1. RULE OF LAW: We believe the law should be observed by all regardless of stature. We are against weaponisation of the law. All legislation enacted by the UZA government shall seek to promote lawfulness, maintenance of peace and the prosperity of our country.

What UZA Shall Do About Rule of Law:

    • Correct deviations from the constitution and enact legislation in consultation with citizens,
      in the interest of our nation.
    • Safeguard the human and entrepreneurial rights of every citizen.
    • Ensure the protection of private and public property as well as enterprise.
    • Protect the human rights of every person in police custody, in remand and awaiting a trial, or in prison serving a sentence.
    • Put in place strict measures to ensure that public officials adhere to the laws of Zimbabwe.

Context for Separation of Powers: The doctrine of separation of powers states that for a free and democratic society to exist, there must be a clear separation between the three branches of government, namely, the Executive Branch (the President, Vice-Presidents and Ministers); the Legislature (the Senate and House of Assembly) and the Judicial Branch (judicial officers and the courts over which they preside). If one of these branches encroaches upon the functions of the others, freedom and the rule of law are jeapardised.

Zimbabwe does not have a good record of observing the separation of powers. Section 164 of the Constitution of Zimbabwe states that courts must apply the law and Constitution "impartially, expeditiously and without fear, favour or prejudice". This is a key component of a free and democratic society.

What UZA Shall Do About Separation of Powers:

    • Promote the autonomy of the judiciary.
    • Restore the powers of the courts and the autonomy of the judiciary to pass sentences without the undue interference of politicians.
    • Abolish constitutional amendments that award undue powers to the sitting president, including but not limited to the ability to hand-pick judges.
    • Ensure that parliamentarians consult their constituents and carry out their legislative duties.
    • Review controversial bills such as the PVO bill and ensure citizens participation when such bills are being reviewed.


2. CORRUPTION: UZA recognizes that corruption across Zimbabwe is robbing citizens of efficient service delivery. The problem lies not only in the lack of efficient monitoring systems and accountability, but also in the dearth of public officials with strong moral character, honesty and integrity. The Zimbabwe Anti-Corruption Commission (ZACC) was established constitutionally and has clear guidelines for addressing corruption in Zimbabwe, yet corruption has taken root and service delivery in most towns and cities has vastly declined. Corruption and lack of accountability and transparency are among the main causes of poor service delivery.

UZA will work to stop endemic corruption and the lack of accountability, particularly among public institutions entrusted with safeguarding the interests and resources of Zimbabweans. .

What UZA Shall Do About Corruption:

    • Carry out an uncompromised, comprehensive audit of the Zimbabwe Anti-Corruption Commission (ZACC) to assess its effectiveness and address issues relating to oversight.
    • Strengthen ZACC’s capacity to promptly and judiciously carry out timely investigations and prosecute all allegations of corruption.
    • Prohibit politicians who are found guilty of bribery and corruption from standing as candidates in any subsequent election.
    • Ensure that ZACC is able to operate without political interference. UZA shall not make any excuses for corrupt public and private office-holders.
    • Ensure that whistleblowers are well protected.
    • Implement life-style audits.


3. TRUTH & RECONCILIATION: Everyone must be included in the building of a strong economy for our country. We need new jobs and more opportunities for all citizens - but, before we can expect real stability as a united and purposeful nation, we must face the troubling realities of our nation’s history. Our country’s wounds have not yet healed.

UZA believes reconciliation rather than retribution could help Zimbabweans to put the dark chapters of the past years behind them.

What UZA Shall Do About Truth & Reconciliation:

    • Carry out an urgent review of what the National Peace & Reconciliation Commission (NPRC) has achieved with a view of finding out if there are any shortcomings.  Extensive consultations will be done with the affected populace as part of the review.
    • Quickly address any shortcomings that are identified through the NPRC review process.
    • Rehabilitate and guarantee state assistance for victims of past crimes as a means of restitution for their prior economic and social status. The affected families will be economically equipped and prepared for adequate self-reliance and self-sufficiency. Material support will be made available for training, education and business ventures benefitting the victims and their families.


4. CITIZENS RIGHTS: The fundamental rights of the citizens of Zimbabwe are defined in Chapter 4 of the Constitution of Zimbabwe. The State and every person, including juristic persons, and every institution and agency of the government at every level must respect, protect, promote and fulfill the rights and freedoms set out in the Constitution. These rights include but are not limited to the right to life; the right to personal liberty; the right to human dignity; the right to personal security; freedom of movement; labour rights; political rights; the right to education; the right to healthcare; marriage rights and the right to food and water.

UZA is committed to upholding human rights, as enshrined in the Constitution of Zimbabwe.

