ZimFirst now fully-fledged political party

ZIMFIRST, a movement that was formed last year with the aim of achieving national convergence has been transformed into a fully-fledged political party.

BY OBEY MANAYITI

ZimFirst principal coordinator Dr Maxwell Zeb Shumba told NewsDay from his United States base that the new political outfit was formed on April 10 this year after it became apparent that the expectations from the concept of the national convergence were grossly misaligned among the key participants.

Shumba is a former MDC-T USA chairman and had a stint as chief political strategist for the main opposition party’s leader Morgan Tsvangirai. Shumba said the ZimFirst idea had been welcomed by people from all walks of life.

He said other political parties in the country had failed to inspire a better future and hence they were encouraged to transform into a full-fledged political party.

“ZimFirst party’s main objective is to form the next government through the electoral process. To achieve this it will forge unity with like-minded political forces to build a team capable of winning elections,” said Shumba.

“ZimFirst party will dedicate efforts to ensure that the 2018 electoral field is evened up and will do so through peaceful means.”

Added Shumba: “It is a political party formed by Zimbabweans and for Zimbabweans at home and abroad supported by the international community and African nationals, whose vision is to see the emergence of a better African leadership with core principles for democratic governance where rights of citizens are respected and leaders are accountable for their actions that impact the same citizens.”

He said the new party stood for good governance, implementation of sound economic policies that work to the benefit of all Zimbabweans and installation of systems of accountability in all sectors of the Zimbabwean society.

Shumba believes his party can form the next government and resuscitate the economy from the current pathetic
US$4 billion economy to a near US$1,5 trillion robust economy.

Commenting on reports of the involvement of Chimurenga music icon Thomas Mupfumo, who has denied any links to the project, Shumba said the music legend was not in their structures for now.

“Dr Thomas Mapfumo, whose well-documented record of fighting social injustice through music is known, was the Ambassador of Zimbabwe First National Convergence, but upon ZimFirst’s transformation into a fully-fledged party he has decided to focus on what he does best, which is to continue to fight injustice in Zimbabwe through his music,” said Shumba.

“He does not hold any position in the political party but strongly supports the ideals of ZimFirst to bring social and economic justice to Zimbabwe.”

Shumba said other figures in the party would be announced soon.

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11 Comments

  1. goodchildgonebad

    can these recycled deadwood politicians bring something new when they were authors of our
    35yr misery,got my doubts.Zimbabwean we should not be swayed by this Zanu pf project.

  2. Opportunist who is eyeing donor money.The likes of him,Dr Welshman Ncube,Dr Simba Makoni, Professor Mutambara do not connect with the suffering people in Zimbabwe.Zimbabweans do not want further split of the democratic vote.Taneta navo.

  3. He thinks we are dumb. If yu are there for us why staying in the U.S? Zim for Zimbabweans not gold diggers tsvaga mari mushe ku States kwako not at our expense.
    Save tinemi rambai makashinga asi mombopawo Chamisa imi moita advisor tihwinhe

  4. And this from the United States? You need to be on the ground to appreciate what the people are going through in their daily struggles. These internet parties will not go far because they so detached from reality.

  5. when you are thousands of miles away you think its easy.i wait to.see how you will do it.leveling the playing field.

  6. Shumba my friend go to hell with your thing, this isnt time for testing your dreams its all about the people. You enjoying day in and day out in the States and the next thing you tell us about the poverty that we suffer everyday, we know what we want infact we dont need you, if time comes we will form our own political party with the people who are facing reality on daily basis. that is if we are tired about these existing political outfits. okey

  7. Tawanda72@yahoo.co.uk
    Chief Svosve
    It is unfortunate that whenever a person out side Ziimbabwe voices out a concern or comes out with an initiative he /she is dismissed with the same old statement, “what are you talking about , you are outside the country’ after all”. That mindset is as unfair and as myopic as Mugabe”s all time rhetoric and propaganda that labels anyone white as imperialistic and exploitative. And again it’s unfortunate that we have been brainwashed and seem to dance to that tune every time.

    Historical facts don’t lie! Mugabe himself was outside the country and so were most nationalist leaders. Half MUgabes 1980 cabinet had been out of the country or had received education outside Zimbabwe. The actual people who were toiling day and night during our struggle were never recognized and some like Tongogara and many others were assassinated. It all boils down to the main point that it’s not only the people who are on the ground who should try to make a difference if the situation is as bad as it is in our country. Any concerned Zimbabwe should be given a chance. All we have to do is to listen to what they have to offer and check their track record. Why dismiss someone for the simple reason that he is outside the country.

    Millions of ZImbabweans are outside the country not because they want to but because they have been forced out either through political persecution or economic problems. And we all know these are facts! If my life is in danger why should I stay…so that I become a dead hero. Hell no! You are more useful to the country alive and coming up with initiatives and solutions. It is also a fact that all those outside the country will rather be home.

