'Leadership failure destroying Zim'

HARARE - At a time when the hopes and dreams for a prosperous Zimbabwe which is bogged down by a myraid of problems, a new political party which promises to deliver citizens into the promised land, come 2018, has emerged.

Daily News Political Editor Thelma Chikwanha (TC) caught up with little known Transform Zimbabwe president Jacob Chengedzeni Satiya Ngarivhume (JN) to find out more about the new outfit which is in the process of setting up structures in the country.

Below are the excerpts of the interview

TC: Who is Transform Zimbabwe?

JN: Transform Zimbabwe (TZ) is exactly as the name implies. The party seeks to transform Zimbabwe in all its wdimensions — socially, politically and economically.

It was born out of Prayer Network Zimbabwe (PNZ), an interdenominational Christian organisation formed in 2010 to pray for the total transformation of the nation.

Over 2 400 delegates to the Convention of Prayer Network Zimbabwe unanimously agreed on the 8th of December 2013 to form a political party called Transform Zimbabwe.

TC: How do you intend to transform Zimbabwe which is bogged down by a myriad of problems chief among them — the economic crisis.

JN: In order to transform a nation one needs to appreciate that a nation is a composite of both the physical and the spiritual.

Any change in the physical begins in the spiritual thus Transform Zimbabwe was born out of prayer.

It is the answer to the prayers invested by many saints of all creeds across the length and breadth of our nation. God responded by giving a vision for a new generation of leaders to change Zimbabwe.

There are two things to be understood about transformation; firstly there is need for a transformation factor and in our case, Zimbabwe can and will not change unless God gives the grace.

Secondly; transformation does not change the geometric structure of the function under transformation. In this case, in our quest to transform Zimbabwe, we will not change the identity and the history of the nation.

TC: What does the party have to offer which other opposition parties are not offering.

JN: The failure of Zimbabwe has been a failure of leadership.

We believe that only leaders whose inner spiritual transformation is evident in both their public and private life should be entrusted with holding public office.

TZ is a values-based political party. Integrity, accountability, trust, tolerance and fairness are the bedrock of strong and principled leadership.

The fundamental crisis our country is facing today is a crisis of political values.

Should we manage to fix the economy without revisiting the values crisis, we are building on quick sand to quote Masipula Sithole in 2000. Transform Zimbabwe is founded upon an uncompromising values base.

As a nation we have tried to fix our problems through voting and it has failed, we have trusted in our intellectuals to no avail, our rich wealth of minerals has not helped us either. It’s time to give God a chance.

Christians make up over 80 percent of our population, and one of the major exports of Christianity is a strong value system. Christians have what it takes to lead the nation.

TZ has such an extremely powerful message — based on trust, integrity, and prosperity for all that, we are confident of winning a democratic election.

Our founding beliefs, principles and values can be summarised in the following five key areas of; creating a new culture of politics, strong and principled leadership, good governance, building a strong and competitive economy and total empowerment of all citizens.

TC: Analysts have always maintained that the economy is the albatross around Zanu PF’s neck and there seems to be no way out of this impasse; what remedies do you propose for economic revival?

JN: Zimbabwe has had 14 economic blue prints since 1980 and the challenge has been on the implementation because we have always lacked leadership and the political will to implement them.

Which takes us back to the issue of values?

Our remedy for economic revival is a very simple matter. We must transform from a predatory economy to a developmental economy.

It is those Zimbabweans in power, who are incapable of producing and growing the economy, that have the take, take, take mentality.

They take resources, such as diamonds, which should be used to provide every child with education.

They take businesses, and mines, and strip them bare of their assets, and leave them unproductive. They take obscene salaries from parastatals bleeding them dry, empty and unproductive.

A developmental economy is one that is competitive and market-driven, an economy that encourages the private sector to invest in growth generating activities creating employment.

We must move towards an economy where property rights are secure, where investments are secure, and where the fruits of one’s labour are secure.

Zimbabweans are well-educated and highly resourceful.

We can compete on international markets and thrive if we are given the productive freedom to use our capabilities.

Let me add that we also believe in a more equal and inclusive society where everyone — especially the poor — benefit from economic growth.

TC: Corruption has also been cited as one of the reasons for economic collapse in Zimbabwe, while the plundering of natural resources has also contributed to the free fall of the economy, how do you intend to deal with the culture of corruption in the country.

JN: Corruption is public enemy No.1. Impunity is public enemy No.2. Those in power know that they will not be held to account if they steal from the public purse.

Thelma, the problem with corruption is that it may evade the legal, political and constitutional safeguards.

For instance Cuthbert Dube might not have committed a criminal offence because his salary was approved by a board of directors appointed by a ministerial directive.

But surely, morally and ethically he would be found guilty.

Corruption requires us to look beyond laws and policies but instead uproot and disinfect the root cause which is a lack of values in our leaders.

