Youth party seeks coalition with UPM

Ray Matikinye

THE Zimbabwe Youth Alliance (Ziya) is seeking a coalition with the United People’s Movement (UPM), a political party scheduled for launch in December.



na, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif”>Ziya secretary-general, Moses Mutyasira, said his organisation was seeking an alliance with the UPM to avoid a fragmented challenge to the ruling Zanu PF.


Former Information minister and independent MP for Tsholotsho, Jonathan Moyo, fronts the UPM and there is speculation that six suspended Zanu PF chairmen who attended the Tsholotsho meeting last December covertly support the party.


“We respect their ideas and have come to realise that a fragmented approach will not take us out of the political and economic mess created by Zanu PF,” Mutyasira said.


Ziya is a fringe political organisation that contested elections in Masvingo South after the death of Eddison Zvobgo and also fielded a number of candidates in the March election.


“We are still a young political organisation and are convinced that we can tap into the experiences of those behind the UPM. The current crisis in the MDC does not inspire confidence in the electorate,” said Mutyasira.


On nomination day for senatorial election, Ziya fielded candidates in three constituencies in Masvingo and Harare.


In Harare, Ziya candidate Mike Duro will contest the Harare-Mbare-Hatfield constituency while Wilbroad Kanoti will contest Tafara-Mabvuku constituency. Another Ziya candidate will contest the Gutu North/Gutu South constituency.


Moyo could not be reached for comment on the proposition for a coalition with Ziya.


Moyo fell out of favour with President Mugabe after convening a meeting in Tsholotsho to contest the arbitrary nomination of Joice Mujuru to the position of vice-president. Six Zanu PF provincial chairpersons who attended the meeting at Dinyane School were immediately suspended from their posts.

Moyo is believed to be the brains behind the UPM.