By own correspondent
California based Zimbabwean Presidential aspirant Violet Marichaya has acted on her declaration to compete in the country’s big-league politics by launching her party the United Democracy Movement (UDM) at a policy convention held in Bulawayo last week.
According to the party, about 366 policy-makers drawn from all of the country’s 10 Provinces attended and participated in setting up of the UDM national executive council and formulation of the party’s policies.
Marichaya becomes the second female Presidential aspirant to publicly announce her intention to challenge President Robert Mugabe, following after Joice Mujuru.
The Presidential aspirant got media attention when she officially announced her political intentions in August this year.
Speaking at the official launch of the party, Marichaya said better days are ahead and that her supporters should start to blow the victory trumpets.
“I am not better or wiser than any of you but I am prepared to walk and learn from you with the same humility that you have over these past days prepared for me and demonstrated towards me.
“…Let us reclaim our youths in the rural areas, cities and diaspora from violence and restore hope to the hopeless,” she said.
Marichaya is a businesswoman and says she has been a political activist since the 1990’s.
A few months back Marichaya launched a petition requesting the United Nations to intervene in forthcoming 2018 elections to ensure a safe and transparent poll.
The petition came as part of Marichaya’s vision to end violence in Zimbabwe’s elections.
Dubbed the ‘SheJoshua’ by her supporters in reference to the biblical Joshua who led the Israelites into the promised land, her entry into the political field has generally been lukewarm with most people opinionating that her stay in the West has made her be out of touch with the reality in Zimbabwe.
Marichaya comes into the political arena as a fresh face and offers an untainted candidacy in an arena where most candidates have fallen out of public favour for one reason or another.