Shamu in rig­ging storm

The Herald (Zimbabwe) - - Mashonaland Central & West News - Heather Charema and Bless­ings Chi­dakwa

AS­PIR­ING Zanu-PF Na­tional As­sem­bly can­di­date for Chegutu East Con­stituency Cde Ven­gai Musengi yes­ter­day filed a let­ter of com­plaint to the party’s Mashona­land West Pro­vin­cial of­fices in Chin­hoyi, cit­ing ir­reg­u­lar­i­ties and vi­o­la­tion of elec­toral rules.

Cde Musengi al­leged that a ve­hi­cle be­long­ing to Cde Web­ster Shamu was found in pos­ses­sion of bal­lot pa­pers marked in his favour at Uhuru-Nakazi Polling Sta­tion, dur­ing the just-ended pri­mary elec­tion re­run.

“On the 15th of May 2018 at Uhuru-Nakazi polling sta­tion, a ve­hi­cle be­long­ing to one of the as­pir­ing can­di­dates Cde Web­ster Shamu was found in pos­ses­sion of signed bal­lot pa­pers in his favour.

“Upon be­ing ques­tioned by agents, the driver, 33-year-old Farai Mu­tam­bara, who was with the ve­hi­cle, con­firmed that the ve­hi­cle be­longed to Web­ster Shamu and was ac­com­pa­nied by a per­son only iden­ti­fied as Chinem­biri,” reads the let­ter.

“Po­lice of­fi­cers, who were at the polling sta­tion, fled the scene leav­ing be­hind the signed bal­lots and an­gry vot­ers de­mand­ing jus­tice.

“All agents at the cen­tre ac­com­pa­nied the ve­hi­cle to the com­mand cen­tre where the driver was taken to the po­lice for in­ter­ro­ga­tion.

“Po­lice are yet to up­date us on the out­come. I have ex­hibit of videos and pho­tos of the signed bal­lot pa­pers while in the car at the polling sta­tion.”

Cde Musengi also claimed that Cde Shamu’s wife was found with bal­lot boxes at the cen­tre.

“The pre­vi­ous night on the 14th of May 2018, the wife to Min­is­ter Shamu, Cde Con­stance Tsomondo, was also spot­ted with bal­lot boxes at the same cen­tre by agents and she fled the scene.

“The ex­hibit is in pos­ses­sion of my agents.”

He added: “My agents re­port that one of the as­pir­ing coun­cil­lors Cde Farai Charaka­tenda was bussing peo­ple from Ward 8 to vic­timise vot­ers in Ward 12 Mhon­doro-Mubaira. They dis­turbed the peace­ful vot­ing which was tak­ing place at the cen­tre.

“Cde Web­ster Shamu was re­port­edly vote-buy­ing as his aides were dis­tribut­ing food stuffs and $20 at the polling sta­tions. The po­lice of­fi­cers were also ben­e­fi­cia­ries of food­stuffs.

Cde Shamu also threat­ened vot­ers at gun­point in some cen­tres, in­clud­ing Chanakira polling sta­tion.”

Cde Musengi fur­ther al­leged that Chegutu East has 28 750 peo­ple in Zanu-PF struc­tures, yet only 6 384 voted.

“This means that 22 366 vot­ers failed to vote. My agents re­port that most vot­ers were turned away while in some cen­tres vot­ing ended by mid­day.

“In all cen­tres, vot­ing stopped around 2pm.

“In Ward 2 where there are 1 550 reg­is­tered vot­ers, vot­ing started at 4pm on the 14th of May and ended at 7pm and at least 500 peo­ple man­aged to vote. The other area with 1 950 peo­ple in the same ward never voted ow­ing to cell reg­is­ters chaos which was be­ing fa­cil­i­tated by Web­ster Shamu’s agents.”

Zanu-PF Mashona­land West pro­vin­cial chair­per­son Cde Ziyambi Ziyambi said if the al­le­ga­tions were true, Cde Shamu could be dis­qual­i­fied.

“No one has been dis­qual­i­fied as per ru­mours. How­ever, if the bal­lot boxes were found in a can­di­date’s car, that per­son stands to be dis­qual­i­fied,” he said.

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