THE confirmation exercise in Chikanga Dangamvura constituency was yesterday suspended after opposing members of the MDC-T party disagreed on the list of names of individuals that should take part in the process.
Report by Obey Manayiti
Minister of Housing and Social Amenities Giles Mutsekwa is the current MP for the area and was seeking confirmation.
If he fails the test, he will square off with prominent lawyer and human rights campaigner Arnold Tsunga.
Disgruntled party members alleged that there was plot to rig the process through manipulating the electoral college.
Those in Mutsekwa camp blamed Tsunga’s supporters for the suspension of the exercise.
Mutsekwa said he was not happy that the exercise had been suspended.
“The confusion was caused by this small group of people who are not even in the structures. They just wanted to destabilise the whole process because they had sensed that I was going to be confirmed,” he said.
Some people accused Mutsekwa of doctoring the voters’ roll after realising that he had lost support within the structures.
“We unearthed the rigging mechanism that was used here before we protested to rectify several issues regarding legitimate voters. The list that we have is different from the one that was being used and that is clear rigging. We are glad that the process has been stopped,” said Tapiwa Chikuni of ward 6.
Mutasa South MP Trevor Saruwaka, Chimanimani West MP Lynette Karenyi, Chipinge East MP Mathias Mlambo together with Nyanga North MP Douglas Mwonzora are some of the MPs who were uncontested in Manicaland.
Nyanga South MP Willard Chimbetete was declared the winner after he secured the majority needed to stand again as the candidate for his party.
Musikavanhu MP Prosper Mutseyami, Chipinge West MP Sibonile Nyamudeza, Chipinge South MP Meki Makuyana and Makoni West MP Webber Chinyadza were all confirmed.
In the Headlands primaries, David Tekeshe won against Shephard Maisiri while Trevor Sarawuka was uncontested in Mutasa Central.