Par­ties square off for top Parly seats

The Sunday Mail (Zimbabwe) - - FRONT PAGE - Lin­coln Towindo and Nor­man Muchemwa

ZANU-PF has ac­ti­vated in­ter­nal pro­cesses to se­lect the party’s pre­ferred can­di­dates for pre­sid­ing of­fi­cers in the Ninth Par­lia­ment of Zim­babwe ahead of Tues­day’s elec­tions.

Par­lia­men­tar­i­ans will on Tues­day elect a Speaker of Na­tional Assem­bly, a Se­nate Pres­i­dent, and their deputies.

The Sun­day Mail has gath­ered that Zanu-PF is vet­ting pos­si­ble can­di­dates, with the Par­lia­men­tary Cau­cus set to be ap­prised of the can­di­dates ahead of the vote.

Party spokesper­son Am­bas­sador Si­mon Khaya Moyo said pro­cesses lead­ing to can­di­dates’ se­lec­tion had been set in mo­tion.

Rul­ing party out­go­ing Chief Whip Cde Love­more Matuke said the Par­lia­men­tary Cau­cus stood guided by the Polit­buro.

“As the Chief Whip, I whip peo­ple to fol­low the party line, so the party will give di­rec­tion on who will be sec­onded to what po­si­tion,” said Cde Matuke.

“There is go­ing to be a party process to look into our Mem­bers of Par­lia­ment and their suit­abil­ity for the po­si­tions.

“I think we still have a lot of time and we are still con­sult­ing our se­niors, but we will meet the dead­line and de­cide on that. We are not un­der pres­sure be­cause we have up to Tues­day.” Zanu-PF Sec­re­tary for Ad­min­is­tra­tion Dr Obert

Mp ofu ex­plained :“We con­duct our is­sues not through the me­dia, but through our in­ter­nal pro­cesses. It is the pre­rog­a­tive of the Pres­i­dent to call for a Polit­buro meet­ing, but I can not say now when we are go­ing to have a Polit­buro meet­ing. If we are to have a meet­ing, the Pres­i­dent will di­rect us to con­vene that meet­ing. We meet reg­u­larly, monthly or more than once a month, so I can­not tell you when the next Polit­buro is go­ing to con­vene.”

Sixes and sevens

While Zanu-PF is lin­ing its duck sin a row, the op­po­si­tion M DC Al­liance is at six es and fac­tional in­ter­ests reign­ing supreme. Spokesper­son Pro­fes­sor Welsh­man Ncube told The Sun­day Mail that it was to con­test the elec­tions since Zanu-PF had an over­whelm­ing ma­jor­ity in both the Na­tional Assem­bly and Se­nate.

“I am yet to have a con­ver­sa­tion on that sub­ject with the Par­lia­men­tary Cau­cus on the way for­ward,” said Prof Ncube.

“But it should stand to rea­son that we don’ t have the num­bers to con­test for any of those po­si­tions, so it will make very lit­tle sense to try and field a can­di­date when Zanu-PF has the num­bers to elect who­ever they chose; it will be very un­rea­son­able for us to even con­sider that pos­si­bil­ity.

“Or­di­nar­ily, the most se­nior per­son who will be in Par­lia­ment will lead the op­po­si­tion busi­ness un­less there is ar­eas onto change that.

“The most se­nior of those in the Na­tional Assem­bly will ob­vi­ously be the leader of op­po­si­tion in the House and sim­i­larly, the most se­nior mem­ber in Se­nate will also lead the cau­cus.” Mr Tendai Biti, an MDC Al­liance prin­ci­pal, is the most se­nior mem­ber of the coali­tion in the Na­tional Assem­bly. But Mr Dou­glas M won zora, sec­re­tary-gen­eral of the MDC-T fac­tion led by Mr Nel­son Chamisa, in­sisted they would field can­di­dates.

“The Al­liance is go­ing to con­test both po­si­tions of pre­sid­ing of­fi­cers for the Na­tional Assem­bly as well as the Se­nate.

“In the Se­nate, we are field­ing Mor­gan Komichi as can­di­date for Pres­i­dent of Se­nate, we are also field­ing Lil­ian Timveous as can­di­date for Deputy Pres­i­dent of Se­nate.

“In the Na­tional Assem­bly, we are field­ing Pau­rina Mu­pariwa as can­di­date for Speaker’ s po­si­tion and Murisi Zwiz­wai as can­di­date for the Deputy Speaker po­si­tion.

“Well, the leader of op­po­si­tion busi­ness in Par­lia­ment is likely go­ing to be the most se­nior mem­ber of the party in Par­lia­ment, but that de­pends on how the elec­tions will go; the same with Se­nate.

“The M DC is go­ing to make a list of var­i­ous ap­pointees in var­i­ous groups for both Na­tional Assem­bly and Se­nate on Tues­day,” he said.

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