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Now we can focus on politics: VIVA Zimbabwe

By Daniel Chigundu
VIVA Zimbabwe says it welcomes the state’s decision to withdraw a case against its current chairperson Lumumba William Gerald Mutumanje at the Constitutional Court, adding that it gives them the opportunity to now shift their focus to politics.
Acie Lumumba, as Mutumanje is widely known was being accused of contravening section 31A of the country constitution which deals with issues of undermining the authority of the President.
His charges emanate from his party’s first press conference at a local hotel where he said “F**k You” to President Robert Mugabe and threatened to take revenge on his children.
In an interview VIVA Zimbabwe spokesperson Patson Mashingaidze said the his party welcome the decision and that they are now able to focus on gaining more political ground ahead of the elections.
“We have won, it means now we can continue our quests for political space without the persecution of the state which was extreme towards us we could not even get clearance for a press conference.
“Justice prevailed today and we are happy to know that at least jurisprudence is being preserved,” he said.
Zimbabwe is set to go for general elections sometime in 2018 and various political parties have already started canvassing for support from the electorate.
In earlier interviews Mashingaidze told OpenParlyZW that although it appears that his party has been off the radar, the reality is that they have been working underground, encouraging youth to register to vote.
“What we have been up to is that we have started our voter registration campaign going around, we have set teams going in to provinces.
“They are just going down in the rural areas teaching people the importance of voting both youth and even the elderly electorate and we do this as part of our social responsibility and part of what Viva stands for. We want the enlightenment of the society so that we have a better playing ground,” he said.
The youthful party spokesperson added that the key to unlocking a proper political structure in Zimbabwe is giving people an understanding and enlightenment that they are supposed to participate in electoral processes.
VIVA is currently working on holding its inaugural congress sometime this year buoyed by its huge following reportedly in Harare and Bulawayo.
The youthful party is also on record saying that it is not targeting the Presidential election in 2018 but will focus on the 210 Parliamentary seats, adding that they will field youthful candidates for all the seats.
VIVA Zimbabwe said they support moves by others opposition parties for electoral reforms before 2018 polls, adding that they are the first to have talked about the issue before it was taken up by others.

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Daniel Chigundu

Daniel Chigundu is a male journalist in Zimbabwe and has been practising since September 2009. He writes for The Business Connect (newspaper) in Harare, has his own news website Tourism Focus which is biased towards the tourism sector. Daniel is also working with Magamba Network on their project called Open Parliament where they do live coverage of Parliamentary activities on Twitter and Facebook. He is currently the secretary general of the Zimbabwe Parliamentary Journalists Forum, is a member of Zimbabwe Small Broadcasters Association. He holds a Diploma in Communication and Journalism from the Christian College of Southern Africa (CCOSA), a certificate in Youth leadership training from the Friedrich Ebert Stiftung (FES), a certificate in Citizen Journalism from Magamba Network and is currently a first-year student at Zimbabwe Open University studying for a Bachelor of Arts Honours in Ethics and Organisational Leadership.

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