Chamisa seeks Khupe disqualification

OPPOSITION MDC Alliance presidential candidate Nelson Chamisa (pictured) has vowed to “do everything possible” to force the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (Zec) to reverse its decision to accept his arch-nemesis Thokozani Khupe’s nomination papers to contest the July 30 general elections under the MDC-T banner.

BY RICHARD CHIDZA

Chamisa’s spokesperson Nkululeko Sibanda, yesterday accused Zec of playing political games using Khupe in a sinister attempt to “confuse the people”.

“Zec acted illegally. They violated Chapter 26 and, in particular, Section 10 of the Electoral Act. The commission should not have accepted Khupe’s papers with the same symbol under the banner of the MDC-T because we had submitted our papers first. In this case, the referee is not fair and we have a firm belief that they are biased or they are deliberately out to cause confusion within the electorate,” Sibanda said.

He added: “If indeed Zec was fair and wanted to play an impartial arbiter, they should have asked Khupe to demand her right to the symbol through the courts. The president (Chamisa) will challenge this and cause Zec to follow the law. We will force Zec to reverse this decision.”

Chamisa and Khupe have a pending court case where they are fighting over use of the MDC-T party symbols.

But, Zec chief elections officer Utloile Silaigwana said he was unaware of Chamisa’s complaint and would need to study the symbols first.

“I am not aware of their complaint. I am not sure if they have written to us, but I would also need to study the symbols for me to comment,” he said.

According to Sibanda, the MDC Alliance completed its processes with the nomination court on June 12 and duly paid its nomination fees the following day.

“Effectively we were registered and Zec should not have accepted Khupe’s nomination papers bearing a symbol that is similar or resembles ours. Khupe’s election agents only registered with Zec on the day of the nomination court, hours after we had already been confirmed as duly nominated.”

Chamisa’s MDC Alliance uses an open palm with the youthful opposition leader’s face in the middle, while Khupe has adopted the same open palm symbol, but with the picture of a child in the middle.

Section 46 (10) of the Electoral Act says: “Subject to subsections (8) and (9), the nomination officer in open court shall reject any nomination paper lodged with him or her at any time — (a) if he or she considers that any symbol or abbreviation specified therein in terms of paragraph (b) or (c) of subsection (1) — (iii) so closely resembles — A. The symbol of any other candidate contesting the election in the constituency concerned; or B. The recognised symbol or abbreviation of any political party, other than the political party, if any, for which the candidate concerned is standing or which is sponsoring him or her; as to be likely to cause confusion.”

But Khupe’s deputy Obert Gutu described Chamisa’s claims as “hogwash.”

“It’s absolute nonsense. Our symbol was not registered with Zec on the day of the nomination court, but months ago. These people are on a wild goose chase trying to stop us, but we are on solid legal ground. Whatever we have done is above board and Zec is headed by a respected judge of the High Court [Justice Priscilla Chigumba].
“They have tried to go to court to stop us but have failed. They will fail again,” Gutu said.

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49 Comments

  1. No cry babies in politics.YU HAVE TO FIGHT AND WIN.

  2. Is the system “work and develop your own home only ” in zimbabwe the best,rather than to render services delivery to the whole nation?

  3. Stop chasing a wild goose Chamisa. You will be referred back to the judiciary to settle your differences. Moreover, that is now water under the bridge. Pursue worthwhile issues eyeing to unseat Mnangagwa who happens to be player of your league. Why waste your precious time on ‘weaklings’? If anything I can only blame you for choosing a symbol too close to your rival’s. You had ample time to think of the alternative name and symbol in the event the court ruled against your wish. Let us focus on the treacherous road ahead of us and avoid witch hunt.