    The fact that a Zimbabwean is outside the country doesn’t make him any less Zimbabwean and certainly it doesn’t make him any less affected. We are all ZImbabweans we have to remain united irrespective of our different opposition political partisanship. We all know we have one common enemy which isZANU thieves.

    My view is I will support and give a chance to anyone who is fighting to remove ZANU thieves from power. Let’s all converge, unite, work together and get Zimbabwe working again. To do that we need to put Zimbabwe first and forget about our personalities. With ZANU this country will never be normal again. Without ZANU we stand a chance of making this country better for our children. And comrades make no mistake about it, we need fresh ideas, with new initiative

  8. There’s only one face of this struggle – Morgan Richard Tsvangirai. All others ate pretenders who don’t stand a chance in hell. Izvi ndo zva Prof. Mutambara nhasi vakapeta muskwe havazikanwe mwena wavakapinda.

  9. Both ZANU PF and MDC failed. People are tired of the current political atmosphere. As Zimfirst Party, we are working to correct the political situation of our country.

    The time has come to move Zimbabwe forward.

    ZANU was in Mozambique, Zambia and so on.

    MAKOROKOTO AMLOPE ZIMFIRST. ZIMFIRST IS FOREVER. PAMBERI NEGORE REVANHU.
    ZIMBABWE YAUYA.

  10. It is unfortunate that whenever a person out side Ziimbabwe voices out a concern or comes out with an initiative he /she is dismissed with the same old statement, “what are you talking about , you are outside the country’ after all”. That mindset is as unfair and as myopic as Mugabe”s all time rhetoric and propaganda that labels anyone white as imperialistic and exploitative. And again it’s unfortunate that we have been brainwashed and seem to dance to that tune every time.

    Historical facts don’t lie! Mugabe himself was outside the country and so were most nationalist leaders. Half MUgabes 1980 cabinet had been out of the country or had received education outside Zimbabwe. The actual people who were toiling day and night during our struggle were never recognized and some like Tongogara and many others were assassinated. It all boils down to the main point that it’s not only the people who are on the ground who should try to make a difference if the situation is as bad as it is in our country. Any concerned Zimbabwe should be given a chance. All we have to do is to listen to what they have to offer and check their track record. Why dismiss someone for the simple reason that he is outside the country.

    Millions of ZImbabweans are outside the country not because they want to but because they have been forced out either through political persecution or economic problems. And we all know these are facts! If my life is in danger why should I stay…so that I become a dead hero. Hell no! You are more useful to the country alive and coming up with initiatives and solutions. It is also a fact that all those outside the country will rather be home.

    The fact that a Zimbabwean is outside the country doesn’t make him any less Zimbabwean and certainly it doesn’t make him any less affected. We are all ZImbabweans we have to remain united irrespective of our different opposition political partisanship. We all know we have one common enemy which isZANU thieves.

    My view is I will support and give a chance to anyone who is fighting to remove ZANU thieves from power. Let’s all converge, unite, work together and get Zimbabwe working again. To do that we need to put Zimbabwe first and forget about our personalities. With ZANU this country will never be normal again. Without ZANU we stand a chance of making this country better for our children. And comrades make no mistake about it, we need fresh ideas, with new initiatives.

  11. It is unfortunate that whenever a person out side Ziimbabwe voices out a concern or comes out with an initiative he /she is dismissed with the same old statement, “what are you talking about , you are outside the country’ after all”. That mindset is as unfair and as myopic as Mugabe”s all time rhetoric and propaganda that labels anyone white as imperialistic and exploitative. And again it’s unfortunate that we have been brainwashed and seem to dance to that tune every time.

    Historical facts don’t lie! Mugabe himself was outside the country and so were most nationalist leaders. Half MUgabes 1980 cabinet had been out of the country or had received education outside Zimbabwe. The actual people who were toiling day and night during our struggle were never recognized and some like Tongogara and many others were assassinated. It all boils down to the main point that it’s not only the people who are on the ground who should try to make a difference if the situation is as bad as it is in our country. Any concerned Zimbabwe should be given a chance. All we have to do is to listen to what they have to offer and check their track record. Why dismiss someone for the simple reason that he is outside the country.

    Millions of ZImbabweans are outside the country not because they want to but because they have been forced out either through political persecution or economic problems. And we all know these are facts! If my life is in danger why should I stay…so that I become a dead hero. Hell no! You are more useful to the country alive and coming up with initiatives and solutions. It is also a fact that all those outside the country will rather be home.

    The fact that a Zimbabwean is outside the country doesn’t make him any less Zimbabwean and certainly it doesn’t make him any less affected. We are all ZImbabweans we have to remain united irrespective of our different opposition political partisanship. We all know we have one common enemy which isZANU thieves.

    My view is I will support and give a chance to anyone who is fighting to remove ZANU thieves from power. Let’s all converge, unite, work together and get Zimbabwe working again. To do that we need to put Zimbabwe first and forget about our personalities. With ZANU this country will never be normal again. Without ZANU we stand a chance of making this country better for our children. And comrades make no mistake about it, we need fresh ideas, with new initiatives.

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