Zanu-PF re­leases can­di­dates list

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ZANU-PF yes­ter­day an­nounced the fi­nal list of can­di­dates who will con­test the forth­com­ing har­monised elec­tions on the rul­ing party’s ticket.

The list in­cludes 210 Na­tional Assem­bly can­di­dates, 60 pro­por­tional rep­re­sen­ta­tion can­di­dates, 60 se­na­to­rial can­di­dates and 100 pro­vin­cial coun­cil can­di­dates.

Ad­dress­ing a Press con­fer­ence in Harare yes­ter­day, Zanu-PF Sec­re­tary for Ad­min­is­tra­tion Cde Obert Mpofu said the rul­ing party had gone through in­ter­nal pro­cesses of pri­mary elec­tions and re-runs and was now in the fi­nal stages of sub­mit­ting party names of suc­cess­ful can­di­dates to the Zim­babwe Elec­toral Com­mis­sion (Zec).

Cde Mpofu was flanked by politburo mem­bers Cde Simon Khaya Moyo (In­for­ma­tion and Publicity), Cde Paul Mang­wana (Le­gal Af­fairs), Cde Mun­yaradzi Machacha and Cde Tshinga Dube.

“The full list of all the suc­cess­ful can­di­dates will be pub­lished in the print and elec­tronic me­dia with im­me­di­ate ef­fect.

“All pro­vin­cial election di­rec­torates/ pro­vin­cial co­or­di­nat­ing com­mit­tees are hereby in­structed to abide by the list which has been fi­nally ap­proved by the party sub­mit­ted to Zec,” he said.

“Dis­ci­plinary ac­tion will be taken against any in­di­vid­ual who will tem­per with the ap­proved list of can­di­dates. The names of the fi­nal suc­cess­ful can­di­dates as will be an­nounced are the ones which will have to com­plete the nom­i­na­tions doc­u­ments and pro­vide their cre­den­tials to Zec.”

He said all can­di­dates should have com­pleted the vet­ting ex­er­cise by close of busi­ness yes­ter­day.

Cde Mpofu di­rected all prov­inces to en­sure that all the can­di­dates in the re­spec­tive prov­inces are as­sisted in the reg­is­tra­tion process with Zec.

“All Zanu-PF can­di­dates are ex­pected to be at

speak in the hope that we will be able to ad­vance­file them to Zec be­fore the end of day, at least the ones for par­lia­men­tary elec­tions,” he said.

“As for the lo­cal govern­ment elec­tions, the can­di­dates for Par­lia­ment are work­ing with lo­cal govern­ment can­di­dates to make sure all their papers are in or­der for sub­mis­sion at the rel­e­vant the nom­i­na­tion courts in their re­spec­tive ar­eas by 0700 hours on Thurs­day this week. The party’s le­gal depart­ment is now on standby to as­sist prov­inces in the reg­is­tra­tion process to en­sure all our can­di­dates are suc­cess­fully reg­is­tered for the 2018 har­monised elec­tions,” he said.

“You may have been ex­pe­ri­enc­ing cer­tain de­vel­op­ments from some of our prov­inces where names have been changed willy nilly with­out clear­ance from the party or from then Politburo. We have ad­dressed that is­sue where we have en­sured that the names that were cleared by the Politburo are the ones that will be sub­mit­ted for nom­i­na­tion with Zec.”

Cde Mpofu said the party had made cor­rec­tions for se­na­to­rial can­di­dates for Mata­bele­land South Province as per the Politburo di­rec­tive.

Cde Mpofu said in Beit­bridge the can­di­date was Tam­budzani Mo­hadi, in Bulil­ima-Mangwe Cde Khaya Moyo, Cde Alima Muk­w­eva (Gwanda), Cde Them­bani Mathuthu (Mz­ing­wane), Cde Ess­abel Ng­wenya (Ma­tobo) and Earnest Ncube (Inzisa).

