‘Noth­ing amiss for Zanu-PF mem­bers to pro­duce BVR slips’

The Manica Post - - Front Page - Ny­ore Madzianike Se­nior Reporter

THERE is no law mak­ing it an of­fence for peo­ple within the same party to ask for Bio­met­ric Vot­ers Reg­is­tra­tion (BVR) slips dur­ing cell reg­is­tra­tion from a fel­low party mem­ber, a se­nior ZANU-PF of­fi­cial has said.

ZANU-PF Man­i­ca­land pro­vin­cial chair­per­son, Cde Mike Madiro made the re­marks to ad­dress an is­sue in which mem­bers were un­sure whether it was le­gal or oth­er­wise for a fel­low party mem­ber to re­quest an­other mem­ber to show them their voter reg­is­tra­tion slip be­fore they could do cell reg­is­tra­tion.

Only peo­ple reg­is­tered to vote can also reg­is­ter for cell vot­ing.

“I have never come across any piece of legislation, which says it is a crime to ask for such slips. It is not an of­fence,” he said.

His sen­ti­ments were also echoed by Buhera West leg­is­la­tor, Cde Oliver Mandi­paka who weighed in say­ing it was not a crim­i­nal of­fence for any ZANU-PF mem­ber to ask for BVR slips from an­other party mem­ber.

Cde Mandi­paka said he had done re­search, which showed that no piece of legislation crim­i­nalised ask­ing for such slips es­pe­cially when it was done within the con­text of ZANU-PF busi­ness.

“It car­ries no of­fence when it is done within the con­text of the party,” he said

He was part of the ZANU-PF mem­bers at­tend­ing a pro­vin­cial ex­ec­u­tive co-or­di­nat­ing (PEC) meet­ing held on Sun­day in Mutare where var­i­ous is­sues in­clud­ing cell reg­is­tra­tion ex­er­cise were dis­cussed.

On the other hand, Cde Madiro also warned some se­nior party mem­bers es­pe­cially those in the Cen­tral Com­mit­tee to de­sist from ‘play­ing vil­lage pol­i­tics’.

“I would like them to rise above vil­lage pol­i­tics. We are the ones who run the prov­ince. We ap­peal to you to rise above vil­lage pol­i­tics and take your po­si­tions as Cen­tral Com­mit­tee mem­bers,” he said.

Cde Madiro urged ZANU-PF mem­bers from Man­i­ca­land to act re­spon­si­bly and re­frain from fu­elling squab­bles within the party.

“Where we err as your lead­ers, call and tell us that we have done wrong. Let us not have squab­bles and we should know our re­spec­tive re­spon­si­bil­i­ties.

“If we fail to do so, we will not move on as a prov­ince. Our na­tional chair­per­son comes from this prov­ince and she should take pride from us as a prov­ince.

“We ap­peal to you to be or­gan­ised,” he said.

Mean­while, Man­i­ca­land prov­ince po­lit­i­cal com­mis­sar, Cde Gift Kag­weda said they were happy with the progress in the party’s on­go­ing cell reg­is­tra­tion ex­er­cise which he said was go­ing on well with most of the dis­tricts hav­ing been cov­ered as of Tues­day this week.

He said: “The reg­is­tra­tion ex­er­cise cur­rently un­der­way is pro­gress­ing well in Man­i­ca­land prov­ince.

“It is pro­gress­ing well es­pe­cially in ar­eas where in­for­ma­tion about cell reg­is­tra­tion was prop­a­gated well.’’

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