2018 Election Guide: Zimbabwean Political Parties

By Portia Sigauke 

Zimbabwe is gearing up for the 2018 Elections. It’s important to know who the different political players are. While we tried to compile the list with as much information as possible we still faced a major challenge accessing information from the political parties. Some of the political parties have no website, offices or designated contact person. If you have information that could be valuable to this list please kindly leave a comment in the comment section.  This particular post focuses on the leadership

Name of Political Party Leader Profile
Zimbabwe African National Union – Patriotic Front

National Assembly 159

Senate 37

President Robert Mugabe Robert Gabriel Mugabe is a Zimbabwean revolutionary and politician who has governed the Republic of Zimbabwe as its President since 1987, having previously governed as its Prime Minister from 1980 to 1987.

Born: February 21, 1924 (age 92 years), Kutama, Zimbabwe

 

Movement for Democratic Change – Tsvangirai

National Assembly 49

Senate 17

Morgan Richard Tsvangirai Morgan Richard Tsvangirai is a Zimbabwean politician who was Prime Minister of Zimbabwe from 2009 to 2013. He is President of the Movement for Democratic Change – Tsvangirai and a key figure in the opposition to President Robert Mugabe.

Born: March 10, 1952 (age 64 years), Gutu, Zimbabwe

 

Movement for Democratic Change – Ncube

 

National Assembly 0

Senate 2

Prof. Welshman Ncube Welshman Ncube (born 7 July 1961) is a Zimbabwean politician, lawyer and businessman. He is the 3rd President of the Movement for Democratic Change (MDC), a practicing lawyer in the firm Mathonsi Ncube Law Chambers[1] where he is the senior partner at their Bulawayo offices and runs a number of business ventures including a farm in the Midlands Province. He served as a member of the House of Assembly of Zimbabwe for 13 years, from 2000 -2013 and as Minister for Commerce and Industry from 2009 to 2013.

 

Zimbabwe African People’s Union The Zimbabwe African People’s Union (ZAPU) is a Zimbabwean political party. It was a militant organisation and political party that fought for the national liberation of Zimbabwe from its founding in 1961 until independence in 1980. In 1987 it merged with the Zimbabwe African National Union – Patriotic Front (ZANU – PF) and was relaunched in 2008.

National Assembly 0

Senate 0

Zimbabwe First Party

National Assembly 0

Senate 0

DR. Joice Mujuru Joice Mujuru (born Runaida Mugari on 15 April 1955) is a Zimbabwean politician who served as Vice-President of Zimbabwe from 2004 to 2014. Previously she served as a government minister since independence in 1980. She also served as Vice-President of ZANU-PF. She was married to Solomon Mujuru until his death in 2011 and was long considered a potential successor to President Robert Mugabe, but in 2014 she was denounced for allegedly plotting against Mugabe. As a result of the accusations against her, Mujuru lost both her post as Vice-President and her position in the party leadership. She was expelled from the party a few months later. She is the leader of the new Zimbabwe People First party.

 

People’s Democratic Party (PDP)

National Assembly 0

Senate 0

Tendai Biti Tendai Laxton Biti (born 6 August 1966) is a Zimbabwean politician who served as Zimbabwe’s Minister of Finance from 2009 to 2013. He was the Secretary-General of the Movement for Democratic Change and the subsequent Movement for Democratic Change – Tsvangirai (MDC-T) political parties and a Member of Parliament for Harare East until he was expelled from the party and recalled from parliament in mid-2014. In 2015 Biti joined other disaffected MDC-T members in a breakaway group, MDC-Renewal, becoming its secretary-general. In September 2015, MDC-Renewal launched as a separate party, the People’s Democratic Party, and Biti was elected president of the new party.

 

Zimbabwe Freedom Front

National Assembly 0

Senate 0

Cosmas Mponda
Free Zimbabwe Congress

National Assembly 0

Senate 0

Joseph Busha  Makamba Joseph Busha Makamba is a Zimbabwean politician and entrepreneur. He is the president of Freezim Congress party.

