‘Zanu PF manifesto populist, a sham’

POLITICAL analysts and residents’ associations yesterday described the recently-launched Zanu PF 2018 election manifesto as jumbled up, unrealistic and contemptuous of the electorate, as most of the promises would be difficult to achieve within the next five years.

BY VENERANDA LANGA/blessed mhlanga

The manifesto, which was launched amid pomp and fanfare, with imposing billboards, campaign vehicles and top-quality regalia had glaring mistakes on the party’s presidential candidate, President Emmerson Mnangagwa’s biography.

For instance, the manifesto claims Mnangagwa served as Justice minister between 1981 and 2000 when he only became Justice minister from 1989 to 2000. Between 1980 and 1988 he was State minister.

Zanu PF also claims that Mnangagwa was Justice minister from 2009 to 2014 when he served as Defence minister from 2009 to 2013 before being elevated to the Vice-Presidency in 2014.

After losing the 2000 elections to MDC’s Blessing Chebundo, Mnangagwa was appointed Speaker of Parliament till 2005 and later served as National Rural Housing and Social Amenities between.

Law lecturer Alex Magaisa said such errors show that the manifesto was a rushed job and should embarrass Zanu PF.

“Zanu PF prides itself as an organised and efficient machine and yet they can’t even get the biography of their presidential candidate right. It’s obviously a rushed job with no attention to detail. There are schoolboy errors, which show lack of care and diligence. Frankly, the authors of this document must be embarrassed,” he said.
Academic and analysts Ibbo Mandaza said: “Shoddy work, amateurs at work and should be an embarrassment for the ruling party, it shows that they were in a hurry and leaves people in doubt of their leadership qualities.”

“The manifesto has incredulous promises by people who appear to forget that they have been in power from the past 37 years, they make new promises forgetting that just five years ago they made promises that they have hardly fulfilled,” he said.

Like the 2013 elections manifesto and the Zimbabwe Agenda for Sustainable Socio-Economic Transformation (ZimAsset) document, the 2018 manifesto enunciated populist policies such as reducing water charges, reducing tollgate fees, hospital fees by 50%, fighting corruption and providing 1,5 million medium income housing units between 2018 and 2023.

Marvellous Khumalo, spokesperson of the Zimbabwe Union of Residents and Ratepayers Association and director of Chitungwiza and Manyame Residents’ Association yesterday described the Zanu PF electoral promises in the 2018 as a mirage.


“If one were to look at their previous promises and what was achieved, you will find that they promised 2,2 million jobs and it is now 2018 and they failed to provide those jobs; and they promised 250 000 low cost housing units through ZimAsset, but they failed to deliver them,” he said.

“Now they are promising 1,5 million medium income housing units when they failed to construct 250 000 low cost housing units and what it tells us is that their 2018 elections manifesto promises are only a mirage,” he said.

On reduction of water charges, Khumalo said it was ironic that the same Zanu PF-led government, which was recently advocating for privatisation of water, was now promising reduction of water charges. In the run-up to the 2013 elections and in one of its populist gestures, Zanu PF slashed water debts for residents during the electoral season.

The move left councils wallowing in debt and failing to deliver services.

“Nothing has changed in terms of water and there has not been any change in terms of water storage bodies and yet they are speaking of reducing water tariffs, yet the same government advocated for privatisation of water. We know that their promises are a pie in the sky and we urge residents to re-look at all electoral promises and make an informed decision on whether they think they will be achieved or not so that they vote wisely,” Khumalo said.

Political analyst, Rejoice Ngwenya said the promises in the Zanu PF 2018 manifesto were contemptuous of the voters.

“Every political party gripped by electoral fever tends to make policies, but these policies must be realistic, otherwise they border on contempt of voters and Zanu PF has always been contemptuous of voters and believes that Zimbabweans do not understand issues,” he said.

Ngwenya said the manifesto showed contempt of Zimbabweans because one cannot build an economy through reducing rates and prices of things by creating resources.

“All the promises are a pie in the sky and if I was a human rights lawyer I would immediately take the ruling party to the courts because they show contempt for the people,” Ngwenya said.

Other electoral promises in the 2018 Zanu PF manifesto include free medical treatment for cancer patients, and establishing at least one hospital in each administrative district, translating to 78 new hospitals by 2023.

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10 Comments

  1. Zanu is in power and can not promise anything instead should just do it and advertise what they have done and work in progress. Since 1980 they have been singing the same hymn, it is now tired and difficult to listen to. Zimbabweans need change since these have been perennial under achievers, instead real looters, murderers and barbaric.

  2. I COMMENTED ON WHAT KUFANDADA AND OTHERS WROTE ABOUT ZANU PF PROMISES, WHY NOT PUBLISHING THAT COMMENT? IS THIS PAPER FOR MDC CHAMISA ACTIVISTS ONLY? MAY BE SOME OF US DID NOT KNOW. TELL US SO THAT WE DO NOT WASTE OUR TIME COMMENTING ON WHAT IS SUPPOSED TO BE A PLATFORM FOR MDC ACTIVISTS ONLY.

    1. Your comment is put on moderation AUTOMATICALLY on this website by the stsyem if longer than 200 words. Asi menge monyora essay? If not for that, any other comment is published instantly. Zvasiyana neHerald, vanotoemployer someone kugarira macomments evanhu. Sunday mail, not one comment is published as that person will not be on duty. KKKKKKKKK.

    2. PERRANCE SHIRI THIS IS NOT THE MILITARY

  3. It is of importance for the current administration to focus on local policy. Things it should do for the people in realistic terms. Roads, consistent clean safe water, reduced zesa tariffs, health, reduced fuel prices and the issue of corruption seems to be abandoned. Its these very basic things that people want to see happen, inviting investors to take advantage of our resources in the name of foreign investment might not be top priority right now. The former President did that for the most part of his time and what did the country benefit? Begin to talk and craft a local policy that will benefit the people for a change, the foreign policy particularly on investment is rather over subscribed at the expense of the common man, who can not afford to feed, educate and cloth his family. Buying new cars and extravagant bill boards are all a sign of arrogance, lets build Zimbabwe together with right building blocks which must include, integrity, honesty, empathy and a focus on the people.

  4. School boy mistakes in the manifesto. The writing is on the wall. Hapana zvinozivikanwa. True, it leaves the people wondering if this party can lead the recovery of this nation. They should be , as @Kufandada says, reporting work in progress than these fresh unrealistic promises.Mediocre politicians who are in this for money that the nation. Its the rural folk that are taken advantage of as in the past to vote for Zanu PF.

  5. ZANU YAKADHAKWA VAKOMANA, READ THEIR MANIFESTO, THEY ARE DRUNK. THEY THINK ZIMBOS ARE FOOLS, AND WILL CONTINUE TO FOOL THEM. HAPANA NEW DISPENSATION APO, I MHEPO IYO.

  6. After 37 years, when some of us think of ZANU PF, we think of corruption, violence, rigging, excuses-lies-propaganda, false promises and missed opportunities, oppression and decay. They want another 5 years? Then that is what they should more honestly promise us in their manifesto.

  7. Zvezanu ndazvitadza ini veduweee. Why not just give up and watch Chamisa transform the nation

  8. The more I read through the manifesto the more I became convinced that Zanu (PF) is irredeemable, fit for scrap. It was always going to be tricky to see the very same people who literally raped us over the past 38 years to come up with the needed therapy. Pathetic Really!

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