The Green Party OF Zimbabwe
UNITED CRUSADE FOR ACHIEVING DEMOCRACY
On 1st of August, a new opposition political party called UNITED CRUSADE FOR ACHIEVING DEMOCRACY (Also known as UCAD) Green Party is formally formed by the people of Zimbabwe from all walks of life. UCAD Green is the Green Party for Zimbabwe, having been initiated in January 2007 but could not be formally launched. It was agreed in January 2007 to form a new opposition political party to augment the existing opposition political parties in the country.
On 29 May 2007 while in the process of forming up this formidable, democratic and new opposition party to oppose the ruling ZANU PF party; seven of its top interim leaders who are Albert Mugove Matapo, the party President, Nyasha Zivuku, Oncemore Mudzurahona, Patson Mupfure, Emmanuel Marara, Shingirai Webester Mutemachani and Rangarirai Mazivofa were all abducted by people wearing plain clothes who did not identify themselves. After days of severe torture, the seven were then taken to Harare Central Police Station Law and Order section where they were further interrogated before finally being taken to Harare Magistrate court where they were all put on Treason charges. They were alleged to have been plotting a coup d` Tat in place of forming a political party. The process of forming a new political party is what was deliberately misinterpreted to be a process of plotting a Coup d` Tat. This was merely a way of silencing us and ensuring that this formidable opposition political party would die a premature death. Several other people who were suspected to have been associated with the new political front and/or the seven leaders were also abducted and severely tortured. UCAD does not yet have details of what happened to most of them. The six out of seven leaders who were thrown into prison in 2007 were released in 2011. however the UCAD Green party leader Albert Mugove Matapo was only released on 1 March 2014 after being kept in prison for seven years.
The people of Zimbabwe from all walks of life who agreed to form UCAD Green party noted the failure and inability of the ruling ZANU PF Government to govern Zimbabwe justly, democratically, transparently, honestly, equitably, fairly, without segregation, without tribal divisions etc. We noted that the ZANU PF government had totally failed to eradicate the rampant corruption at all levels of the society, to eradicate poverty, to conduct free, regular and fair elections without rigging, that the ZANU PF government is made up of egocentric leaders who have and who continue to amass wealth at the expense of the nation, a ZANU PF party that has proved to be a racial regime, one that allocates the few remaining national resources on partisan grounds. The ZANU PF party that has totally failed to address the economic challenges facing the nation. We are quite aware that ZANU PF party is very good at misrepresenting facts to the whole world, promoting the looting of resources, putting together mechanisms to rig national elections, persecute citizens, disregard the rule of law, putting blame on others particularly the West for their own failures, in the process destroying the economy etc. On the other hand, we noted that Zimbabwe as a nation was above all political organisations and their leaders hence all people were expected to ensure that the interests of the nation were more important than individual or party interests.
UCAD Green Party feels that Zimbabweans deserve better deals than those at hand. We noted that the major existing opposition parties that most Zimbabweans pin their hopes on in order to be taken from Egypt to Canaan, albeit initially democratic, had lost the ability and the will power to fulfil their promises. The existing so called Progressive and Democratic opposition political parties in Zimbabwe have since lost the ability to change the status or to continue offering any meaningful opposition to the ruling ZANU PF party. The Progressive opposition parties that are currently in the playing field have a very limited capacity to see in the future and this has been a serious setback to the majority who are longing for nothing other than total change. Those leading these opposition parties have somewhat proved to be incapable and inept to outwit ZANU PF and its dirty tactics. Most of the opposition leaders have since chosen to work and dine with ZANU PF secretly. They have literally become ZANU PF in the making. The top leadership of these opposition parties have been heavily infiltrated by the State Security Agents and ZANU PF operatives. Furthermore, the opposition leaders have proved to have joined the bandwagon of accepting bribes and of corrupt practices, all at the expense of the nation. The nation, over the years, received so many assurances before every other election from top opposition leaders that they knew all the ZANU PF rigging tactics, but just soon after election, the same top leaders would cry foul. Zanu PF`s rigging machinery is so sophisticated that if careful planning is not put in place then Zimbabwe will remain under dictatorship for many more years to come. Zanu PF is following examples of Myanmar(Burma), Cuba, North Korea, etc. We are aware that the nation no longer has faith in these leaders. Some top leaders chose to get into marriage unions with children of ZANU PF’s Central Committee members and in the process creating a conflict