By Daniel Chigundu
FORMER Industry and International Trade Minister Nkosana Moyo has announced that he will be contesting for the country’s Presidency in the impending 2018 general elections.
Addressing a press conference, Moyo said the economic situation has been long, tiresome and destructive and it is now time to say enough is enough.
“On account of these things, I have come to the conclusion that, I must heed the call to run for the office of President of Zimbabwe.
“This call is coming from diverse Zimbabweans. You may be surprised to learn that the people making this call include members of virtually all the political formations and of course people who do not belong to any political party as well.
“This is a good thing because it speaks to the need for the cohesion that I referred to above. We all have one thing in common, ‘we are Zimbabweans’, we clearly are looking for a government that puts the interests and well-being of citizens above all else.
“We want a government that will treat our citizenship as superior to our gender, colour, religion, tribe, political party or anything else that could be used to pigeonhole us in any way. I am very encouraged by this development because it tells me that we are ready as a nation. It is time,” he said.
Moyo added that after wide consultation and discussion on whether or not he should run as an independent candidate, he has concluded that the only platform that can help achieve the goal is a people’s movement.
“The other issue that has raised a lot of debate is the question of an independent presidency. Through extensive consultations and discussions with you fellow citizens it has become clear that the behaviour we need in a head of state is not necessarily through the route of an independent candidacy.
“It is achieved rather through choosing the right person. The vehicle or platform used for the process must however be based on ownership by citizens. On the basis of these engagements with fellow Zimbabwean, I have concluded that the vehicle for my candidacy has to be a people’s movement.
“This is after all about the people and their agenda. Working with some of you, the vehicle we have settled on is Alliance for the People’s Agenda or APA in short,” he said.
However, in an interview on the sidelines of the announcement, Norton legislator Temba Mliswa said Nkosana Moyo is not a politician but just a stubborn technocrat and will not achieve anything.
“He is a technocrat and not a politician, I told him to go and talk to the people in the rural areas first but he is stubborn.
“He should have gone to his rural home in Mberengwa and sit down with chiefs, war veterans and local people and launch his movement there but he doesn’t listen.
“How can one win without support from his own home area, for example the people in Hurungwe West are actually appealing for me to return and represent them, I am confused now whether to stand in Norton or Hurungwe West,” he said.