By Marrian Rushwaya
Newly formed opposition, United Zimbabwe Alliance (UZA) launched in Harare Wednesday with founding leader, Elizabeth Valerio placing an ambitious target of 6,5 million voters in next year’s harmonised elections.
Speaking at the launch at the Harare Showgrounds, Valerio emphasised on the need for political reforms in the country for citizens to turn up in more numbers to cast their vote.
She said the current voting regime did not inspire any confidence among some locals who felt that voting was a waste of time and that the vote itself was not secure.
“There are so many things that citizens have expressed; most citizens believe that their votes are not secure and it’s pointless to vote.
“We need to restore confidence in the electoral process and ZEC has to be held accountable for that,” Valerio said.
The politician and businesswoman said her party was already working on reviving the country’s once vibrant industrial base that ceased production due to some tough economic factors of the past years.
“We are working on reviving the industries which have closed and our target is to open about 30 companies.
“We are not going to wait for 2023 but work is already in progress, we are working towards opening 30 companies which is going to improve the employment rate among Zimbabwean citizens.
“We all know that most Zimbabweans are entrepreneurs, so we are going to work with that in helping to revive the closed industries by engaging in a 10-day intensive training in business (MBA) and after that, people will start their own businesses.
“We will ensure that we come up with economic policies, fiscal and monetary policies that will ensure that we have our own and stable currency.”
She emphasised on the need for unity among the citizens regardless of their different political affiliation.
“As Zimbabwean citizens, we are sisters, brothers, nieces; we need to be united and respect each other regardless of one’s political affiliation,” she said.
The new party has put up an ambitious target of achieving 6,5 million votes in the 2023 elections.
Valerio owns one of the biggest Safaris in Hwange.
UZA started last year as a pressure group, but later transformed into a political party.
It was formed on the 29th of May last year.
The new party has four candidates who are campaigning in the upcoming by-elections, two are in Kuwadzana East and Harare Central in Harare while the other two are Mbizo and Kwekwe Central in Midlands.