of interests. There is no secret that any reasonable person may share with people who have such linkages with Zanu PF like that. The opposition won in both 2008 and 2013 but failed to both claim victory and wrestle power from these ruling ZANU PF Party thieves, murderers, liars, etc. The opposition leaders proved that they had eyes to see but were not able to see, had ears to hear but could not hear. Those opposition leaders who enjoyed the popular support, comfort of the Government of National Unity (GNU,) still enjoy the benefits and have no reason to worry hence have indeed failed to turn the popular people support into People Power. They have virtually taken a position of quiet diplomacy. It appears as if everything is normal in Zimbabwe and yet so many human rights abuses are taking place throughout the country. This is because the opposition top leadership has tasted both power and looting as they were taught by ZANU PF over the years, hence have now become pro-ZANU PF in the making and they like ZANU PF. there are also other small opposition parties who are ZANU PF projects themselves as they are being secretly funded by Mugabe. Some so called Independent Newspapers have also been silenced by ZANU PF. They have become as polarised and biased as the state papers. They only report news from selected corners and in a tone that only favours those they wish to promote. They do not call a spade a spade. Genuine news is left out in the process. UCAD Green party is aware of all this and hopes to work to bring back all the lost hopes. We are fully aware that some leaders are very good at misleading the nation while at the same time fail to bring anything on the table. UCAD Green leaders were abducted, thrown into Chikurubi Maximum Prison for seven years without trial, abused while
in prison by being tortured, being denied access to food, denied medication, being intimidated day in day out, being regarded as high risk prisoners so were being kept under very tough conditions until they got released by God`s grace. The UCAD Green leaders’ families were persecuted in all forms, had their properties expropriated by both the State Agents and also by the State. Several lies have been fashioned by the State media against UCAD Green and its leadership, all in an effort to silence it. Against all odds, UCAD Green has chosen to proceed with democratic political activities as enshrined in the Constitution of Zimbabwe. UCAD Green leaders have thus got into the political playing field. They have moved from the political terraces in which some of them were for many past years, right into the political playing field-so the political match can be played. UCAD Green party has noted all the problems that the nation is experiencing hence we promise to address all of them within a reasonable timeframe once voted into power in the next elections.
UCAD Green wishes to advise the people of this nation that some people or top opposition leaders whom the nation used to bank on have since shifted goals to making politics a money making venture. We should all move with time if we are to stop ZANU PF from continuing to run this nation down. Everyone has to open up their eyes if we are to defeat Zanu PF. UCAD Green appreciates all efforts that have been done by all those who were and who are still committed to the struggle. We also acknowledge, remember and respect those who died for the struggle. UCAD Green does not respect Zanu PF heroes who are not National heroes. National Heroes can only be chosen by a national body and not a Zanu PF committee.
UCAD Green is a broad-based political party with leaders who are well seasoned, highly educated and experienced, knowledgeable, willing to save the nation, who are democratic and who promise to do everything through democratic means. We are dedicated to the promotion and advancement of human rights and to setting up of a government based on the principles of freedom and good governance. Our democratic principles shall be aimed at ensuring that there is balance between the people and nature, all people in spite of race, creed, political affiliation, sexual orientation, religion etc.
The Party’s flag.
This is rectangular in shape whose length is one and two thirds its width. For example if the flag’s width was 6m then its length would be (5x6/3) =10m. It is multi-coloured with two opposite corners with diagonals, four stripes of blue, black, white and green colours. The corners with these stripes being the top right hand corner and the bottom left hand corner. The whole flag has a predominantly white background. The Zimbabwe bird is both black and white in colour and is situated on the top left corner. Victoria Falls is also in black and white right plus blue colours at the bottom right hand corner of the flag. The five red stars are scattered at the centre (on a white background) so that when joined the letter “W’’ is produced. The letter ‘’W’’represents the word Water. The party symbol is written in its original colours being situated right at the centre of the flag. Some stars may be sitting on the Party symbol. The phrase UCAD GREEN is written in white on the black and on various black bands on the flag.
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we are Zimbabweans and we are proud of our Zimbabwean identity.
Our nation building requires more enthusiasm and the involvement of every sector of society.