Hs is the founder and Managing Director of JM BUSHA Investment Group, which has subsidiary companies in Lesotho, Namibia, South Africa, Swaziland, Zambia and Zimbabwe. He is also the chief investment officer responsible for managing about R5.0 billion in retirement funds.

 

Zimbabwe African National Union – Ndonga

National Assembly 0

Senate 0

Wilson Kumbila Wilson Kumbula is a Zimbabwean politician. He is the current leader of the Zimbabwe African National Union – Ndonga, which carried 1% of the votes in the 2002 presidential election. The Zimbabwe African National Union was a political party during the Rhodesian Bush War, formed as a split from the Zimbabwe African Peoples Union. Its founders were the Reverend Ndabaningi Sithole and Herbert Chitepo, who were dissatisfied with the militant tactics of Nkomo in ZAPU. ZANU–Ndonga’s candidate, Wilson Kumbila, won 1.0% in the March 2002 presidential election. After the parliamentary election held on 31 March 2005, the party remained without parliamentary representation.

 

Zimbabwe African People’s Union

National Assembly 0

Senate 0

Dumiso Dabengwa Dabengwa is a Zimbabwean politician. He served as the head of Zimbabwe People’s Revolutionary Army (ZIPRA) intelligence during the Rhodesian Bush War. In 1987 the leader of the revived Zimbabwe African People’s Union (ZAPU), which was separated from the unity accord of 1987.

 

Zimbabwe African People’s Union – Federal Party

National Assembly 0

Senate 0

The Zimbabwe African People’s Union – Federal Party is a minor Zimbabwean political party, based in Matabeleland. ZAPU-FP split from Agrippa Madlela’s ZAPU party, purportedly a revival of those members of ZAPU who had rejected the 1987 merger with ZANU-PF  in January 2002, following ZAPU’s decision not to contest the Zimbabwean presidential election, 2002 [3] and amidst accusations that ZAPU-FP founder Paul Siwela had accepted payments from ZANU-PF to run in the election and thereby split the anti-Mugabe vote in Matabeleland.

 

Zimbabwe People’s Democratic Party

National Assembly 0

Senate 0

 Freedom Justice Coalition Zimbabwe Party[2]

National Assembly 0

Senate 0

Nathan Banana Nathan Sipho Banana is a Zimbabwean politician, philanthropist and president of the Freedom Justice Coalition of Zimbabwe (FJCZ) which he founded. Banana is the son of former Zimbabwean president, the late Canaan Banana. Banana was born in Rhodesia in 1967. A new generation political platform that aims to improve Zimbabwe’s political processes of leadership,and help people play an equal part in governance .

 

Zimbabwe National Democratic Party

National Assembly 0

Senate 0

The National Democratic Party (NDP) was formed on 1 January in 1960 and it became the second African nationalist political party to spearhead the liberation struggle in the then Southern Rhodesia (present day Zimbabwe) which brought independence in 1980. It was formed at the height of enormous grievances by Africans. As a result of this, the party capitalised on these grievances to draw and widen its support base.

 

Democratic Assembly for Restoration and Empowerment

National Assembly 0

Senate 0

Gilbert Dzikiti
Dawn/Mavambo Kusile

National Assembly 0

Senate 0

Simba Makoni is a Zimbabwean politician who is the founder and president of Mavambo/Kusile/Dawn political party. He worked for the Zimbabwe African National Union Patriotic Front (ZANU PF) government as cabinet minister until 2002 when he broke away to form his own party. He was born Simbarashe Hebert Stanley Makoni on the 22nd of March 1950.

 

Defunct Zimbabwean Parties

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One thought on “2018 Election Guide: Zimbabwean Political Parties

  1. Find information about Build Zimbabwe Alliance being led by Dr. Noah Manyika and it was registered as a political party in 2016 and they have a website and contact details for more information.

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