in the spiritual renewal of the nation.

The main difference between us and the other major parties lies in our values, policies, and leadership. Our party is based on integrity and trust where our leaders put the people first. What do the people of Zimbabwe most desire? It is politicians they can trust to do the right thing for the country.

They want to live a life without fear, earn a livelihood to care for their families, and live the kind of lives they choice.

They want their choices to be respected. These we can and will deliver. Our membership has grown from 12 000 at inception to over 100 000 in a space of six months. This bears testimony to how we have gained the support of Zimbabweans.

They have looked at us closely and seen that we walk the talk. We live the value system we talk, Zimbabweans are tired of talk, and they want delivery. Had we not demonstrated our value system to the people we would not be seeing this growth. We are changing the political culture in our politics.

And of course this growth has attracted persecution from the ruling authorities.

ND: You were arrested two weeks ago. What does this tell you about Zimbabwe’s political atmosphere and how do you hope to fare in the torrents?

JN: We find ourselves challenging a party and State that only knows one way in which to govern: by instilling fear through harassment, arrests, and violence.

But it is no longer working. We refuse to be intimidated into surrendering our democratic and human rights as entrenched in our Constitution. We will continue to exercise our fundamental rights peacefully and will insist at all times that the government and its State security agents and the police uphold the Constitution and the rule of law.

Our growing membership base has caught the eye of State security agents. Wherever and whenever we travel, we are shadowed by the sinister presence of State security agents.

In Tsholotsho, Chimanimani, Binga and Hwange members of Transform Zimbabwe were apprehended and questioned by the police and State security agents. In Binga our members have pending court cases for holding executive meetings.

Our executive meeting was disrupted last week by law enforcement agents, members of Transform Zimbabwe and my own family who had come to show solidarity were then arrested and charged, including my wife.

I was subjected to humiliation by the police, over detaining me for a charge that never saw the light at the end of the day, transporting me by public transport from Gweru to Harare in hand cuffs so that the nation could see that I am a ‘criminal’ for the sole reason that we had the audacity to exercise the very political rights that are guaranteed by Section 67 of our Constitution.

We have been to the Midlands, Masvingo, Matebeleland North, Matebeleland South and Bulawayo, We were recently in Manicaland and the support is amazing. We have been able to set up Transform Zimbabwe structures, we have excited a huge social base of people who have not been politically engaged before and this has alarmed the authorities.

But alas! We continue!

The arrests will only stiffen our resolve to transform Zimbabwe.

We will not be deterred until God’s mission is accomplished. This has also showed us that we are the real and genuine threat to the ruling authorities now. We will continue to defy them when they misinterpret Section 25 of Posa to ban our meetings.

We will fight until we free Zimbabwe. We are tired as a nation and as a people.

ND: Zimbabwe is currently facing an economic crisis. What do you think are the causes and how do you expect your party to lift the country from the woods?

JN: The bedrock of our economic policy is to move from a predatory State to a developmental state.

It is to move from an inefficient State-dominated economy, to a competitive economy driven by efficient markets and the private sector.

It is to move from dependence on imports to a competitive export-oriented economy. It is to move from stagnant and jobless economy, to a vibrant and job-creating economy.

Enemy No.1: Corruption

Our first and foremost priority is to put an end to a predatory culture and the obscene abuse of office that has bought ruin to the Zimbabwe economy. We will rid ourselves of the scourge of political patronage and rampant corruption.

And we will put an end to the impunity that goes with it. We will hold to account and prosecute those responsible for abuse of office.

The Investment Imperative:

The first building block is to create an investment climate that attracts investment. Direct foreign investment is vitally important, but so is investment by resourceful Zimbabweans in their own businesses. The fundamental prerequisite for investment is building investor confidence, creating a fair and consistent policy environment and securing property rights.

Creating jobs and generating revenues:

The second building block will be creating jobs and generating revenues. Profit and profitability is not a dirty word. Making a profit is not the exploitation of workers.

It is the opposite.

