MDC-T IN QUANDARY As Nom­i­na­tion Court sits

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AS­PIR­ING can­di­dates from sev­eral po­lit­i­cal par­ties have started sub­mit­ting their nom­i­na­tion papers to the Zim­babwe Election Com­mis­sion, amid re­ports of se­ri­ous bick­er­ing within MDC Al­liance, as MDC-T sup­port­ers refuse to recog­nise nom­i­nees fielded on be­half of the al­liance.

Can­di­dates are lodg­ing their papers with Zec in a pre-nom­i­na­tion ex­er­cise to avoid a last minute rush to­mor­row when nom­i­na­tion courts sit in var­i­ous pro­vin­cial cap­i­tals to ap­prove con­tes­tants for the July 30 har­monised election.

The nom­i­na­tion court, which qualifies or dis­qual­i­fies can­di­dates to con­test in an election, sits at a time MDC-T fac­tions are fight­ing court bat­tles over party own­er­ship, name, sym­bols and lo­gos.

Cam­paign ma­te­rial be­ing used by Mr Nel­son Chamisa and Dr Thoko­zoni Khupe’s fac­tions bear the same sym­bols and lo­gos, leav­ing party sup­port­ers confused.

With only a day to go be­fore the nom­i­na­tion court sits, in­for­ma­tion gath­ered by our Harare Bureau showed that MDC-T mem­bers and their prospec­tive can­di­dates are re­luc­tant to cre­ate space for as­pi­rants from al­liance part­ners.

Mr Chamisa leads the al­liance, which is a coalition of seven fringe po­lit­i­cal par­ties.

The par­ties are Peo­ple’s Demo­cratic Party led by Mr Tendai Biti; MDC (Pro­fes­sor Welsh­man Ncube); Trans­form Zim­babwe (Mr Ja­cob Ngarivhume); Zanu-Ndonga (Mr Den­ford Musi­yarira); Multi-Racial Christian Demo­cratic Party (Mr Mathias Guchutu) and Zim­babwe Peo­ple First (Mr Agrippa Mu­tam­bara).

Zanu-PF yes­ter­day said it had fi­nalised its list of can­di­dates at all lev­els.

“We have started our nom­i­na­tion process and peo­ple are fil­ing their papers with Zec across the coun­try,” the rev­o­lu­tion­ary party’s sec­re­tary for le­gal af­fairs Cde Paul Mang­wana said.

“So far I have not heard of any chal­lenges and by the end of the day we will be mak­ing an eval­u­a­tion to see how many have suc­cess­fully filed their nom­i­na­tion papers. We have done this days be­fore the nom­i­na­tion court sits to deal with any op­er­a­tional chal­lenges on time.”

Zanu-PF will field Pres­i­dent Mnan­gagwa as its pres­i­den­tial can­di­date.

MDC Al­liance spokesper­son Prof Ncube said they were still to fi­nalise their list of can­di­dates.

“We are work­ing on the nom­i­na­tion forms as we

Mbun­dane res­i­dents, it seems, will have to wait a bit longer be­fore they are con­nected to the Bu­l­awayo City Coun­cil wa­ter sup­plies. The pic­ture taken yes­ter­day shows some of the res­i­dents fetch­ing wa­ter from one of the bore­holes in the area

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