Comments (92)

This is one of ZANU PF small parties designed to hoodwink the world at large to beleive that there is democracy in Zimbabwe. The other thing well known by Zimbabweans is that these small parties may help ZANU PF to rig the next elections or split votes.We have to be careful about this regime's dirty tactics.

TAMBAIMOSE HENYU - 4 June 2014

Chengedzeni this is not campaigning for Takura Zhangazha or Dewa Mavhinga. What you are trying is national politics not NCA donor attracting mantra. Plus haaa taneta naana mutape mupolitics

Freedom - 4 June 2014

This is Zimbabwe's future. Its not ZANU PF's baby. This party will take Zimbabwe to greater heights. Believe me, Christians are rising up for change that all previous opposition political parties have failed. Come 2018 Zim will never be the same again

Deacon MJ - 4 June 2014

We have tried everything for the past 34 years and the result has been the same. Let's give God a chance come 2018 and I am sure things will be different. For how long must we chose between two evils? Lets give mtape a chance in 2018 and have a new Zimbabwe ushered in. Viva Transform Zimbabwe viva #TransformZimbabwe

Mike - 4 June 2014

Transform Zimbabwe has started off on the right track. The part is built in prayer and exists in prayer. I am excited about the prospects of a God fearing leadership as is proffered here. Its about time that Christians determine the destiny of this country. I am going with this one and with God victory is certain.

Mabasa Muwanda - 4 June 2014

There comes a time in life when opportunity presents itself to all of us. Some choose to scoff, some fail to make a decision but some decide to run with it. My compatriots, this is a noble cause, lets join. I have heard over and over again that Zimbabwe will be ruled by those who fear God and I think this is it. How does one join this party by the way?

God Bless Zimbabwe - 4 June 2014

Charlatans will certainly confuse people but will fail. Havasi vose vanoti Mwari Mwari vanowana umambo hwedenga.We have read abt so many pple called men of God but they end up raping women. iSRAELITES took 40 years to reach Canaan but with God's guidance. I for one can never be fooled by these church men who try politics to enrich themselves. I hate the Gumburas.

kundaikanai henyu - 4 June 2014

There already exists a powerful opposition party that commands a very large following. Would it not make more sense to engage with leaders of this big opposition party, other church leaders and the civic society- a Grand coalition so to speak? Many people will not fully trust a church leader cum politician I'm sure.

Dr Know - 4 June 2014

I think and believe that its high time Christians rise and take part in politics. For how long shall will keep on praying for these evil men and women vasingatye Mwari kuti varambe vachingodaro. ko isu vanotya Mwari tinorambirei kuenda pamsoro? Politics is not dirty but its those people who make it dirty.Remember David was a politician and yet he was a man after GOD's own heart. Other examples in the Bible include Gideon, Joshua, Deborah. the list goes on and on. Party ndaida iyi!!!

Tsitsi - 4 June 2014

we need to know more about this party, you never know kuti zvinotisvitsepi izvi.

Knowledge - 4 June 2014

yes a well principled and God-fearing political party is capable to transform our beloved zim. I love this one come 2018 chakachaya God has remembered us. vadikani ndozvataiva takamirira izvi, Viva Transform Viva.

clay - 4 June 2014

very interesting Zimbabwe yarangarirwa vadikani lets rally behind TZ taneta necorruption nevanhu vasina hanya nehupenyu hwedu look vapositori varikurohwa coz we lack God-fearing leaders totenda Mwari vatinzwa

chmb - 4 June 2014

I want to believe that all of us pray for Zimbabwe or have prayed for Zimbabwe at one point for God to remember our beloved country once again. I personally am tired of seeing those who are ruling us enrich themselves at the expense of us the innocent citizens. Now God has remembered us and raised a God fearing people to take us back to Canaan and i don't see why we should not rejoice and join this party. Hameno zvenyu imi vamwe murikuchemera kudzokera Egypt uko kwataiva varanda. Remember the story of the lepers at the gate of Samaria!! "If we remain here we are going to die of hunger and if we go into Samaria we are still going to die. Its better we go to the camp of the enemies and maybe we may survive. Lets go Zimbabwe and lets join hands with these people and see if God will not remember us.. Handei Vanoenda/ Asambeni abahambayo....

