Disgruntled Zanu PF supporters threaten to vote for opposition

DISGRUNTLED Zanu PF supporters in Manicaland province have threatened to vote for the opposition after their preferred candidates were disqualified from contesting the ruling party’s primary elections.

BY KENNETH NYANGANI

The party members are demanding national political commissar Engelbert Rugeje to intervene and order a fresh candidate vetting exercise.

This came as hundreds of Zanu PF supporters protested at Gurure Secondary School in Makoni South district on Saturday following reports that aspiring candidate Misheck Mataranyika had been disqualified for being a newcomer to the constituency.

The development also followed complaints that some party officials eyeing certain constituencies were pulling out their rivals’ CVs to protect their turf during the selection process.

“We have heard that Misheck Mataranyika has been disqualified for no apparent reason. He has been supporting us in our projects for several years, we are calling the national political commissar to come and solve the matter,” said a Zanu PF activist who declined to be named for security reasons.

Headman Lia Mupambawashi said all aspiring candidates should be accorded the space to contest in the primaries.

“We are saying that all those with capabilities should contest in the primaries, we have known Mataranyika long back and we are aware what he is capable of doing,” he said.

A war veteran, Never Chikara, said Rugeje should come and solve the CVs issue as the party risked losing candidates who enjoy grassroots support.

In Mutare North, councillors aligned to sitting MP Batsirai Pemhenayi were also reportedly disqualified on flimsy charges.

Candidates with interest in Chikanga/Dangamvura constituency alleged that sitting MP Esau Mupfumi was trying to block them.

Over five candidates have filed to challenge Mupfumi and some have fallen by the wayside, with local businessman Kenneth Muchina being disqualified for failing to meet the selection criteria.

A source told NewsDay yesterday that the vetting process lacked transparency.

“The vetting of CVs was not in good faith. How can an interested party preside over other candidates. If they want to disqualify you they just put an adverse comment about you, for example saying that you are an ally of former Vice-President Joice Mujuru.

“If you do not give kick-backs the provincial leadership will try by all means to disqualify you,” the source said.

In Headlands constituency, there were reports of attempts to block young turk Farai Mapfumo who is set to challenge incumbent Christopher Chingosho in the primaries slated for next month.

Similar complaints have been raised in Chipinge South, Central and Nyanga North constituencies.

Zanu PF Manicaland political commissar Gift Kwageda insisted that no candidate would be disqualified, saying the national selection committee had the final say.

“What the district does is it follows the vetting process and submit with their comment to election commission led by the national political commissar. The district even the province have no right to disqualify the candidates. You are disqualified in Harare not here in the province,’’ he said.

Provincial administration secretary Kenneth Saruchera last week told journalists that disqualified candidates were free to appeal to the party’s national elections directorate.

11 Comments

  1. Disgruntled MDC supporters also intend to support alternative parties

  2. Comment…its wisely to vote for other party because zanu pf is useless party with full of useless old horses,who dont have a direction for da past 38years people suffering come on guys lets be together and vote for change,mnagangwa and mugabe is one thing im telling you,be wisley vote for change!

    1. Stop lying to people Mugabe and ED are not the same. Ed is committed to turning around the economy and he has proved that so far as can be seen from his investment thrust, his re-engagement initiatives with the western world and opening up of political space essential all the things RGM would not want to hear. And by the way people should not just vote for change but practical realistic policies otherwise it would be another five wasted years. Nero should come clean on his turn around strategies and policies. The $15Billion from States and dreams of eight lane spaghetti roads are all wishful thinking and unfortunately there are no boundaries to it, thats why they say if wishes were horses beggars will be riders. Dreaming is one thing but articulating how one would realise those dreams in the real challenge

