ED winces over ‘briefcase’ parties

President Emmerson Mnangagwa has questioned the authenticity of the bulk of new political parties that have mushroomed in the past few months, saying he would soon order an investigation to find if they were genuine.

BY XOLISANI NCUBE

Addressing journalists soon after his closed-door meeting with South Africa President Cyril Ramaphosa in Harare on Saturday, Mnangagwa said he could not believe reports that 112 political parties had registered with the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission to contest this year’s polls.

“I have already invited all political parties in Zimbabwe to a roundtable, where we all commit ourselves to non-violence. We were supposed to hold this meeting on March 8, when I thought I was dealing with about eight parties. I was shocked to learn that we have more than 112 parties. So I am investigating whether, indeed, we have this number of political parties and then come up with a proper programme for the engagement,” he said.

“As a nation, party and government, we are looking forward to very peaceful, transparent and harmonised elections in July this year.”

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17 Comments

  1. they need money

  2. tendai chaminuka

    Ko ndodemocracy ka nhai cde President yamakatiudza kuti you greatly adhere to.Kana zvichitoita munhu wega wega ngaaite party yake azvivhotera the Shakespeare way

    1. Taura zvako Tendai Chaminuka.

    2. Musafare Nhumeyashe Nyamakuti

      KKKKK Tindo you are cracking me up with your sarcasm

  3. The president is right especially suspicious parties like this new one called ZANU PF which when you join you automatically become a comrade and when you leave you become MR

    1. Musafare Nhumeyashe Nyamakuti

      Newewo Huyo usadaro kkkk.

  4. It’s too easy to form and register. The fee for serious parties should be raised; at least $50 000. Otherwise the circus continues. The number of parties will indeed lengthen the ballot paper, prolong voting and verification and counting, and cause a lot of confusion.

    1. ^^^Best reply^^^

  5. ‘The president is right especially suspicious parties like this new one called ZANU PF which when you join you automatically become a comrade and when you leave you become MR’ Louder and clear ukatonzi MR u are honored u will be labeled Terrorist,hear what they are saying to likes of Mtasa Gumbo and Mutinhiri

  6. Comment…Employment creation. If every new party takes on board five then over 500 will be gainfully employed in line with mantra Zimbabwe is open for business. Politics is big business, kkk

    1. KRAP — MUGABE IS A COMMUNIST !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  7. Musafare Nhumeyashe Nyamakuti

    How much is it to register a party anyway ndizonyoresewo yangu. Tingasarire

  8. yaa soon i will be having my own party inonzi FOREVER LAND OF PEOPLE

  9. KO MAMWE MAPARTY ANOZONGOMERA SEHOWA NGUVA YEMAELECTION YASVIKA ANENGE ACHIMBOVEPI 4YRS AFTER ELECTION.MARI NGAIPIWE VANHU VARI SERIOUS NE POLITICS.KWETE AVO VANODA KUNGOTORA MARI APA HAVA KANA KWAVANOZIKANWA KUNZE KWEKUMBA KWAVO NEKUZEC KWAVAKANOSIYA MAGWARO AVO.

  10. don’t just talk without fixing Zimbabwe mheni

  11. Everyone has a right to form a political party.

  12. PROPHET271262

    Gentlemen ma party i two chete ya(1) NGWENA YAAKATORERA Gushungo ne YA(2)CHAMISA yavangavachibvamburirana ne mumwe mukadziso weku makokova
    Tumwe tose ndetweku splita ma votes hatulume.

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