    1. HAWA WATU HAPANA TOOMEER HAKILI UTA KIDOGO — PUMBAFU TUU

    2. After all his supporters went to town saying he is smart by registering under the MDC Alliance after unveilling new symbols. Kamisa has undone himself already. Thats pathetic and thats why i and iother like minded thinkers believe that Chamisa isnt presidential material. He can woo sinners to repent and get the kingdom of heaven not the earthly kingdom. Chinhu chine vene vacho ichocho. He lacks strategy he has charisma but he lacks strategic focus. Administration isnt in his DNA, he is not a leader at all. He has led the reall MDC-Tsvangirais astray. Mark my words. there shall be a lot of pieces on the floor (Chamisa sharing votes with Khupe) when chiwenga advised you to sort legitimacy issues you said anobwara uyu!!!! Hezvoko bwaaaaaa Khamisa bwaaaaaaaa

  4. Chamisa igwara unorwa nemunhu weese manje zvakadaro pamberi na ED…..

    1. Comment…Kusakwana ndiko kunokunetsai ….vana ED vakauraya nyika for 38 years apa urikuti pamberi naye ….vakambunyikidza kodzero dzevanhu 2008 vachirovesa vanhu nekunyengesa mambuya kumamisha nemapenzi eZanu pf zvese zvozvo hamuzvioni but kungoti pamberi neZanu ….izvozvi mwana wako haasi kudzidza pachikoro chaunoda zvese zvozvo hauoni kupusa

  5. Yoh chamisa you are a sexist NXAA is it because she is a woman that u have such a vendetta against her. Vote ED baba chaivo vanosimudzira vanhukadzi be mwanasikana

    1. you are stupid and maaaad ..does that make me sexist to realise you ineptness

  6. Its difficult my president ri challenge again now. Kets concentrate about our wishes of the Alliance. Yes the law doesn’t say that as you said but the main player on the ground is Mnangagwa and his counterparts of ZEC. They know all the sections that u mentioned but they don’t follow it becoz of having the powers. The system used by Chigumba and company is wrong. No one is guarantee and one day they will pay for it.

    1. “they know all the section you mentioned but they dont follow it because they have powers” hmmm this is so sad, African leaders we really need to push for real democracy in africa. it is so sad to listen to such an abuse by ZEC leader, we all need to noe company behind the ballot paper printing firm. We used to blame our reserve bank for being a failed example but sometimes the governor tries to explain the secrete features on our failed bond. if we all noe featues on our money, why not having the same right on our ballot papers.

  7. All animals are equal, but some animals are more equal than other. It’s a motto Chamisa has to adopt. It looks like he doesn’t want to participate in a fair and competitive election. Hypocrite.

  8. Confuse voters how? if the people realy like you they will vote you, handiti paballot pane face yako nezita rako?

  9. We voters are not confused Mr Chamisa FYI. We know your name, the alliance you represent and your face.Kana uchidiwa then is there any reason to freak out?

  10. Anti females every time.

  11. GET RID OF MUGABE CONSTITUTION NOW

  12. And Chamisa represents a party campaigning for democratic change? Lol, he is worse than any tyrant

  13. KHUPE IF U HAVE PEOPLE AT HEART U ARE NOT SUPPOSED TO FIGHT THE WILL OF THE PEOPLE. ACTUALLY PEOPLE DONT HATE U BUT IN THE MEAN TIME ZIMBABWE NEEDS A MAN’S MUSCLE. THATS WHY PEOPLE ARE RALLING BEHIND CHAMISA. LET THE GROUND BE EVEN THEN U CAN CONTEST. ITS NOT YET TIME FOR WOMEN. THE ENVIRONMENT IS STILL TOO HARSH

  14. Chamisa is fast turning into a loose canon. He fights ZEC, ED, Khupe, The judiciary, Alliance partners and everyone else. At this rate, he will burn out way before the eRections!!!!!

  15. Tired of this Chamisa hogwash. He is at war every step. What is he so afraid of when he claims that he is the people’S choice. Shut up already! #edhasmyvote

  16. a house built on a bad foundation will crumble and great will be the fall thereof. From the day Nero rushed to grab the reigns of the mdc unconstitutionally, instead of taking a moment to show some respect for the departed founding leader and then to follow the constitutional process; I knew that disaster was in the pipeline. Even if he had lost against the wishes of all of his supporters, he would have been forced to start his own party and definitely would have come out much stronger than he now is.

    Five more years of Black Rhodesia and the Black Rhodesians.

