A Zimbabwean businesswoman, Elisabeth Valerio, has launched an opposition party saying the local and international community should take a proactive role in ensuring that the 2023 harmonized elections are free, fair and credible.
Officially launching the party in Harare today, Valerio, who is the interim president of the United Zimbabwe Alliance (UZA), said she is confident of victory in the 2023 elections and the forthcoming council and parliamentary by-elections in which her party has fielded four candidates.
She said her party would set up 30 companies in various sectors of the economy before the next elections.
Last month, she told a gathering in Mashonaland West that her party would engage 6.5 million citizens to win the 2023 election in Zimbabwe.
She announced plans for an entrepreneurial programme that will create jobs and sustainable income streams.
Our dedicated and visionary leaders. We don’t spend time denigrating other political parties. UZA is a citizens engagement party focused on building #Zimbabwe#2023MusikanaNgaagadzwe pic.twitter.com/9tpD94pxzQ
— United Zimbabwe Alliance (@uzalliance) January 26, 2022
Valerio said Zimbabweans should be entitled to an education and should grow up knowing they have career options at home – not having to cross borders to look for work.
She will battle it out for the highest office on the land with Zanu PF’s Emmerson Dambudzo Mnangagwa, CCC’s Nelson Chamisa and MDC Alliance’s Douglas Mwonzora
Some ordinary people have welcomed the party’s stance on rebuilding Zimbabwe before it is even elected into office.
But some analysts say there are too many political parties in Zimbabwe that normally split votes in critical national elections.
A large number of opposition parties participated in the 2018 general elections, which also featured 23 presidential candidates.
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— VOA/MyZimbabwe News