‘I will beat Mutsvangwa 100 times’

PRESIDENT Emmerson Mnangagwa’s special adviser and Zimbabwe National Liberation War Veterans Association chairman Christopher Mutsvangwa’s opponent in Zanu PF Norton primary elections Langton Mutendereki has dug in his heels promising a bloody nose for the former Cabinet minister.

BY RICHARD CHIDZA/ NUNURAI JENA

Mutendereki won the first round in the contentious Zanu PF internal selection process for the right to represent the ruling party in the general elections expected later this year, but the result was nullified after Mutsvangwa loudly protested claiming “rigging”.

While sources close to Mutsvangwa claimed there were “negotiations” for Mutendereki to “step aside” the little-known politician poured cold water on the suggestions.
“There are moves to try and persuade Mutendereki to step aside. Talks are in progress,” said a source close to the issue, adding this might allow Mutsvangwa a free passage to stand as a Zanu PF candidate.

But Mutendereki yesterday said he would not be distracted by “heresay”.

“There is nothing like that. I am preparing for the primary election re-run and ready for it. It is not correct. In fact, nobody has approached me either cordially or in a threatening fashion. I am still very much in the race,” he said.

Mutendereki said he was more emboldened and convinced than ever now that he will be Zanu PF candidate come the general election.

“It’s not true that I’m being threatened to quit the rerun. Those are lies, in fact, I’m raring to go and will win this time with a wider margin . . . my friend even if the elections are held 100 times I will still beat Mutsvangwa,” Mutendereki said.

“During the first round, I was 75% sure that I would win, but now I am 100% certain. I won without anyone’s help and ready for it,” he said.

Mutsvangwa refused to comment on the issue or his chances in the re-run.

“No comment,” came the curt response. The war veterans’ leader claimed Mutendereki had received help from Mashonaland West Provincial Affairs minister Webster Shamu and his wife Constance during the primary election.

Mutsvangwa also lashed out at Zanu PF political commissar Engelbert Rugeje, whom he accused of conspiring to remove his name from the ballot paper. The former Cabinet minister also raised the red flag on Rugeje’s “abuse” of police as returning officers during the snap internal poll.

Norton is one of the eight constituencies in Mashonaland West ordered to conduct fresh elections after the initial phase was marred by irregularities.

Mutsvangwa became unpopular in Norton after stopping projects he had started after he was expelled from Zanu PF.

He was said to have removed a borehole he had installed and televisions in public places.

Independent Norton MP Temba Mliswa said Mutsvangwa was a “cry baby” and was likely to get another drubbing because he is being imposed.

Mliswa said if Mutsvangwa did the unthinkable by pulling a surprise win that will be the end of Zanu PF in trying to wrest the seat from him, saying Mutsvangwa was unpopular among Zanu PF supporters because of what he did after his expulsion.

“Mutsvangwa is a cry baby he is not man enough to accept defeat and he is likely to get another hiding because he is very unpopular with the people of Norton . . . if he happens to win in the second round my passage back to Parliament will be a stroll in the park. Zanu PF never learns they did it in the by-election and now they want to repeat the same mistake of imposing candidates,”he said.

In Chegutu West, the winner of the first round MP Dexter Nduna, who was facing disqualification has been thrown back into the ring.

The politburo stated that all people facing criminal charges in courts will not be allowed to represent Zanu PF in any election.

Nduna is facing two counts of discharging a firearm in a public place and public violence.

Contacted for comment on the issue Zanu PF spokesperson Simon Khaya Moyo said he was in a meeting, but Nduna confirmed his participation.

“I have been allowed to participate in the rerun after it was seen that there are some people who didn’t want me to participate,” Nduna said.

17 Comments

  1. Mutsvangwa lost so badly it doesn’t even make sense for a rerun

  2. Bvuma kudhliwa

    Thats the problem with ZANU PF they do not want to accept people’s will and yet this comrade was good for nothing, accept defeat mudhara

    1. Well said there,, imagine national level

  3. Comment…Nduna is being allowed to contest because he because he belongs to the lacoste cabal just as Kiri Mutsvangwa. This put to rest the lies peddled by ED that the elections will be free, fair and credible. The voice of people is the voice of God only if a lacoste affiliated person wins. Pasi nejunta.

  4. Comment…Nduna is being allowed to contest because he because he belongs to the lacoste cabal just as Kiri Mutsvangwa. This put to rest the lies peddled by ED that the elections will be free, fair and credible. The voice of people is the voice of God only if a lacoste affiliated person wins. What will happen if Nduna wins and at the same time found guilty? Pasi nejunta.

  5. The people have no voice,let alone God’s voice, as this rerun issue is showing.

  6. just beat the hell out of this voiceforus chris

    1. voiceforus – new word!!

  7. Meticulous Tumbleweed

    Be careful lest you go the Zororo Duri way young man. Duri died couple decades under more or less similar circumstances. He was refusing to lie down and allow the late Kumbirai Kangai a ZPF fat cat have his way in a certain coveted constituency.

  8. ZVINO VAKADYIWA ZVAKARE TINONYARIREPI?

  9. It will be a stroll in the park for sure

  10. Mliswa, dont say cry baby, he is a cry Madhala hahahaha now that unknown young man will rig him again kkkkkkkkkk

  11. nutty dreadlock

    zvino mtsvangwa uchadii

  12. How can someone like who seemingly needs lots of advice actually advice the president? My advice Chris step aside you lost fair and square. Any ‘victory’ by Chris will be hollow.

  13. hahaha Garwe will definitely help poor mutsvangwa because he cant come close to closing the gap in the 2018 elections without war vets support. Mutsvangwa is the warvets chairperson guys do the maths. seriously where else can he get real votes.

  14. ED and the rest of the cabal had no choice but to allow Chris M. to face another thumbing / another humiliation. Ane nharo dziri pachena uye dzino bhowa zvokuti, ka uya. He always tries to justify the unjustifiable, to pour water into a container-less container and even drink it. So vakati better azvinyadzise ega. Indeed if they rig they should count Norton gone to the opposition. As for Mliswa how long do you want to remain an independent, you are a fairly bold seasoned politician but this time around people may want someone who belongs somewhere.

  15. nutty dreadlock

    zvekuti wakarwa hondo zvashaya basa special advisor to the president muhahahahahahahahahahahahahahahah

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