“In Mashona­land East, the wom­ens quota we have in Cde Lil­ian Ze­mura (Mure­hwa), Cde Rose­lyne Makoni (Maron­dera-Wedza), Cde Nyarai Tsvuura (Mu­toko), Cde Lu­cia Mudz­ingwa (Goromonzi), Cde Ta­tenda Mavet­era (Seke-Chikomba), and UMPMudzi we have Mar­bel Kaun­dikidza,” he said.

lo­cal govern­ment nom­i­na­tion courts on Thurs­day.

“All the can­di­dates are there. It is just a ques­tion of work­ing on the papers.”

Bick­er­ing in the al­liance is rife in var­i­ous prov­inces in­clud­ing Harare, Mata­bele­land South, Masvingo and Man­i­ca­land.

MDC-T sup­port­ers are re­sist­ing im­po­si­tion of can­di­dates from al­liance part­ners and demon­stra­tions and pe­ti­tions are the or­der of the day in places such as Chi­man­i­mani, where party sup­port­ers are re­ject­ing former En­ergy and Power De­vel­op­ment deputy Min­is­ter Mu­na­cho Mutezo as their MDC Al­liance par­lia­men­tary can­di­date.

Mr Mutezo is from ZimPF, and MDC-T mem­bers pre­fer lo­cal busi­ness­man, Mr Canaan Ma­ti­ashe.

In Mata­bele­land South, power hun­gry MDC-T of­fi­cials left out in the par­lia­men­tary race are now work­ing on de­rail­ing the coalition. They want seats al­lo­cated to Prof Ncube’s MDC. In Masvingo, no­madic politician Mr Ku­dak­washe Bhasik­iti is fac­ing re­sis­tance from the MDC-T in Mwenezi East where he was fielded as a can­di­date for the al­liance. MDC-T pro­vin­cial chair­per­son for Masvingo, Mr James Gumbi, has re­port­edly re­signed be­cause of the in­fight­ing. In­sid­ers said Mr Gumbi is against the im­po­si­tion of Mr Bhasik­iti whom he said worked against the MDC-T since its for­ma­tion in 1999.

In Harare, sup­port­ers in Glen View South have pe­ti­tioned Mr Chamisa over the im­po­si­tion of Mr Mor­gan Ts­van­gi­rai’s daugh­ter Vim­bai, as the con­stituency’s representative.

In Harare Cen­tral, MDC-T sup­port­ers are clam­our­ing for pri­mary elec­tions, as op­posed to the im­po­si­tion of Mr Murisi Zvizwai, with the sit­u­a­tion not clear on who will rep­re­sent the party in Kuwadzana East be­tween Mr Chal­ton Hwende and youth ac­tivist Mr Shake­speare Mukoyi.

Mr Chamisa is the leg­is­la­tor for Kuwadzana East, but sup­port­ers have been pissed off by his at­tempts to im­pose his friend Mr Hwende to suc­ceed him.

The MDC-T led by Dr Khupe said they were work­ing on their list of rep­re­sen­ta­tives.

“We are field­ing can­di­dates at all lev­els from Zam­bezi to Lim­popo,” said Dr Khupe’s deputy, Mr Obert Gutu. “It has been hec­tic, but we are on it.”

Dr Joice Mu­juru-led Na­tional Peo­ple’s Party (NPP) could not be reached for com­ment, as her as­sis­tants said she was busy. Zim­babwe De­vel­op­ment Party (ZDP) and the Voice of the Peo­ple (VOP) said they were no longer con­test­ing the elec­tions.

They said the elec­tions would not be free and fair be­cause of “nu­mer­ous elec­toral prac­tices.”

“The out­come of th­ese elec­tions won’t be a re­flec­tion of the true will of the peo­ple of Zim­babwe, but of the ma­nip­u­lated, hood­winked, sup­pressed and help­less elec­torate,” reads a joint state­ment by the party’s leader Mr Kisinoti Muk­wazhe (ZDP) and Mr More­pre­ci­sion Muzadzi (VOP).