Angi - 4 June 2014

Indeed leadership failure has brought us to the current crossroads. With all her wealth in the form minerals, productive land, good weather and climate e.t.c. there is no reason for Zim to be this struggling. Surely there must be a way out.......an accountable and honest leadership is what we want. A people with integrity and with a heart to serve is what Zimbabwe needs.Fully behind you Mr President.

rabson - 4 June 2014

A mbwende dzagara dzaisadiwa kuhondo kubvira kare. Gideon akanzi ita vese vanotya (mbwende) vadzokere kudzimba and varipo vakatodzokera. Izvi zvoda vakashinga uye vanoti Mwari tibatsirei titsunge moyo. Akati makirisitu haafanirwe kuita zvematongerwe enyika ndiani..... Vanotya sarai isu toenda kubato iri uye muchange muripo kuzopupura nemiromo dzenyu kuti chinhu ichi takachiona pamazuva acho ekuzvidzika asi tikati hazvina maturo. Dingindira reparty iyi rinotaura wani pachena kuti "HANDEI VANOENDA/ ASAMBENI ABAHAMBAYO" Vanoda chete handei vasingadi sarai isu vamwe taenda....

Tichakunda - 4 June 2014

I have always wondered...... if it took men who were filled with the Spirit of God, men full of wisdom to be in charge of food distribution in the early church, how much more is required for those in charge of leading a nation. Thoz in charge of a nation's wealth??? surely it requires more and thus i believe this is the direction for Zimbabwe to take. Has been long overdue. Contacts pliz?????

Brighton - 4 June 2014

PEOPLE OF GOD, I AM SO EXCITED ABOUT THIS DEVELOPMENT. WE ARE SICK AND TIRED OF MEN AND WOMEN WHO DO NOT FEAR GOD AT ALL. GOD RAISE YOUR OWN TRULY GOD FEARING LEADERSHIP, NOT CORRUPT ELEMENTS, CRIMINALS ONLY GOOD AT LOOTING NATIONAL RESOURCES. HEAR US OH GOD WE PRAY. SAVE ZIMBABWE, SAVE ZIMBABWE GOD.

PRAISE GOD - 4 June 2014

this is the leadership in wait ,people the who has the nation at heart .nation builder who stand for the cause of his people.Our leadership has failed the nation ,Zimbabwe is waiting for such leaders like you Ngarivhume.We are behind this cause .Viva Transform Zimbabwe

Enock Mtembwa - 5 June 2014

Iwe Ngarivhume usamira ramba uchienda,usadzoserwa sure nevanhu.murambe muchinamata.Avo vanoti huyai tibatane varege vabatane voga iwe tarira Mwari vakakudaidza kuti usunungure nyika.Chokwadi tanzwa nekutambudzika.Hapana chokumirira ishe vakakudaidza ,uchiri mudiki hako but wataura nhamo dzedu dzose.Zvakare regai timborega vadiki vatungamirire nyika isu togara kumasure tichiona nokupa mazano.

Chirikure - 5 June 2014

Believe it or not , come 2018 TZ is taking over. This is the manifestation of the sons and daughters of the Most High God. Spiritual Generation. Handei Vanoenda, Asambeni Abahambayo, Viva TZ Victory is certain.

Esteri - 5 June 2014

yakwana nguva yekuti vana vaMwari vatore nyika vadzokere nayo kuna Mwari. i think this is the right thing that we have been waiting for and nothing will hinder the work of God

takunda - 5 June 2014

Dr.Know spot on. Remember,God anointed Saul as 1st king of Israel but the same God went on to anoint David while Saul was still alive.

RANGARIRAI - 5 June 2014

Dr.Know spot on. Remember,God anointed Saul as 1st king of Israel but the same God went on to anoint David while Saul was still alive.

RANGARIRAI - 5 June 2014

Jacob is raising interesting points here, that the spiritual determines the physical. For Zimbabwe as a peaceful and praying nation a God fearing leader is welcome. Nationalist formed their Party ZANU PF, Labour Formed its Party MDC, Now Christians have formed their Transform Zimbabwe. It is important to learn from history that the ideology or the idea behind all these formation was noble but along the way struggles are hijacked. It is important for parties not to build individuals but to build institutions with strong values. given a choice I would vote for Transform Zimbabwe as long as they maintain the points that their leader has raised, Integrity, trust and democracy Comrade Kayz

kazuva Matsiwo - 5 June 2014

How many political parties do we need? We may hop from one party to another but we won't archieve anything. Some clever people take advantage of a desperate situation. It's easy to call oneself a christian but not so easy to be a christian. There was an outcry recently when one pastor publicly declared his political party allegiance.This TZ will take us nowhere. Why are we so gullible that we are ready to be taken for a ride?? I'll not join hypocrites..

imbwanyoro - 5 June 2014

munowanikwa kupi imi vetransform zimbabwe i want to join this movement as it has a powerful message and zvine direction coz these other parties are full of policies which are full of empty promises and i would like to give God a chance in zimbabwean politics......

jangwanya - 5 June 2014

Powerful mesage indeed we need a new generation of God fearing leaders to transform zimbabwe we as christians will surely take over and our nation will never be the same again handei vanoenda canaan

rudo - 5 June 2014

Lets give Christians a chance all the two parties have failed us we now need a party that we can trust. For the past 34years we were promised a lot which never materialized. we are tired of life ministers and life presidents, MDC failed to take over power lets try the new party.