Profitable companies provide decent jobs, pay workers better, and provide more benefits. Profits that are reinvested in companies create even more jobs. We will, therefore, make it easier for companies to employ workers permanently by enacting more flexible labour laws.

Tax revenues are generated from companies that make profits, and from workers earning higher wages in the formal sector. The only way to increase our tax base is by supporting each and every business to become responsible and profitable business that pay their taxes. We will review the tax system to lower personal and corporate taxes.

This will allow more money to flow into the pockets of workers.

ND: Where do you see yourself as a party in 2018 when the country goes for general elections?

JN:By the time of the general elections, we will be the party of choice with the vast majority. They will realise that we are the only party that cares deeply about their struggles to live decent and productive lives, that has answers to their questions, and which delivers on those answers. The people will realise that we will walk the talk.

Come 2018, we are the party that will bring down Zanu PF to its knees and usher in a new political dispensation!

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55 Comments

  1. This is the best way to follow TZ we will dance with you all these parties have showed us no light, we really need new names in this political game not names spoken of before and have demonstrated no hope at the end
    Do not tire stand firm and we will stand with you

  2. As long u are willing to deliver yr promise

  3. Lets give em a chance

  4. finally see hope

    That’s the best news I’ve heard in years..we’ve all lost hope with the ruining zanu pf they’ve destroyed every thing they touch .pamberi na TZ. UNITED WE STAND.
    It’s time to put that jongwe in the pot.it’s. over stayed its visit.

  5. You political parties are missing the point. The moment it becomes about taking down ZanuPF or MDC you would have already lost the plot and would no longer be a voice of a ‘united’ Zimbabwe.

    You need to realise that some Zimbabweans don’t vote not because there is no one to vote for but because every political party just wants to kick Mugabe out, then what? We all know that given the opportunity to promote either your blood brother or a stranger you would choose your brother.

    TZ what you need to work on in your party is to establish a FIRM policy on ACCOUNTABILITY, because in all honesty zanuPF has visionary policies in theory but have FAILED to implement. Same goes to the MDCx3.

    TZ find ways to prove to the people of Zimbabwe, voters and non-voters, that if you were to be in power you will be transparent in your dealings and make your ministers or whatever, publicly ACCOUNTABLE for failures and success and it wont matter if you are the best politician, the next Mandela or Obama, the people of Zimbabwe will vote for you.

    1. TRANSFORM ZIMBABWE IS GOING FAR

    2. Your post makes some sense but Proof by contradiction is also a sensible approach.

  6. TZ go and go foward we need to return home to our lovely motherland Zimbabwe,as long as you are not one of those …………. looking for employment or government of national unity.so tht you have acess to the national funds and benefits and a big name then you forgett whre you come from and where you are going!!! VIVA

  7. Jeremiah 17:5
    ‘Thus says the Lord, “Cursed is the man who trusts in man and makes flesh his strength, whose heart departs from the Lord”
    We should not ask of man that which God alone can give, Deliverance, Stability, Prosperity, these are all things that no man should promise! TZ seems very wise, the kind of party I may join. But as Christians, definitely more must be said of God’s work in these matters. Do not say that we shall go to such a town, buy and sell and make a profit. Also i believe it is wrong to prophesy that by 2018, we will be the party that people to, it may be the case, but we have no control. Readers expressing hope, be warned that “hope that is seen is not hope, for why does one still hope for what he sees?” Romans 8:24
    “The vision is yet for an appointed time” Habakkuk 2:3
    “Though the fig tree may not blossom, nor fruit be on the vines; though the labour of the olive may fail, and the fields yield no food; though the flock may be cut off from the fold, and there be no herd in the stalls- yet I will rejoice in the LORD, I will joy in the God of my salvation.” Habakkuk 3:17-18

    May the LORD bless and keep Zimbabwe

  8. Viva TZ viva

  9. Mandla Maphosa

    Sad state of affairs for ordinary Zimbabweans,while we suffer in the diaspora because we are foreigners,we cannot do anything meaningful at home because of stupid people who run the country!!The economy is virtually dead!!we have talent,we have ideas but we have no resources and there is no level playing field where every citizen can participate and give his/her best with prejudice based on race and tribe or party politics.The Parties can come and go but Zimbabwe has gone down way beyond redemption,now we need ACTION,we need to FIGHT to reclaim our birthright because Negotiations and Talks have led us nowhere,we gave Zanu Pf the chance and we gave MDC the chance,what now another Party again for another chance??