What UZA Shall Do About Citizens Rights:

    • Education: Guarantee all citizens and permanent residents of Zimbabwe the right to free primary school education. We will ensure that citizens have a right to State funded adult basic education. We will also ensure that every person has the right to register and establish independent educational institutions of reasonable standards.
    • Inheritance: Carry out a complete review of all inheritance laws. Women in Zimbabwe face perennial battles with relatives over inheritance. Our country’s laws recognise civil, customary and unregistered customary marriages.
    • Freedom of Expression & Association (Particularly within the political space): In consultation with the citizens of Zimbabwe, review all draconian laws to ensure that no citizen should be unjustly persecuted for political reasons.
    • Labour: In consultation with the citizens of Zimbabwe, review all existing labour policies and laws that are retrogressive and insensitive to contemporary social and economic systems. UZA will ensure the good welfare of all employees in Zimbabwe.
    • Pensions: Investigate insurance and pension schemes and grant citizens the option to contribute to any pension fund of their choice.
    • Property Rights: Respect property rights and protect private investments.
    • Water & Food: Take reasonable legislative and other measures to achieve the progressive realisation of every person’s right to safe, clean and potable water; and the right to sufficient food as required by the Constitution of Zimbabwe.


5. ELECTORAL REFORM: Electoral accountability will be one of our greatest priorities as the United Zimbabwe Alliance. Issues raised during elections and found to be relevant must be included in electoral reforms. The freedom of every Zimbabwean relies on the credibility of our elections. We must enact electoral reform and ensure transparency and accountability for a genuinely credible electoral system that promotes and protects the rights of every Zimbabwean and ensures the vote and will of the people - not the influence of a few corrupt individuals.

UZA is highly focused on sustainable solutions to the challenges we face as Zimbabweans. We are advocates for quality and inclusive governance in Zimbabwe’s political system. There should be no anomalies or discrepancies that introduce bias or lack of confidence in the electoral system. In the context of elections, sustaining Zimbabwe’s democracy relies on the credibility of our country’s institutions. The framework must be improved, particularly regarding ensuring transparency and public access to all phases of the electoral processes and identifying a clear path for resolving disputes.

What UZA Shall Do About Electoral Reform:

    • Depoliticise ZEC as a matter of priority.

    • Introduce e-voting for citizens in the diaspora and ensure they are granted suffrage.

    • Avail at no cost, the voter’s roll and comprehensive, inclusive, accessible voter education resources to all eligible voters throughout the year.

    • Expand provisions to ensure the participation of stakeholders in the delimitation process.

    • Assess why some provinces have higher voter registration numbers than others to determine if voter registration and voter education is being carried out sufficiently and efficiently in all provinces including in under-registered provinces. UZA will further ensure that a renewed registration drive is undertaken to enhance registration in under-registered provinces.

    • Implement data driven processes to elucidate migratory patterns which currently are not clear. It is unknown how many citizens living outside the borders of Zimbabwe return home to vote. Also, more and more displaced populations are moving closer to urban areas, and many who migrated out of the country return to urban areas.

    • Link boundary delimitation to registered voters not population census and statistic data.
      The Constitution of Zimbabwe bases delimitation on the number of registered voters.
      Low levels of registrations therefore result in a loss of seats and affect citizens' representation in Parliament.

    • Make provisions to ensure that women have equal and meaningful representation and participation in all facets of governance. This has not been the case in Zimbabwe where
      we currently have just 33.2% female representation in the National Assembly.

    • Create an environment that is conducive for peaceful, free, fair and credible elections.

      o We will have zero tolerance for political violence.

      o We will respect, promote and protect human rights and judicial Independence. 

      o We will enhance conflict resolution mechanisms and introduce automatic disqualification for any political party proven responsible for electoral violence.
      o Any party candidates accused or suspected of violating electoral laws by intimidating opponents will be automatically disqualified where such allegations are substantiated.

      o Any political parties and candidates engaging in verifiable acts of violence and destruction to property will be banned from political activities for an indefinite period. Where a party candidate is implicated in such violence, the party will be liable to hefty penalties such as loss of parliamentary seats or voting rights in parliament, heavy fines payable with immediate effect and any other determined penalties.
      o Where the outcome of an election is disputed, this will be investigated, and an outcome determined within a reasonable time.
    • Review the process for appointment of non-political ZEC office bearers with the involvement and concurrence of all political and civic players, thereby ensuring transparency and fairness in the elections.

    • Create a comprehensive legal framework by reviewing urban and rural council Acts that are not aligned with the Constitution as they contain provisions that allow the President to divide local authority into wards.

    • Ensure that provisions are put in place for handling elections related complaints/appeals.

    • Support a politically plural Zimbabwe and constructive engagement of all political parties in good governance.

      o Ensure that all parties are given fair and uninterrupted campaign time and space.

      o The use of state media will be made available to all parties without pre-conditions.
    • Correct anomalies in the voters roll. Further data analysis needs to be done regarding ghost voters particularly where the following has been observed:

      o same addresses but voting in different wards

      o duplicate IDs

      o registered voters that are over 100 year
    • Expand provisions to ensure ZEC carries out its mandate to educate the public after boundaries are set, thereby ensuring that there is no confusion about where to vote.

    • Avail adequate funding and resources to enhance the capacity of ZEC to ensure absolute independence as an electoral commission.