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Development Party launched
February 07, 2008
A NEW political
entity, the Zimbabwe Development Party, was launched on Monday night
at a Harare hotel.
The party, whose
president is Mr Kisnot Mukwazhi with Mr Facemore Museza as his deputy,
pledged to contest the harmonised presidential, parliamentary and
local government elections next month.
Mr Mukwazhi said
although the opposition party, which comes 52 days before the elections
scheduled for March 29, was new to politics, its leadership was
The new opposition
party’s president said he is a former Zanu-PF cadre who actively
participated in its activities in Masvingo province.
50 people, among them journalists, Mr Mukwazhi said his party would
address all the problems Zimbabweans were facing.
He blamed some
Cabinet ministers whom he accused of not implementing Zanu PF’s
good policies for causing the current economic challenges.
"Zanu-PF has done
a lot in bringing independence and land but some Cabinet ministers
are corrupt and mislead the head of state," he said, adding that
his party recognised President Mugabe as the head of State and was
against any efforts to remove him violently.
Mr Mukwazhi said
that although his party hailed Zanu-PF for bringing independence
and land to the people, they were against the manner in which the
redistribution exercise was conducted. He took a swipe at the MDC
for allegedly advocating for sanctions that were now affecting ordinary
"We do not want
what the MDC has done in campaigning for sanctions. Because of sanctions,
we are all suffering. We do not condone sanctions we want dialogue,"
His deputy, Mr
Museza, also castigated MDC leader Mr Morgan Tsvangirai whom he
accused of agitating for sanctions. He claimed the current hardships
Zimbabweans were enduring were largely because of the irresponsible
actions of the MDC.
Mr Mukwazhi, however,
struggled to convince the gathering that witnessed the launch that
the ZDP was a serious party to pose any meaningful challenge to
existing political parties like Zanu-PF and the MDC formations.
The two left the
hotel in a huff following a barrage of questions from sceptical
journalists who demanded to know why Mr Mukwazhi’s party had just
mushroomed on the eve of an election.
They also wanted
to know the party’s sponsors, its offices’ location and why there
were no banners spelling out the party’s policies and logo during
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