  10. Excellent interview and answers. I wish you success. Please persevere.

  11. Another zanu pf baby. Rubbish.

  12. he is just day dreaming.

  13. Uniting Zimbabwean people by demonising some? Eeh!

  14. Kurota chaiko! Nikuv is preparing for 2018 izvezvi. Apa matemo ekudambura vanhu ari kugadzirwa nanaMunagagwa!

  15. Reza & Sam spot on.This TZ is a load of smelling rubbish. ZANU PF small particles fooling the gullible.We have had enough of this kind of tricks.

  16. Ka party aka ndakada. I share your principles and I am inspired to vote again, after I had given up in 2013 for lack of choice. God bless TZ.

  17. I dont agree with Tongagara and Daydreaming. It was recently reported that the tz president and 13 others were arrested and the tz president was held in the police cell for 3 days and every place they go they are refused by the police to do meetings. I kind of see tz as a threat to zpf not as one of their own . zpf usually does not incarcerate one of their own
    I think this is the generation that the nation has been waiting for

  18. Fired up ready to go

    Now i have a reason to be in politics. Viva TZ Viva

  19. Zimbabwe needs a new generation of leaders to move on. Jacob’s responses are prety good. He may be the front of the new generation. Lets wait and see…

  20. I know that our political enemies are fighting to destroy our noble cause. They are bent on convincing local and international communities that we are are political weaklings. Let it be clear and known among them that we are not worried about their criticisms. TZ is a genuine political party of our time. It is a family of principled statesmen and women who will form a transparent and accountable government for the people of Zimbabwe. We call upon fellow country men to come en masse and support the vision. Viva TZ !!

  21. from predatory state to developmental economy! Well said ngarivhume. But munozozvigona here manje baba. OK at least I will try you come 2018. Honestly your responses are wise.

  22. Who said its only Zanu and Mdc that can get Zim right. We are tired its time to get out of this cycle which has killed our beloved nation. Reasonable guys like this one need to be tried. Newsday, tell us more about him, where can we find them?

  23. popopopopoopopo, haute haute haute. vakaipa vakuru avo. keep up the work

  24. Ataura apa ndi statistician here kana economist? I am lost here.

  25. Indeed Zimbabwe is bigger than Zanu and MDC and TZ. I agree, I will observe you before I give you my vote.

    1. Transform Zimbabwe is the way to go, our nation is in crises. Lets give these people a chance.

  26. God has finaly remembered our nation. Transform Zimbabwe is the way to go. Zanu pf and MDCx3 have outlived thier grace. This is the time for Jacob Ngarivhume and Transform Zimbabwe. Christians out there this is time to be involved in politics, to save our nation and the future generations

  27. Transform Zimbabwe has won my vote come 2018.It seems the President has a vision and is principled.I am impressed with how the party is spreading.I watched your videos of when you launched the Party kuAMFIC with over 2000pple I was shocke! Your strategies are perfect!!!.

  28. Hama munashe, batanai , unganai pamwe mujoine party iyi cozy inemoto kani

  29. Can’t comment otherwise i would end up campaigning. I am behind you Jacob. I am an avid TZ supporter.

  30. Transform Zimbabwe is the way to go, the failure of Zimbabwe has been the failure of leadership. Lets embrace this new Party and give them a chance.

  31. M D C and ZANU PF have failed to deliver our beloved nation for past years we need something new T Z will do for me and the others out there .

  32. Those were well thought out responses by Ngarivhume. He shows his total commitment to bringing Zimbabwe out of the social political and more especially economic turmoil she is currently facing. He has the welfare of the people of Zimbabwe at heart and is a man of integrity and good moral standing. He also clearly provides proposed solutions to some problems such as eradication of corruption, job creation and ways attracting investment which the country desperately needs to come out of the economic crisis.

