September 29, 2022

An engineer forms a new political party and pledges to unite a divided country

By Reason Razao

Renowned engineer and banker Wilbert Mubaiwa has launched a new political party which will contest next year’s general elections.

The new party, which uses blue and purple color codes, is known as the National People’s Congress (NPC).

The party kicked off in Harare on Saturday afternoon, with Mubaiwa, who claims to be a Pan-Africanist, pledging to unite a polarized nation.

Addressing delegates at the launch, drawn from all 10 provinces of the country, Mubaiwa said his party was centralist in nature and different from other political parties in terms of ideology.

“We don’t believe in pointing fingers and fighting other parties; we believe in delivering solutions,” Mubaiwa told delegates at the launch.

Mubaiwa, a South Guruve losing independent candidate in the 2018 elections, said he has been planning to launch the party since 2019.

“We thought about a lot of things before proposing this new party,” he said.

“We know that there are over 100 political parties registered with the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (ZEC) and we are providing an alternative among all these political parties.”

The former Sunway City general manager said his party was rooted in the concept of Ubuntu.

“Ubuntu involves Africanism. If you see me talking to a Zanu PF leader, that doesn’t mean I’m sold,” he said,

“When you see me having dinner with officials from the Citizen Coalition for Change (CCC), it means that there is an osmosis of ideas. Being in different political parties does not make us enemies.