"Dr Eddie Mahembe\\r\\n\\r\\nZimbabwe is scheduled to hold general elections on the 23rd of August 2023. According to the Government Gazette published on the 30th of June 2023 by the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (ZEC), there are 11 candidates who were successfully nominated for election to the office of president (presidential candidates).\\r\\n\\r\\nAmong them is Saviour Kasukuwere (Independent) who has been barred from contesting by the courts for allegedly violating the Electoral Act and Douglas Togarasei Mwonzora (MDC), who withdrew from the presidential race but might still be on the ballot paper.\\r\\n\\r\\nElisabeth Valerio, of the United Zimbabwe Alliance (UZA) party, later won her court appeal against ZEC\\u2019s earlier decision to reject her nomination papers for late submission and will therefore be the only female candidate in the presidential race.\\r\\n\\r\\nIn total, there are 11 political parties contesting the 2023 general elections, namely: Citizens Coalition for Change (CCC), Democratic Opposition Party (DOP), FREEZIM Congress, Movement for Democratic Change (MDC), National Constitutional Assembly (NCA), National People\\u2019s Congress (NPC), United African National Council (UANC), UZA, Zimbabwe African National Union \\u2013 Patriotic Front (ZANU\\u2013PF), Zimbabwe Coalition for Peace and Development (ZCPD), and Zimbabwe Partnership for Prosperity (ZIPP).\\r\\n\\r\\nThe main purpose of this series of articles is to provide a critical analysis of the manifestos of the all the parties contesting in the 2023 general election.\\r\\n\\r\\nIt examines the ideologies, similarities and differences between the manifestos and assesses the feasibility and impact of the policies proposed. The articles are written in series format, to allow for additions as other party manifestos become available.\\r\\n\\r\\nThe first issue (Part 1) evaluates the manifestos of three presidential candidates who have published theirs, Saviour Kasukuwere, Nelson Chamisa and Elisabeth Valerio. We start by looking at the vision and core principles.\\r\\n\\r\\n \\r\\n\\r\\n<img class=\\"alignnone wp-image-8669\\" src=\\"https:\\\/\\\/zimbabwedigitalexpress.com\\\/wp-content\\\/uploads\\\/2023\\\/08\\\/dse-manifestos-300x78.jpg\\" alt=\\"\\" width=\\"850\\" height=\\"221\\" \\\/>\\r\\n\\r\\n<strong>2. Main Vision and Principles<\\\/strong>\\r\\n\\r\\nThe Bible declares that \\u201cwhere there is no vision, the people perish\\u2026\\u201d (Proverbs 29:18) and echoing the same thoughts, Steve Gilliland is quoted as having said that \\u201cWithout vision, you have no direction. Without direction, you have no purpose\\u201d.\\r\\n\\r\\nAs such, the best place to start with the assessment of each manifesto is the proposed destination (the vision). We ask the question: where does the candidate what to take Zimbabwe or what type of Zimbabwe is the candidate envisioning?\\r\\n\\r\\nKasukuwere\\u2019s manifesto is titles \\u201cThe People\\u2019s Manifesto\\u201d and vision seems to be centered around a \\u2018Zimbabwe characterised by stability, prosperity, and a better quality of life for all its citizens\\u2019. UZA\\u2019s manifesto is a call: \\u201cLet\\u2019s Unite! As we build Zimbabwe\\u201d and envisions \\u201cA Good Life for all Zimbabweans\\u201d.\\r\\n\\r\\nThe CCC\\u2019s manifesto is dubbed \\u201cThe New Great Zimbabwe Blueprint\\u201d and it promises to \\u201cTo Make Zimbabwe Great, Modern and Prosperous, Being A Jewel of The World By 2028\\u201d.\\r\\n\\r\\nIn terms of how to achieve their visions, the manifestos highlighted what the three parties termed \\u2018the agenda\\u2019, areas for \\u2018accountability\\u2019 and \\u2018canon\\u2019 (principles), respectively. The table below gives a high-level summary.\\r\\n\\r\\nThere are a number of similarities in the 3 manifestos especially the issue of reconciliation. The three parties are in agreement that there is need for reconciliation in Zimbabwe.\\r\\n\\r\\nKasukuwere emphasised the issue of putting aside past differences (acts of omission or commission) and calls for a permanent solution to the Gukurahundi question.\\r\\n\\r\\nValerio calls for a Truth and Reconciliation (Commission) that would focus more reconciliation, rather than retribution, in helping Zimbabweans to put the dark chapters of the past such as Gukurahundi.\\r\\n\\r\\nChamisa argues that reconciliation is a critical pillar to national building and that national building should be \\u201cpremised upon restorative justice, rehabilitative justice and restitutive justice founded on the principles of truth, forgiveness and reconciliation\\u201d (pg, 11).\\r\\n\\r\\nThough there is a use of different terms, there is some similarity in terms of emphasis on the economy especially the fight against corruption, rebuilding, restoration (revive), reform, transformation and modernisation. In part 2 of this series, we will look at the economic ideology in great detail.\\r\\n\\r\\n<strong>3. Conclusion<\\\/strong>\\r\\n\\r\\nThe ruling party, ZANU-PF has broken a 43-year-old tradition, by deciding not to publish an election manifesto.\\r\\n\\r\\nThough MDC produced a copy, it\\u2019s leader has also broken a record by being the first party presidential candidate to withdraw from a general election (the former leader, Morgan Tsvangirai withdrew from a run-off election citing violence on his supporters).\\r\\n\\r\\nOf the 3 manifestos reviewed in Part 1 of this series, there are many similarities in terms of vision and core principles.\\r\\n\\r\\n \\r\\n\\r\\n<em>\\u00a0Dr<strong> Eddie Mahembe<\\\/strong> is a Development Economist. He holds a PhD in (Development) Economics, MCom in Economics, BCom Honours in Econometrics and BSc. Honours in Economics. 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