The 2018 Election Promises – ZANU PF Manifesto

It is election season in Zimbabwe, and the battle for votes is truly on.

ZimFact provides a summary of the Zanu PF manifesto and fact checks some of their claims.

If the party wins, ZimFact will track the big promises as part of our Promise Checker.

By Lifaqane Nare

Below is a ZimFact summary of the promises by President Emmerson Mnangagwa’s ZANU PF party as outlined in its 2018 election manifesto.


  • Transform Zimbabwe into a middle income economy by 2030
  • Accelerate the harmonisation of investment laws and establish a one stop shop for the processing and administration of investments
  • Have the Special Economic Zones operational by end of 2018
  • Ensure consistent economic growth of at least 6% per annum for the period 2018-2023
  • Spend at least 2% of the GDP on research and development initiatives


  • Issue land security tenure documents i.e. 99 year leases and A1 permits
  • Compensate former white farmers inline with the provisions of the National Constitution
  • Correct anomalies experienced during the fast track land reform programme through rationalising farm sizes and multiple farm ownership
  • Facilitate irrigation of at least 200 hectares per administrative district
  • Operationalise the Agricultural Commodity Exchange


The Mnangagwa-led ZANU-PF is promising to prioritise economic recovery


  • Amend the Mines and Minerals Act (Chapter 21: 05)
  • Enforce the ‘use-it-or-lose-it’ policy
  • Implement amended Indigenisation and Economic Empowerment Act and promote the Local Content Policy
  • Support beneficiation and value addition of minerals by: setting up quotas for minerals including platinum, lithium and chrome ore to be beneficiated locally; imposing levies and taxes for the export of unbeneficiated mineral resources and developing diamond and lithium policies.


  • Accelerate implementation of Ease of Doing Business reforms
  • Enact the Corporate Governance Bill
  • Recapitalise the Industrial Development Corporation
  • Implement the SADC Industrialisation Strategy
ZANU-PF is also promising to upgrade the Hwange thermal power station in a bid to increase Zimbabwe’s power generation capacity

Energy, Transport and ICTs

  • Increase power generation by implementing projects at Kariba and Batoka Hydro Stations; Shilands Power Station; Bulawayo Power Station Repair; and Hwange Power Station 7 and 8 life extension
  • Ensure provision of electricity to all rural areas
  • Capacitate NRZ and revamp the railways infrastructure including the signals, targeting Victoria Falls-Bulawayo-Harare-Mutare; Somabula-Rutenga-Chicualacuala/Beitbridge; Bulawayo-Plumtree and Chitungwiza-Harare Fast Rail
  • Develop sub-regional routes Lion’s Den-Chirundu to Kafue (Zambia), Harare-Nyamapanda-Moatize (Mozambique); Beitbridge-Chicualcuala and Harare-Makuze (Mozambique)
  • Dualise the Beitbridge-Harare-Chirundu; Beitbridge-Bulawayo-Victoria Falls; and Kwekwe-Nkayi roads
  • Ensure that DDF rehabilitate at least 3 bridges and regravels 300km of roads per year in all rural provinces over the next 5 years
  • Liberalise the airwaves
  • Establish an International Gateway

Water and Sanitation

  • Carry out a national rehabilitation programme of all water purification plants
  • Construct Gwayi-Shangani; Mutange; Musami and Kunzvi Dams and Wenimbi Pipeline

Education, Health and Housing

  • Build 2000 schools by 2023
  • Rehabilitate and establish at least one vocational training centre per administrative district
  • Ensure treasury allocates at least 15% of the budget to healthcare in line with the Abuja Declaration
  • Establish at least one new hospital per administrative district by 2023
  • Deliver at least 1.5 million affordable housing to the people in the next 5 years in collaboration with the private sector
  • Not move or destroy property unless settled on land designated for schools, clinics or roads.

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