      1. it is time the authorities of Zanu Pf made a paradigm shift from politics of entitlement to politics of delivery to constituencies. In a new political policy the authorities must require Zanu Pf candidates to declare what it is they are going to do for their constituencies in education, finance and economic development, transport, in pensions, health services, industry and technology, etc. In so declaring their pledge to their constituencies, they must demonstrate categorically that they have an effective strategy to deliver on these their promises – in fact they must have a shadow infrastructure ready to deliver on their promises consisting a whole team of appropriately skilled experience people, how they would raise the finances to implement the strategy, etc.
        Once Zanu Pf authorities place this requirement on its candidates, they will automatically have placed this same requirement on themselves, and they will be set to win the elections.
        The cries from these Zanu Pf members demanding so an so to be the candidate in such and such constituency are all a sign of call for relatives, comrades, cronies, to be retained so that they too will benefit once they stay on – this is the patronage system that the former President had built in order for to stay in power ad infinitum, at the expense of economic development. The authorities must move away from patronage. show us what you can earn in a day’s work

  3. Comment…nginesicelo zulu omuhle nina bendlu emnyama ne mhlophe kulo lonke jikelele kwelakithi e Zimbabwe,sihlupheke okweminyaka engu 38 years sihlushwa yiqembu le zanu pf no mugabe,sekuphume u mugabe sebethi bona sebezokwenza kahle babengakwenzi ngani okuhle kwasekuqaleni,ngoba okubuhlungu labo bantu ababesihluphekisa kuseseyibo labo njalo lo muntu oseyifolosi nguye ubeyisithenjwa sika Mugabe,aslong ilizwe lethu lisakhokhelwe ngabantu abanje ngo Mnangagwa,khaya,mpofu,chinamasa,mohadi,chiwenga ngiyafunga ngiyagomela akukho la esiyakhona,qaphelani bakwethu ingwe ngeke itshitshe amabala ayo,asizameni amanye amadoda sibapheni ithuba sibone ukuthi bona ngeke basise e cannan na! Okwenzeke ko Bulawayo ngempelasonto kube yisibonelo esihle,izimfa mona ziphendule zathi ngabantu ababuya kwezinye izifundazwe,ngamanga aluhlaza ncwe ngabantu bako bulawayo laba,i zim yonke iyaduma ithi Chamisa! Chamisa!

  4. Do not think for the second time just vote for Chamisa forget about Zanu PF.

  5. #chamisa has my vote

    1. chamisa is my vote

  6. @manginde uri dofo rakadzidza dofo remadofo kana dofo chairo ririkuona kuti zvinhu zvavaworse kudara mugabe.ediot namugabe same same

  7. STOP THIS SHALLOW JOURNALISM…I CAME FROM MUTARE NORTH CONSTITUENCY THERE IS NO SUCH MESS ..PEOPLE ARE SIMPLY FED UP WITH PEMHENAYI HENCE OPTING FOR ANOTHER REPRESENTATIVE WHICH IS GOOD BECAUSE FOR THE PAST FIVE YEARS PEMHENAYI DID NOT BROUGHT ANY CHANGE TO OUR COMMUNITY EXCEPT ORGANISING BOOZER FOOTBALL MATCHES TO WHICH MY COLLEAGUES PLAY BAREFOOTED…IN PARLIAMENT HE NEVER UTTERED ANY SINGLE QUESTION EVEN A POINT OF ORDER SO ITS TIME UP FOR HIM…ANYWAYS UM CERTAIN THAT IN 2023 I WILL BE THE LEGISLATOR FOR THE CONSTITUENCY IN QUESTION.

  8. Zvakozvenyuhazvirehwimayivepi Garanewakomurudohamandishe

    Comment…Taura zvako wamai Zibusiso
    Hazvirevi kuti veZanu PF ndivo vakawanda. VeMDC-A vakawandawo. Nekudaro, pamwe veMDC-A vagumburwawo vanobva vaisa sarudzo dzavo kuZanu PF nehuwandu hwavo. Imi vabva kuZanu PF nehushoma hwenyu morakashwa. Hamawe
    garayi kudzimba dzenyu nehuwandu kana hushoma hwenyu. Musaita HOTO.Ndo zvematongero enyika izvozvo. Zvematongerwo enyika mutambo wakasvipa setsito. Zviziveyi izvozvo. Dzoko moita zvematongerwo enyika kubasa. Ndosaka vamwe voramboti, vanoda kusarudzwazve. Makore hobho MP, Councillor, senetor chaitwa mudunhu shaye. Makore makumi maviri
    wosiirawo vamwe, monorima kuminda.

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