Axed Zanu-PF can­di­dates bounce back

The Manica Post - - Front Page - Sa­muel Kadun­gure Se­nior Re­porter

THREE Zanu-PF par­lia­men­tary as­pi­rants who had been axed from con­test­ing in the party’s pri­mary elec­tions slated for this Sun­day for var­i­ous rea­sons have bounced back as el­i­gi­ble can­di­dates af­ter ap­peal­ing to the na­tional com­mis­sariat.

Cdes Misheck Mataranyika (Makoni South), Al­bert Nyakuedzwa (Makoni West) and Misheck Mu­gadza (Mu­tasa South) have bounced back, turn­ing the race for the constituencies into prob­a­bly the most fiercely con­tested for seats in the prov­ince.

The de­ci­sion to elim­i­nate the can­di­dates had de­mor­alised party sup­port­ers who ac­cused some old play­ers of ma­nip­u­lat­ing the vet­ting process to suf­fo­cate the new en­trants’ demo­cratic space. The move has paci­fied miffed Zanu-PF sup­port­ers who were against im­po­si­tion of can­di­dates.

Cde Mataranyika, who had been barred on the tech­ni­cal­ity that his trans­fer from Harare prov­ince to Man­i­ca­land came less than 12 months be­fore vet­ting of can­di­dates, was granted a re­prieve on Tues­day af­ter it had been noted that while in Harare, he had served the party at the right level to con­test for a par­lia­men­tary seat.

He con­firmed the de­vel­op­ment yes­ter­day say­ing he was on the ground cam­paign­ing.

“I was out, but now I am back in the race.

“I am happy that the party lead­er­ship has heeded Pres­i­dent Mnan­gagwa’s call to al­low the grass­roots to choose their own rep­re­sen­ta­tives. A can­di­date should lose in the bal­lot, not in a meet­ing,” said Cde Mataranyika.

Zanu-PF sup­port­ers and tra­di­tional lead­ers in the con­stituency had de­manded the in­clu­sion of new play­ers that are dy­namic, pro­gres­sive, re­spon­sive and sen­si­tive to com­mu­nity needs, chal­lenges and ex­pec­ta­tions. Cde Mataranyika will bat­tle it out with Cde Hap­pines Nyakuedzwa, Cde Josphine Gandiya, Cdes Jairos Ma­pung­wana, Cde Masimba Chi­ganze and Cde In­no­cent Chi­ram­bahumwe.

An­other can­di­date En­gi­neer Ed­ward Mukoyi was yes­ter­day still fight­ing for his read­mis­sion.

“I have ap­pealed and I have not re­ceived a re­sponse, but my other col­league, Misheck Mataranyika was here with Chief Makoni and his case has been re­solved,” said Eng Mukoyi.

Cde Nyakuedzwa is al­ready cam­paign­ing in Makoni West.

Rea­sons for his sus­pen­sion ear­lier are not known.

“My ap­peal was suc­cess­ful and I am in the race. My sup­port­ers had been de­mor­alised by that de­ci­sion, and we are happy that the party has acted with wis­dom and avoided in­di­rect im­po­si­tion of can­di­dates. The elec­torate in Makoni West should vote for a can­di­date of their choice,” said Cde Nyakuedzwa.

He will square off against 11 other can­di­dates - Cde Joseph Mu­jati, Brian Chipunza, Louis Chasakara, Jen­ni­fani Muswere, Sara­piya Makuyahundi, Na­tion Madon­gorere, Peter Zindi, Roland Madondo, Ma­tivenga Mhiripiri, Chenge­tai Zonke and Romeo Mutsvunguma.

In Mu­tasa South, Cde Misheck Mu­gadza is also back on the list. He will fight it out with in­cum­bent Cde Irene Zindi and Cde Shelling­ton Bum­bura.

Zanu-PF pro­vin­cial chair­man, Cde Mike Madiro said he was still to re­ceive of­fi­cial com­mu­ni­ca­tion on the trio’s re­in­state­ment from his su­pe­ri­ors.

“Those who had gen­uine griev­ances raised them with the na­tional com­mis­sar, not us.

“Any such de­ci­sion is com­mu­ni­cated us­ing ex­ist­ing party chan­nels, and I will wel­come such a de­ci­sion,” said Cde Madiro.

Cde Madiro said the pri­mary elec­tions would be held at party dis­trict cen­tres, not the Zim­babwe Elec­toral Com­mis­sion (ZEC) polling sta­tions.

Cde Madiro said the pro­vin­cial ex­ec­u­tive would not be the one run­ning the elec­tions.

“The elec­tions will be run by the na­tional com­mis­sion, not at our level. We will only be in­volved to the ex­tent of show­ing them where a par­tic­u­lar cen­tre or vil­lage is,” said Cde Madiro.

Pro­vin­cial com­mis­sar, Cde Gift Kag­weda said they were hav­ing dif­fi­cul­ties to en­force joint cam­paigns by as­pir­ing can­di­dates.

“We have ad­vised them to hold joint cam­paigns and come up with agreed sched­ules, but it is dif­fi­cult to en­force. Prac­ti­cally it is a chal­lenge owing to dis­par­i­ties on re­sources. Some can­di­dates have more re­sources than oth­ers such that they can de­ploy and run ahead of oth­ers.

“It is dif­fi­cult for us to mon­i­tor, and we are hav­ing some who are cam­paign­ing at night,” said Cde Kag­weda.

Cde Kag­weda said the rul­ing party should gear it­self for an out­stand­ing win in all the 26 constituencies in the prov­ince.

- Pic­ture by Ti­nai Nyadzayo.

Ten­sion on the eve of ZANU-PF pri­mary elec­tions . . . Dis­grun­tled ZANU-PF mem­bers from Dangamvura-Chikanga Con­stituency voice their griev­ances to the party Na­tional Chair­man Cde Op­pah Muchin­guri-Kashiri on Mon­day this week. Cde Muchin­guri-Kashiri...

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