  17. viruss vigoroso

    chamisa is a cry baby lol he doesn’t even deserve to be kana councilor zvayo

  18. It’s in Zanu PF’s advantage for Khupe to cause confusion but she will not confuse anyone. Most people know where to vote and who to vote for.

  19. Ruvarashe Dube

    Mr chamisa is it because uKhupe ngumfazi or because lindebele?

  20. gutu speak for urself l dont respect chigumba

  21. basa kugona kuti ‘ndipeyi vakadzi vese muone ndikasavamitisa” tsve kuimpower women .why are you a patriacky chamisa. Ed pfeeeee

  22. Bushiri prophecy is spot on. The final winner is a political leader who believes on uniting Zimbabweans for the common good of our nation and our people. If we have one of the top contender in our July 30 elections still believing in fighting another presidential candidate, that leader is shooting self out of win matrix. Everyone willing to see the prophecy being fulfilled should put their votes on the candidate who is willing to unite Zimbabweans out of pure love, fairness, freedom and mutual coexistennce of all citizens. Anyone who wants to be President of Zimbabwe must freely seek the right of leadership from the citizens without prejudice and/or hatred against another candidate.

    1. on point

  23. asi ballot paper rinenge rine masmbols eparty chete????? why is this chamisa being so pathetic nobody will be confused tinoziva pekuisa vote yedu usatityira nero we are educated enough why underestimating the people kudaro kuedza vanhu madummy dummy chaiwo….nxaaaaa

  24. The appointment of Chamisa and Mudzuri as Tsvangira’s deputies, when was he was ill was done to make sure MDC was not led by a Ndebele. That was tribalistic and Khupe saw it and would not take it.
    It would have been much better for the MDC to enter the election under Khupe or Mudzuri, who reason much better than this confused youngman. Chamisa will definitely lose this election and more to come until the MDC chooses a better leader.
    We will be voting for mature and developmental leadership. You know what I mean!!!

  25. This guy is starting to annoy people now, how long should he keep attacking this defenseless woman. This alliance is rubbish at its worst. Nxaaa

  26. proud diasporan

    yaa go on zimbos hameno kuti maElections anokuitisei chaizvo.yu just do not learn. 5 more years of pauperisation. #EDHASMYVOTE kudii!!! itai tione.

  27. Chamisa has big flows first he is the one who caused KHUPE to stand for herself. The guy cannot co exist with other people Khupe was duly elected all it needed was to sit down with her but he thought you could just brush aside adult elected founder member and a woman and from Matebeleland. ANY NORMAL PERSON WOULD HAVE KNOWN THAT KHUPE WAS TO BE A VIP IN THIS GAME. SHE WENT TO PAY HER RESPECT AND WAS NEARLY BURNT IN A HOUSE WITH CHAMISA PEOPLE TELLING HER TO GO BACK TO BYO. THAT SHOWS IMATURITY AND A MAN WHO PUTS HIS HEAD IN THE BACKSIDE WHO CANNOT SEE BEYOND HIS NOSE. NO MATTER HOW GOOD NOBODY CAN FIGHT THE WORLD AND WINE EVERYBODY WHO HAS COMMENTED CASTIGATES CHAMISA. ED KNOWS HOW TO WORK WITH OTHER PEOPLE HE CONSULTS TAKES ADVISE BY THE TIME WE GET TO ELECTIONS CHAMISA WILL HAVE BUNGLED MANY THINGS. PEOPLE LETS VOTE FOR ONE WHO RESPECTS WOMEN unites ZIMBABWE Chamisa likes shit stirring

  28. Every song has a beginning and every son has an ending

    Dont lie iwe proud diasporan,hakuna munhu ari kunze ane dzakakwana anovhotera zanu pf.The law says when another party comes to register to participate in an election,the party’s symbols should be different from the others whose nomination papers have already been accepted.It is that simple.Why then would an organisation that is headed by a judge fail to abide by such a simple legal requirement?There are quite a number of illiterate people who may end up voting for the wrong candidate of their choice because of the deliberate confusion planted by ZEC.The truth is only a few people are benefitting from zane pf’s misrule.How can people with functioning brains be told to vote for Mnangagwa so that he will arrest all criminals and corrupt people.Whats stopping him from arresting them since he has the same powers that he will have after he is voted into office.Even kindergatten kids cannot be lied to like that vachingobvuma.All the billion dollar deals that he has signed/not even a sign that things will improve in trhe near future.Kungovukura nekungovukura like his predecessor but no action and he did it for 38 years.Zanu pf only benefits mbavha and opportunists,not the ordinary people.Even if you look closely to their supporters ,most of them live in abject poverty.This is surely satanic.

