By Desire Tshuma
The Zimbabwe Coalition For Peace And Development (ZCPD) Thursday launched an electoral pack in Harare as the party prepares for the 2023 harmonized elections.
Addressing journalists at a press conference in Harare, ZCPD President Trust Chikohora said Zimbabwe has been experiencing multiple socio-economic challenges for many years.
“We believe that these challenges will only be solved sustainably if Zimbabweans come together and build the nation as one people,” said Chikohora.
“Zimbabwe is on the verge of elections which are expected to take place in July or August, and six parties gathered here are members of the Political Actors Dialogue (POLAD). This platform is of political parties in Zimbabwe that was designed to come up with ways to move our country forward through dialogue.”
He said as the coalition they found each other, and shared the same aspirations, adding having the same principles, values and they decided to form what they call an electoral pack.
ZCPD President center flanked by Rev Chikanga (left) and Mr Gava (right)
ZCDP is composed of six parties; namely Coalition Of Democrats – CODE , People’s Democratic Party – PDP, Rebuilding Zimbabwe Party – RZP, United Democracy Movement – UDM, United Democratic People’s Party – UDPP and Straight Black Pride Zimbabwe Partnership – SBPZP.
The coalition founding member parties resolved to participate in the general 2023 elections as an electoral pack of political parties bearing the name Zimbabwe Coalition For Peace And Development ( ZCPD). The coalition agreed to form a unity government if they win elections with Trust Chikohora as their president.
“We have set policies and objectives, we want a culture of democracy through free and fair elections, transparent and verifiable elections, to form an inclusive, responsive and accountable government. We also want to reform our economy to ensure inclusivity, eradication of poverty, sustainable public debt, empowerment of citizens, employment creation, promote equality and improvement of livelihoods and reduce corruption in the government,” said Chikohora.
The Coalition structure is composed of the president Chikohora, vice president Lucia Matibenga from PDP, secretary general Rev Chikanga (RZP) treasurer general Peter Gava (UDPP), organizing secretary Pastor Philip Mugadza from UDM and information and publicity Innocent Netanyahu (SBPZP).