HUNDREDS of aspiring Zanu PF local council and parliamentary candidates thronged the party’s provincial offices yesterday to submit their CVs ahead of today’s deadline, as the ruling party launches its candidate selection process ahead of this year’s general elections.
BY STAFF REPORTERS
Several aspiring candidates said they were happy with the way the party had progressed since the removal of former President Robert Mugabe, and they were motivated to try their luck in the party’s primaries.
Harare provincial political commissar, Douglas Mahiya cautioned against party members seeking public office for monetary gains instead of serving the people.
“You need to understand that we have had political characters before, who seemed to indicate that people do it for personal benefit rather than serving the people,” he said.
In Marondera, the submission of CVs ran concurrently with an inter-district meeting, where candidates were acquainted with election guidelines.
Notable politicians from Marondera who presented their credentials included politburo member, Sydney Sekeramayi, women’s league executive member Charity Manyeruke and educationist, Cleopas Kundiona, who are both plotting to wrest the Marondera Central seat from sitting legislator, Lawrence Katsiru, who also presented his.
Sphiwe Mukunyaidze and Richard Mavhunga, who are both eyeing Ambrose Mutinhiri’s Marondera West seat also submitted their CVs.
Mashonaland East provincial secretary for administration, Thomas Chinyama urged people to desist from tampering with cell registers and called for a level playing field.
In Bulawayo, party provincial administrator, Josphat Ndebele confirmed that prospective candidates had come in their numbers.
“Candidates started submitting their curriculum vitaes today, I do not have the exact figures yet, but we have had quite a number of them submitting,” he said.
In Mashonaland West, vice provincial chairperson and Hurungwe West legislator, Keith Guzah confirmed that they have received CVs from potential candidates”, but could not confirm the numbers.
In Manicaland, the vetting of candidates started yesterday with land developer, Nancy Saungweme given the green light to fight against prominent war veteran Iverne Mbengo in Mutare Central constituency.
The seat is currently held by MDC-T’s Innocent Gonese.
In an unexpected development, Mutare businessman Kenneth Muchina was disqualified in the Dangamvura/ Chikanga constituency, where more than five candidates filed to challenge sitting MP Esau Mupfumi.
Provincial secretary for administration Kenneth Saruchera said disqualified candidates were free to appeal.