Nom­i­na­tion Court: A mo­ment of truth

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vote him into power.

In an ar­ti­cle car­ried by our sis­ter pa­per The Her­ald, the five pledges are — lever­ag­ing the huge in­vest­ment wave to cre­ate hun­dreds of thou­sands of jobs in agri­cul­ture, min­ing, tourism, the ser­vice sec­tor and new in­fras­truc­ture projects, have zero tol­er­ance to cor­rup­tion with any­one found guilty of cor­rup­tion be­ing fired and pun­ished ac­cord­ingly.

Pres­i­dent Mnan­gagwa is also pledg­ing to de­velop in­fras­truc­ture wor­thy of a new Zim­babwe by in­creas­ing power gen­er­a­tion, con­struct­ing a new rail­way net­work and du­al­is­ing all ma­jor roads.

Fur­ther, the Pres­i­dent in­tends to es­tab­lish a mod­ern and affordable health care sys­tem for all by re­duc­ing hospi­tal fees by 50 per­cent, im­prov­ing sup­ply of crit­i­cal drugs, guar­an­tee­ing free health­care to all can­cer pa­tients and build­ing 78 new hos­pi­tals, en­sur­ing one hospi­tal per district.

Th­ese de­vel­op­ments come on the back of strides by the Pres­i­dent Mnan­gagwa-led Govern­ment to re­po­si­tion the coun­try on the in­ter­na­tional arena by en­gag­ing those coun­tries with whom re­la­tions were pre­vi­ously hos­tile while strength­en­ing ties with those coun­tries that had stood with Zim­babwe dur­ing its years of iso­la­tion.

Pres­i­dent Mnan­gagwa’s Govern­ment has also at­tracted more than $16 bil­lion in potential in­vest­ment in what has been in­ter­preted as the suc­cess of the re-en­gage­ment drive.

On the part of the MDC-T, for the first time since 2000, the party will not be sub­mit­ting nom­i­na­tion papers for Mor­gan Ts­van­gi­rai as its pres­i­den­tial can­di­date fol­low­ing his death on Fe­bru­ary 14.

After Ts­van­gi­rai’s death, the party split into two fac­tions; one led by Mr Nel­son Chamisa and an­other fronted by Dr Thokozani Khupe with the two em­broiled in a le­gal wran­gle over the rights to the MDC-T brand and sym­bols.

The Mr Chamisa fac­tion goes to the polls un­der the ban­ner of the MDC Al­liance, a coalition with other par­ties like the Pro­fes­sor Welsh­man Ncubeled MDC. Re­cently an­other fac­tion of the Na­tional Pa­tri­otic Front aligned to Mr Mu­gabe en­dorsed the lawyer’s bid. The other NPF fac­tion, led by Bri­gadier Gen­eral Am­brose Mutin­hiri (Re­tired), will go to the polls with­out en­ter­ing into any coalition.

The Chamisa fac­tion goes to the Nom­i­na­tion Court with a num­ber of dis­grun­tled mem­bers beaten in the pri­mary elec­tions marred by chaos and vi­o­lence. There have been al­le­ga­tions of im­po­si­tion of can­di­dates and in­tim­i­da­tion with veteran leg­is­la­tors like Ms Jessie Ma­jome opt­ing to con­test the forth­com­ing elec­tions as in­de­pen­dents.

In a sign of grow­ing dis­con­tent in the party, Mr Chamisa’s deputy En­gi­neer Elias Mudzuri al­leged that rich strangers were be­ing im­posed at the ex­pense of poor loy­al­ists.

In a bid to quell grow­ing dis­con­tent, the Mr Chamisa fac­tion an­nounced that it would not sub­ject some of its se­nior mem­bers to the pri­mary elec­tions with the likes of Eng Mudzuri be­ing in­cluded on the party’s se­na­to­rial list.

How­ever, the in­ter­ven­tion was not enough to quell the chaos as it con­tin­ued un­abated with some los­ing can­di­dates who felt their com­plaints were not at­tended to be­ing as­saulted out­side the MDC-T head­quar­ters in Harare as they tried to seek au­di­ence with Mr Chamisa.

Re­ports from Bu­l­awayo struc­tures also in­di­cate that the fac­tion is fac­ing a short­age of can­di­dates to con­test in the polls and has re­sorted to con­vinc­ing mem­bers to take part in the polls.

The Dr Khupe fac­tion has cap­i­talised on the chaos rock­ing the Mr Chamisa group­ing by re­ceiv­ing dis­grun­tled mem­bers. De­spite claims that they would field can­di­dates coun­try­wide, the Dr Khupe group­ing is yet to come up with a full list of can­di­dates to con­test in the re­spec­tive con­stituen­cies.

Out­side the MDC Al­liance is the Peo­ple’s Rain­bow Coalition led by Dr Joice Mu­juru in al­liance with a fac­tion of the Peo­ple’s Demo­cratic Party which sep­a­rated from their former leader Mr Tendai Biti who is back­ing Mr Chamisa.

The PRC, like the Dr Khupe fac­tion, is yet to come up with a na­tional list of can­di­dates rep­re­sent­ing it in the con­stituen­cies.

As per tradition around this time, many po­lit­i­cal par­ties have been formed, per­haps the only time the coun­try has the high­est num­ber of “pres­i­dents” but the Nom­i­na­tion Court presents a mo­ment of truth sep­a­rat­ing real can­di­dates from pre­tenders.

Most im­por­tantly, it marks an im­por­tant step to­wards the hold­ing of the historic polls on July 30.

Pres­i­dent Mnan­gagwa

Dr Joice Mu­juru

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