    1. We do not do remote voting, if you are a Zimbabwean come on the ground.Kwete kufurira vanhu muriDiaspora.

  29. We can keep on scolding and fighting each other, but visionless ZANU PF and SUPPORTERS are zimbabwe’s main evil enemy who have no shame for destroying the future generations’ lives and the totally demising of zimbabwe which will never ever forged ahead as services delivery and development are the cornerstone of every country,but for ZANUS’ WISHFUL THINKING are stalked only on power retention, and are totally failing to look back and take account of 38 years of evil destruction.Zimbabwe is not for Zanu pf alone, but for everyone to live in and work. Remember death is the powerful tool that everyone must be bothered of.Hence the people’s main enemy- zanu pf government must demise.

  30. IMWI MUCHINGOVUKURA KUDAYI SAKA ZANU PF INGA REGEREYI KUTONGA ZVAYO? FOR AS LONG AS CONFUSION IS STILL REINING SUPREME IN THE OPPOSITION CIRCUS, ZANU PF CANNOT FOLD ITS HANDS AND WATCH LIKE THAT. STOP DWELLING ON THE PAST, BE PROGRESSIVE. DWELLING ON INCONSEQUENTIAL TRIAVIALITIES DOES NOT PAY ANY DIVIDENDS. GIVE US BREAD & BUTTER ISSUES THAT ARE REALISTIC.

  31. I have never attended any ones rally be it Chamisa, Mnangagwa, mai Mujuru or Khupes but from the looks of it Chamisa is a treat to all. Why put thorns in his path alone including Zec. If this is coming from God Himself no matter what may come. You will surely fall and this boy will remain standing. Again if it is God’s will that he will win this election no amount of hatred will bring him down.

  32. Is it possible to disqualify Chamisa? He dishonors opposition

  33. Why Chamisa can’t just lead his campaign without doing weird things?

  34. uyu mwana anonzi chamisa akuita kunge mugabe manje uye he is full of himself ,kana ari popular like he says dambudziko riri papi apa pastor chamisa hunhu hwavo hausi hwemufundisi kurwa ndekwamwari uku. u use violence on this women and now this ……………shame on you. ED AKATOITIRWA ZVAKAWANDA KUTUKWA KEWMAKORE ASI NDIYE anetenge ndiye mufundisi wani . regererai vanokutadzirai … ndimi futi vemasanctions kaimi

  35. Chamisa created the Khupe problem by his stupidity, childishness and power hunger. Now he is crying like the little baby he is.

  36. Chamisa is an incompetent fool …. Politics dzenyika haasi ma books baba wangu

  37. Comment…Asina zita, zvino ndiyani akaporofitwa naBushiri apa?

  38. Tman zimbabwe

    Leave khupe alone. Respect her as a human being in her own country. Simples don’t vote. After all chamisa has no good reasons why he hates her. I don’t hear Thoko’s talking nonsense. She has professional and politically mature. Only earthquake activity will stop her. Go on Thoko don’t be stopped by these burking dogs

  39. Pamberi na #ed. Chamisa is a cry baby.He has a big problem.He is fast becoming like Mugabe.

  40. I have been watching chamisa and listening to his words. This young man is seriously becoming like Bob mugabe. He blames everyone for his own mess.He grabbed power unconstitutionally. Now he is blaming zec. He registered mdc alliance as a party meaning mdct is no longer his. Changed my vote. Am now voting #as. I don’t want another mugabe. Sorry guys…

  41. Let God’s will prevail

  42. Selfish and heartless #telltalesigns

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