Please note that Joice Mujuru went on to found another political party which became an offshoot of Zimbabwe People First, the party is called National People's Party.

Zimbabwe People First
Abbreviation ZPF
Leader Joice Mujuru
President Joice Mujuru
PA to the President Sylvester Nguni
Head of Elections Committee Dzikamai Mavhaire
Head of External Relations John Mvundura
Head of Legal Committee Gift Nyandoro
Slogan Tiri Vavaki, Vavaki veZimbabwe[1]
Founded March 1, 2016
Dissolved 2017
Succeeded by National People's Party
Religion Christian
National affiliation Zimbabwe
Colors Green
Website
ZPF Facebook Page

Zimbabwe People First (ZPF) was a political party in Zimbabwe founded in 2015 by former Zanu-PF senior member and former Zimbabwe Vice President, Joice Mujuru. The party was created to form opposition against Zanu-PF after Joice Mujuru and other now former Zanu-PF members were unceremoniously expelled from Zanu-PF for plotting to unconstitutionally succeed the party leader, Robert Mugabe. The Mujuru faction in Zanu-PF had the nickname Gamatox, a name given to it by one of its members, Didymus Mutasa, who said the farming chemical was needed to remove weevils from the party. "weevils" was in a reference to the faction supposedly led by Jonathan Moyo after Moyo was referred to as a "weevil and "devil incarnate" by Robert Mugabe for attempting to destroy the party from within.

The stated vision of the party was "To Attain Peace, Freedom, Democracy and Prosperity for all".

The party has said its strategy to achieve this is to "Remove All Measurable Pitfalls (RAMP) across all sectors by promoting a full understanding and commitment by the country's leadership and its people to BUILD"

The party is led Joice Mujuru as interim president and it has said it will hold a congress in 2015 to elect its leaders.

Contents

The Naming of the party

The name of the party was initially Zanu People First when its name was first mentioned to the press in early 2015 by Didymus Mutasa. [2]. Party senior member Rugare Gumbo however said in early 2016 that the name was changed to just People First as it was felt the Zanu part was causing confusion and bringing baggage of the leaders being expelled leaders.[1] Eventually, when the party officially launched on 1 March 2016, it was known as Zimbabwe People First.

Launch of Zimbabwe People First

Zimbabwe People First registered its presence at the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (ZEC) 12 February 2016. However, it was later launched at a press conference in Harare on 1 March 2016. At the press conference, Mujuru declared:

Zimbabwe does not have any currency of its for many years now. Infrastructure is old and dilapidated and advently in need of repair if not complete replacement with the most modern technology.

The investment environment is crowded by multiple incoherent policies. Inadequate and unaffordable credit finance and an urgent to reform a parasitic non-performing parastatal sector.

This has given rise to economic decay in both urban and rural area centres across the whole country.

Zimbabwe urgently needs investor friendly and market driven policies to stimulate economic activity. I order for all this to take effect the scourge of corruption will need to be totally uprooted so that the nation is rid of its cancer and evil spirit.

There's an urgent need to create jobs for the huge growing army of unemployed. Our Blueprint to Unlock Investment and Leverage Development outlines our policy plans to change Zimbabwe for good.

Zimbabwe people first believes in Zimbabwe that belongs to all people regardless of disability, ethnicity, gender, nationality, political affiliation or religious affiliation. This was an important value of Zimbabwe's liberation struggle. And Zimbabwe People First is entirely devoted to this particular value.

Today that unjust system, ZANLA, ZIPRA and the Zimbabwean masses fought against remains a noose around our necks as that system has stolen any hope for the people of Zimbabwe. Zimbabwe People First is a dynamic party that embraces the future. A party that offers transformation and hope to the young and old people of Zimbabwe. A party that will remove the unjust system once and for all through economic political and social reform.

Zimbabwe People First believes in a Zimbabwe where the civil service is apolitical. "[3]

Ideology

Zimbabwe People First Pamphlet at launch of Party Manifesto 8 September 2015

Zimbabwe People First is a democratic party that has said it is "guided by the values of the liberation struggle, of self determination, self-dignity, self-pride, expressed through the adoption of market driven policies under a constitutional democracy, with the State acting as a facilitator and regulator to allow for a level playing field and provide equal opportunities for all."

Prominent Members

Funding

The party wass funded privately by its membership.

BUILD Manifesto

Zimbabwe people first launched its BUILD party manifesto on 8 September 2015. BUILD stands for Blueprint to Unlock Investment and Leverage for Development. Ideals proposed by the Manifesto include:

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Structure and Constitution

Zimbabwe's People First has not made its constitution available yet publicly and it has not held it's first congress to announce its substantive party structure. It's interim president is Joice Mujuru.

Criticism

Zimbabwe people first was criticised for having its founding roots in its members being expelled from Zanu-PF as opposed to leaving of their own volition. The party has also been criticised of having a leadership that contributed significantly to the economic problems and human rights violations that Zanu-PF is blamed for. It has therefore been said that ZPF is just Zanu-PF with a different name.[3]


Some Articles About Zimbabwe People First

Zim PF planning to join coalition of opposition parties Wed Jul 12 2017

Mujuru is just like Zanu PF: Says former colleagues at ZimPF Mon May 29 2017

Zimbabwe People First splits again Tue Apr 25 2017

See more news on Zimbabwe People First

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 Mugove Tafirenyika, Mujuru's People First roars to life, Daily News, Published: 29 Jan 2016, Retrieved:7 Mar 2016
  2. Mugabe welcome to People First, says Mutasa , Newzimbabwe.com, Published:17 April 2015, Retrieved:7 Mar 2016
  3. 3.0 3.1 Video of People First leader Joice Mujuru presser, NewsDay , Published:1 Mar 2016 , Retrieved:1 Mar 2016 Cite error: Invalid <ref> tag; name "nd1mar16" defined multiple times with different content
  4. Richard Chidza, Mujuru unveils party manifesto, NewsDay , Published:8 Sep 2015 , Retrieved:2 Mar 2016