WASHINGTON DC —
The Zimbabweans United for Democracy Party (ZUNDE) formed in the Diaspora in 2013, whose leadership include former High Court Judge, Justice Benjamin Paradza, launched its operations in Zimbabwe on Tuesday saying it will not participate in any national elections until there are tangible electoral reforms.
Speaking at the launch in the capital, party president, Farai Mbira, said his deputy Justice Paradza will represent the party in New Zealand while the party already has structures in Britain, US, Germany, South and South Africa.
Mbira, who described himself a former liberation fighter, said though formed in the diaspora, it is now time to introduce a different brand of politics in Zimbabwe.
Mbira said ZUNDE will work with like-minded people to democratize the electoral process in Zimbabwe.
He said while most Zimbabweans were fed up with President Robert Mugabe and his Zanu PF party policies, they are equally frustrated by the opposition which he described as inept.
Harare youth, Romeo Muswe said ZUNDE was a party of the future.
Political commentator, Fortune Gwaze, said while Zimbabweans are free form political parties it will be hard for any party including ZUNDE to change the electoral playing field in Zimbabwe.
He said it will be hard for ZUNDE to achieve change where the opposition Movement for Democratic Change formation led by Morgan Tsvangirai failed to achieve even as they served in the inclusive government.
ZUNDE joins many other political parties that have been formed since independence but have failed to dislodge Zanu PF from power.
It remains to be seen how ZUNDE will achieve this feat given that some its leaders like Justice Paradza cannot come back to the country where they are facing alleged corruption charges.
Justice Paradza, who fled the country under intense political pressure, did not attend Tuesday’s launch.