“Ob­server mis­sions like Sadc and Comesa have al­ready in­di­cated that elec­tions will be free, fair and cred­i­ble with­out men­tion­ing grievances and ig­nor­ing con­cerns raised by most po­lit­i­cal stake­hold­ers.”

Mr Muk­wazhe and Mr Muzadzi re­cently ap­proached the con­sti­tu­tional court seek­ing to be con­sid­ered for fund­ing un­der the Po­lit­i­cal Par­ties (Fi­nance) Act, de­spite the fact that they did not qualify.

Chief Jus­tice Luke Mal­aba dis­missed the ap­pli­ca­tion, say­ing a po­lit­i­cal party was not an in­come gen­er­at­ing project, hence up­start po­lit­i­cal out­fits should not bur­den the courts with claims of a share from the election cam­paign fund awarded in terms of the Act.

Ac­cord­ing to Zec’s election roadmap, the elec­toral body has ap­pointed con­stituency election of­fi­cers and was yes­ter­day busy hold­ing nom­i­na­tion court train­ing and set up. ZANU-PF sec­re­tary for war vet­er­ans Cde Vic­tor Matemadanda has urged Zim­bab­weans to vote for Pres­i­dent Mnan­gagwa on July 30 as he is an ex­em­plary leader who pur­sues na­tional in­ter­ests.

He said this while ad­dress­ing Zanu-PF sup­port­ers at Cheziya Com­mu­nity Hall at Gokwe Cen­tre yes­ter­day.

Cde Matemadanda said Zim­babwe used to be un­der rulers since the Smith regime and Pres­i­dent Mnan­gagwa was dif­fer­ent as he was a leader who con­sid­ered other peo­ple when mak­ing de­ci­sions. “There is a dif­fer­ence be­tween a ruler and a leader. Since the Ian Smith regime un­til the end of Mu­gabe regime, Zim­babwe was un­der a ruler.

“A ruler is selfish and makes de­ci­sisons with­out con­sid­er­ing how the de­ci­sions will im­pact on other peo­ple’s lives.

“Now we have a leader who is a team player. He is part of the team he leads and we will never go wrong. He is is a fel­low war veteran. Mu­gabe was a de­tainee who re­fused to be­come a war veteran that is why he did not un­der­stand war vet­er­ans con­cerns, “said Cde Matemadanda. He urged peo­ple to vote for Zanu-PF. “This is not the time to be­long to the NPF or in­de­pen­dent can­di­dates. Th­ese were once G40 and Gam­a­tox and will not take us any­where,” added Cde Matemadanda.

Speak­ing at the same func­tion, Mid­lands Min­is­ter of State, Cde Owen Ncube urged peo­ple to cam­paign peace­fully for the rul­ing party as pro­nounced by Pres­i­dent Mnan­gagwa.

“You should not vote for NPF as its mem­bers es­pe­cially Grace Mu­gabe in­sulted peo­ple. Vote for a party that has a his­tory and fol­lows proper pro­ce­dures when ris­ing to power. It was clear from the start that Pres­i­dent Mnan­gagwa would suc­ceed Pres­i­dent Mu­gabe but things had gone wrong and the former Pres­i­dent wanted to give his wife the post. We could not al­low that, “he said.

“We should urge churches, ven­dors and stu­dents from col­leges to vote for Zanu PF.”

Cde Ncube said some in­de­pen­dent can­di­dates in Gokwe South and North were on a mission to di­vide votes. “Let us per­suade vot­ers. In­de­pen­dent can­di­dates are hold­ing meet­ings at night but that will not de­ter us. Let us be peace­ful. All those per­pe­trat­ing vi­o­lence do not be­long to us. They may be in­fil­tra­tors bent on tar­nish­ing our party.

When cam­paign­ing let us put the Pres­i­dent first. Let us vote for Zanu-PF Mem­ber of Par­lia­ment, se­na­tor and coun­cil­lors,” he said.

Dr Obert Mpofu

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