Abishai Dhavhi - 5 June 2014

come 2018 machritsu panyanga huwori hwapera

m - 5 June 2014

BENZI RAKATI MUMWOYO MARO MWARI HAKUNA

jah b - 5 June 2014

iyi yavanguva yevanotya Mwari kuty nyika yedu ishandurwe.and indeed TRANSFORM ZIMBABWE has what it takes.VIVA TZ VIVA

tzy - 5 June 2014

Your message has given me hope.At least 2018 I now have where i can put my vote. may God be with Mr Jacob.Tanga tichingonzwa nezvemameetings enyu ari so vibrant.It seems this party has been built on a strong Godly foundation base which has lacked in Zanu-pf and Mdc.

deborah sauz - 5 June 2014

politics and church are interwoven and they cannot be separated thus one cannot discredit a Christian to be come a national leader.pamberi ne tz.

jeri - 5 June 2014

Transform Zimbabwe, the political party every Zimbabwean was waiting for, and the only independent opposition party unlike others who are aligned to ruling zanu pf. Come 2018, victory is certain, we are behind you guys.

simon dombo - 5 June 2014

Zimbabwe, lets give God a chance.

Mukudzei - 5 June 2014

now its time for the God fearing Christians to take a bold stance in politics and make it happen. Zimbabwe warangarirwa...let it be

farrai - 5 June 2014

Vamwe takaona kusada Mwari wavo. At one time vakatonobvisa bhutsu pan'anga zvikanzi tawana dhiziri padombo. Kunerimwe divi vamwe vanouraya vanhu, mashort sleeve nemalong sleeve haikona kutaura. chokwadi zvavakutoda vanoziva Mwari. kunerimwe rutivi mumwe mukuru kumadhirezi haabvi. ikokuda kusanganisa chikristu neun'anga. Nhasi uri kwaTB mangwana uripan'anga. we need a real change!!!!

Hubert - 5 June 2014

Powerful message indeed.God is doing a new thing in Zimbabwe.Vanogona kunzvera mweya nemwaka vanozviziva kuti zvakuitika ndezvechokwadi.Zimbabweans lets rise and believe in God that our nation will be restored.TZ will not fall inokunda chete vasingadi vasingadi.

hft - 5 June 2014

ZAPU,ZANU for black against black, FLORIZI,ANC,UANC,ANC-ZW, ANC SITHOLE,NDU,ZUPO,UFP,PF ZAPU, ZANU PF...ZUM, FORUM, ZUD,UP,MDC,MDT-/99, MDC-M/N, NCA,MDC-TB &maybe a GRAND COALITION b4 TZ takes over. Where are we going really?? HAMENOO...

TONGOMBEYA - 5 June 2014

ZAPU,ZANU for black against black, FLORIZI,ANC,UANC,ANC-ZW, ANC SITHOLE,NDU,ZUPO,UFP,PF ZAPU, ZANU PF...ZUM, FORUM, ZUD,UP,MDC,MDT-/99, MDC-M/N, NCA,MDC-TB &maybe a GRAND COALITION b4 TZ takes over. Where are we going really?? HAMENOO...

TONGOMBEYA - 5 June 2014

oh yes we can change ZIMBABWE with GOD.LET THOSE WHO FEAR GOD TAKE CHARGE AND MAKE THINGS HAPPEN.YES YES WE CAN MAKE ZIMBABWE A BETTER PLACE TO BE IN COME 2018 .VIVA TZ VIVA

tzy - 5 June 2014

Its now time God has to intervene, even in the bible people cried and God raised saul. After that David was also anointed so this David of our time.

chimbwido - 5 June 2014

Its now time God has to intervene, even in the bible people cried and God raised saul. After that David was also anointed so this David of our time.

chimbwido - 5 June 2014

Its now time God has to intervene, even in the bible people cried and God raised saul. After that David was also anointed so this David of our time.

chimbwido - 5 June 2014

Its now time God has to intervene, even in the bible people cried and God raised saul. After that David was also anointed so this David of our time.

chimbwido - 5 June 2014

Its now time God has to intervene, even in the bible people cried and God raised saul. After that David was also anointed so this David of our time.

chimbwido - 5 June 2014

Its now time God has to intervene, even in the bible people cried and God raised saul. After that David was also anointed so this David of our time.

chimbwido - 5 June 2014

Its now time God has to intervene, even in the bible people cried and God raised saul. After that David was also anointed so this David of our time.

chimbwido - 5 June 2014

Its now time God has to intervene, even in the bible people cried and God raised saul. After that David was also anointed so this David of our time.

chimbwido - 5 June 2014

Its now time God has to intervene, even in the bible people cried and God raised saul. After that David was also anointed so this David of our time.

chimbwido - 5 June 2014

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