Zimbabwe First (ZimFirst), seeks to build a free society with a government that enacts the will of the people instead of catering to the whims of the powerful. A ZimFirst government will be eternally fearful of the will of the people and forever restrained by the limits of the constitution which governs it.
By Dr. Maxwell Zeb Shumba
Zimbabwe First (ZimFirst) was founded on 10 April 2015 and officially launched on 26 September 2015 in Murewa, at a colourful ceremony attended by thousands of people from the 10 provinces in the country.
The party’s ideology is Country First and People First, meaning that the citizens of Zimbabwe should dedicate all their effort towards promoting the interests of country and its people first. Zimbabwe needs to be refocused into the future by a political adult, who will lead the country in a new direction towards prosperity and the political adult is ZimFirst.
As a party, ZimFirst has begun to prepare the country for a future economic boom by putting in place new the systems to achieve an unsoiled leadership which is forward thinking, a committed leadership willing to install a transparent and accountable system of government, and through the development of think tanks to work on the blueprint of a brighter future for Zimbabwe. .
ZimFirst promises to bring a breath of fresh air to the country’s political landscape as it prides itself to being a party that will transcend petty personal politics and pointless abuses of power to build a strong, free, and democratic Zimbabwe through the electoral process.
The policies of ZimFirst are essential if we are to overcome the present turmoil and create a sustainable and fair future for our country. Our vision is of a fairer society that meets everyone’s needs, and an economy that works for us rather than against us.
It is for a more equal society and for higher incomes for public servants rather than corrupt ministers. For stronger local community with quality education for the children. Health, safe, and quality food with enough time to appreciate it. This dream is achievable. All it requires is political courage – and popular democratic support backing that courage. In its first five years in office after elected, the party would bring direct investment to boost manufacturing and raw material processing capability to provide jobs, quality goods for local consumption and export.
Zimbabwe is labouring under a debilitating liquidity crunch, a collapsed manufacturing sector and an 80 percent unemployment keg, mostly inundated by the youth.
The collapse of Zimbabwe’s manufacturing and agricultural industries has cut the size of the economy by half and left the nation with fewer people in formal employment than at any time in almost half a century.
About 700,000 people have formal jobs, almost equally split between the state and private companies, government and independent statistics show. That’s the lowest number since 1968, when President Mugabe was a jailed freedom fighter, and Rhodesian Prime Minister Ian Smith’s white-minority government was under sanctions for unilaterally declaring independence from the U.K.
ZimFirst party will be governed by the three core value pillars of honesty, accountability and unity, and seeks to thereby achieve the stated goals of national unity, economic transformation, transparency, and accountability.
ZimFirst is necessary to overcome rampant inequality and corruption, to modernize the economy through deregulation and laissez-faire policy. Only ZimFirst can enact the lessons learned from the past financial crisis.
Corruption is endemic in our nation and is the elephant in the room. Leaders in all spheres of our society will be asked to act in unison to address the scourge which can easily dash away any hopes of economic recovery. Last year the Deputy Ambassador of Sweden Maria Selin said although corruption was everywhere, in Zimbabwe the scourge was “rampant”.
ZimFirst promises to enforce the anti corruption laws and commit to arrest the scourge of corruption as the party has a vision for Zimbabwe that would see a better quality of life for everyone.
ZimFirst will build a free society with a government that enacts the will of the people instead of catering to the whims of the powerful. Our government will be eternally fearful of the will of the people and forever restrained by the limits of the constitution which governs it.
ZimFirst emphatically reject the tenets of any political system or form of government or political idea that sets one person above another, that limits the freedom of the individual for the ‘greater good’, or attempts to convince any individual that they have no rights or fewer rights than the rights man is endowed with by their Creator.
The ZimFirst Party boldly declares that in our society, the checks and balances in our government includes the individual, private organizations such as businesses or churches or political groups, and federated governments such as the local, state, and national government.
By distributing the power to govern among the people, organizations, and governments, no one person or group of people would be able to obtain much power over the rest.
The party also declares that the bounty of this world has plenty to provide for all if the individual is freed from constraints of government to enable to seek his own fortune in life. The man who has obtained wealth is capable of providing charity to the poor, jobs to those who want them, and also to pursue the critical role of participating in politics to keep government constrained.
As a party we encourage all men and women to embrace their freedom and seek their own fortunes. Once they have obtained it, they have the right to spend their time and resources as they see fit in service to their fellow man, without the entanglement of an intruding government.
Some of the projects ZimFirst would embark on once it comes into office are:
Electrification of the railway line and the introduction of inner-city electric train (RAPIDS) lines.
Introduction of a Fair and just National Land Resettlement Program (NLRP) under the National Agrarian revolution program to achieve the resuscitation of agricultural output by building canals from major rivers to support irrigation schemes.
Build Kunzvi Dam and Zambezi Water Pipeline to provide uninterrupted supply of clean water.
Modernise Zimbabwe’s rural areas (Piped water and enhancement and expansion of the rural electrification program).
Expand and modernize Zimbabwe’s road network.
Resuscitate the Health Sector.
Guarantee freedom of speech and association.
Invest in the provision of quality education.
Build genuine international relationships to promote Zimbabwe’s good standing on the global map.
Introduce fair taxation laws.
- Dr. Maxwell Zeb Shumba is Zimbabwe a First ( ZimFirst) President. He writes in his own capacity.