50 MPs shown the door

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A RECORD 50 sitting MPs were shown the exit door by the electorate in the just-ended Zanu PF and MDC-T primary elections, a move which analysts have described as a wake-up call to aspiring legislators that the electorate can no longer be taken for granted.

MOSES MATENGA

The majority of the ditched MPs came from Zanu PF while Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai’s MDC-T party had 17.

Political analyst Ernest Mudzengi said : “It points to the fact that when elected into Parliament people must keep in touch and not use the ticket as a way to get allowances. They should represent the people otherwise people will reject them.”

MDC-T national organising secretary Nelson Chamisa said the outcome reflected democracy at work.

“Democracy produces two outcomes, one favourable and the other one not favourable. This is an indication of democracy in the party,” Chamisa said.

Zanu PF national chairman Simon Khaya-Moyo was unavailable for comment yesterday.

Notable figures in Zanu PF who received a vote-of-no-confidence from their supporters include Agriculture minister Joseph Made, Chivi South MP Munyaradzi Paul Mangwana while the MDC-T had the likes of Budiriro MP and minister of Science and Technology Development Heneri Dzinotyiwei, Highfield West MP Simon Hove and Fidelis Mhashu Chitungwiza (North MP) among others.

34 COMMENTS

  1. Mr Editor,
    This is the kind of story that shows shoddiness on your part. Where is the full list. Surely, if you have the number, you should have the full list. Should you not be supervising the reporters to perform a descent job?

  2. Tapiwa Mashakada was only shielded by the party and stood uncontested. If that seat is lost to Zanu-PF kuda kwenyu imi vakuru veMDC-T. His chances are slim to the point of dim coz he is very arrogant and cares nothing for his constituency. Hatitomuzivi asi takamuvhotera. He has been the MP since 2000 and nothing to show for it. We are tired of that. Forewarned is forearmed.

    • @ mUSHA Mukuru.What has your ZPF MPS done for ZIM in the 33years,they just managed to fatten their stomachs.The problem with Zimbos is you expect MPS to give you thigns,build roads,schools,hospitals.Guess what, i think the practical thing for an MP is to advocate for laws that enable the country to grow,that makes industries tick,that create employment and bring in new investments,that is both local and international investments,thats the type of MP that i will vote for.You see once the economy grows there will be more money for the Gorvment to tax and with good management all the water woes,potholes powercuts etc will be gone.

      • What about the given CDF from parliament, this was a test for MPs to be even closer to their people. If Hon Mashakada did not use it well in Hatfield he should be shown the door equally the same with Cde Chombo, Moses Mzila Ndlovu or Mnangagwa in Kwekwe-Chirumanzu; no sacred cows we need the right people to lead us not to lead on history of Chimurenga or just change for the sake of change. But the truth is:

        Hailume gore rino Zanu!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  3. politicians forget who put them in office. As zimbos we want jobs opotunities nt buy beer thats for yor stupid and good for nothing thugs nt family men. If u fail us we will fail u ,tit for tat

  4. It is clear now to the general public that MDC is just in for the money and status (Honorable so & so)

  5. Politicians get voted in and out of office everywhere on planet earth, what is the big deal about this? I don’t get it. It would have been better reading if you gave us the names of the 50, I won’t be shocked to discover that Moses Matenga does not have the names of the 50 outgoing MPs.

  6. MDC T this time in Kwekwe hamulume because your mp Chebundo has done nothing for the past 10years,we don’t even know him.One question for you Chebundo,mari yeCDF wakaisshandisa chii uye wakaitei nayo?

  7. Oh, and by the way, yes this was a shoddy report. I clicked through expecting to see the list of axed MPs, but only got highlights which we have all already seen. Does anyone know where I can get the full list of people contesting the elections?

  8. ZANU’PF’ has always done zvido zvevanhu, yakavasunungura kubva kuunhapwa nemabritish, ikadzidzisa vanhuvayo, ikavaka zvipatara jawi, migwagwa, ikaisa magesti kumaruwa, ikapa vanhu minda. Saka munodachiizve. Iknozvino munonzi zvitongei beminers, farmers, be whatever you want because you are educated imi moramba moti bhunu ngaridzoke ritizore magarine pamuromo imi mongonazva chete. Mukai vanhuveZimbabwe. ZANU’PF’ ndizvo, ROBERT GABRIEL MUGABE ndizvo. Kuda kana kusada tirikupinda panyanga zvekare apatakasimba chaizvo. Bhunu richarwadziwa zvaro regai muone, mapruveya hatitaure zvedu.

    • Matakadya kare haanyaradzi pwere inenzara .Regai kuudza vanhu nhema muchiti pane anoda kudzorera nyika ku va chena.Zvinoratidza kushomeka kwenjere.makatadzira vanhu tichitevera vana zindoenda waneyi mberi hakuna chiedza.Minda yamunoreva yakazouya muna 2000 tapanduka,edzai dzimwe nyambo munyengere vasina njere semwi ,

    • Ukawana nguva ukwane. Ezvinezvi Zanu mapa Zim yedu kuma China. If ur so nationalistic and patriotic dzingai ma Zhing Zhong ayo. Kuita basa rekuita focus nezvinhu zvakudhara muchajoina wo e reality at hand in this 21st century riinhi ko?

    • Zvipatara jahwi zvisina mushonga ne ma nurse ne madoctor a failed healthcare system ndiyo yaurikuda kuti tifarire iyoyo? Ita mushe. Iwewe muka. Racism ne failed policies zvega zvega zvamunoparidza kuZanu uko. Tipeiwo zviri nani

  9. Simple math at play. MDC’s MPs, being the majority in Parliament in 2008, 17 fall in primaries, whereas, on the other hand, Zanu PF’s MPs, a minority party in parliament in 2008, 33 fail primaries. My calculus mind summises that the electorate is more fed up with Zanu PF MPs than the MDC MPs and will thus be trounced at the forthtcoming elections in the ratio 3:1. i .e for any 4 constituents, MDC gets 3 and Zanu PF gets 1. May not be a rocket scientist , but come poll day day, am not a pundit!!

    • You analysis failed to take one big factor into consideration, in Zanupf, every MP post was up for grabs in the primaries whereas in the MDC a lot of MPS were shielded by the confirmation exercise in which the ordinary electorate did not vote. Surely common sense will tell you that if every MDC MP went through the primaries like they did in Zanu, then a hell lot more of them would have fallen by the wayside.

  10. @tk hatina kumboti tiri kuda magetsi kumaruwa isu tiri kuda kuguta. Zvobatsirei kuita magetsi pasina chekuashandisa. Uchimukawo newe kupusa kunenge kungwanu dununu. Handifunge kuti wakambopinda kune dzimwe nyika seSA ukaona dvlpmnt iriko coz havaite empowerment yakapusa mukai ikoko kuzanu hatinye ivhu isu takagara tinaro iri hapana zvarakatipa

  11. MPs are law makers not constituency developerso development must be chennelled through local authorities so u tell me development in urban centres was done by MPs saka kumaruzevha tanga tisina maMP here zvapasina chiri kudevelopwa Zivai zvekuvhotera kunogadzira mitemo yenyika kwavanofanira kuita.Vhotai makangwara

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