    We will support Ngarivhume unrelentingly despite all the fear that state security agents are meting out to the TZ leader and its members.

    Viva TZ !!!

  33. tichaona kuti vanomira here ma Christu enyu aya tovarova hedu isu maCIO. Vakamira bva nyika yapona. Vakatiza, sezvatinoziva bva munoiona ndondo. Rega titarise hedu isu!

  34. No p[arty will ever remove Zanu Pf from power in Zimbabwe. We are not worried about this TZ thing. We have delt with MDC huruyadzo and now we are good. Pamberi ne Zanu!

  35. Could these little known guys change Zimbabwe. I wait to see. Well spoken words but what matters is whether this can be implemented. Zanu Pf is a system in this country which I believe can not go easily. Ask the MDC and they will tell you. All the same we take a back stage and watch. Tingazoseke mbodza neinozvimbira! But majere muchapedza enyika yese! They will lock you up.

    1. They lock u up if you are a real threat is it not? Otherwise they never do that to people they are not afraid of!

  36. Takumbodawo zvina Mwari people failed. we now need God in our politics.

  37. Zvobvigwesu……..kkkkkkk.
    I will give TZ my vote any day!!! Taneta nevatungamiri vasina mwoyo wekunzwira vanhu vavanotungamira. Iyezvi vamwe vaakutora bato kuriita rekumba kwavo.

  38. well said ,at least we have another option .i will observe you before i give you my vote but i hope you have a noble cause for the nation .Keep the good work.God bless our nation .

  39. God is ushering a new breed of leaders that fear him to takeover management of the issues of this great nation Zimbabwe.
    VaMugabe, zanupf, the cios , soldiers, police all of you you can not stop the will of God from taking place
    Wen you outwitted the mdc Mwari vanga vasati vapindira but now zvese zvinaMWARI mukati kana nikuv haizvigoni

  40. The oke is on point,jst gim the chance…Hambai na Chirandu!!!

  41. Well said Chirandu..handei vanoenda!

  42. viva TZ viva!!!

  43. This makes some good reading. I like your good responses especially on the economy. Sounds good, thank you. We wait to see you in our area one day. If you are targeting 2018, then move faster than you are doing. I am hardly excited by new things but this has caught my attention.

  44. Zanu chiororo muchasungwa mukazvirega izvi. Siirai isu veMDC

  45. Nonsense another c10 plot to facilitate the nikuving in 2018. Of course they have to be validated by imprisoning them. Nope, Nada, Palibe Galante the first is not buying. He does not buy d00 d000

    1. Vanowina nyika imi vana galante1 ne Zanu dzenyu muchingoti hee macio hee ma cio. Have you followed these guys, they are drawing huge crowds. I attended one of their meetings its something else. If you want to stop them do something drastic. This guy is dangerous I tell you.

      1. galante1 ndiye muCIO arikuda kuodza vanhu moyo. He knows that if he tells people about cio they are frustrated. Saka waida kuti tisuppote chii nhai iwe. You want us to vote zanu? no no no we will not. you want us to vote MDC no no no they have failed us over and over, in any case they are disintergrating as Ngarivhume says. I will try out these guys at the next elections! Wanyangira yaona iwe mu CIO.

  46. Is there anything too hard for the LORD. Move on mr Ngarivhume. I am really happy with your interview! Well done

  47. Oh my goodness. this party was here in Marondera this afternoon. The hall was full. I tell you this Ngarivhume guy delivered an excellently good speech! I was shocked. I think he is a new phenomenon for the nation…If he continues like this the Zimbabwe is good. No wonder they are arresting him. What a powerfull speech he delivered. I personally think this gentleman and his group will go far. I saw activists giving their life to Christ at the end of the speech! I have never seen this at a rally anywhere in the world! Honestly

  48. I was left wondering if this Jacob guy is the new Obama for Zimbabwe. Wait untill you hear him speak!

  49. ko tinozororereiko kana Jerusalem riridongo, lets stand together and build our Zimbabwe, President we are behind you.

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