MDC big guns fall

HARARE - Several bigwigs from Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai’s MDC face the axe in Harare following failure to secure a two-thirds confirmation to represent the party in harmonised elections set for later this year.

MDC spokesperson for Harare province, Obert Gutu confirmed on his Facebook page yesterday that party bigwigs who include Science and Technology minister and Budiriro legislator Heneri Dzinotyiwei as well as the local chairperson of African Parliamentarians Network Against Corruption (Apnac) and Kambuzuma legislator Willias Madzimure have failed the confirmation test.

“In Sunningdale the sitting MP Margaret Matienga has failed the nomination process. Out of the 204 votes in the district, she only got 24.

“This means there will be a primary election in Sunningdale Constituency on a date to be announced.”

Other party heavyweights who fell by the wayside in the confirmation exercise are Highfield East MP Pearson Mungofa, his neighbour in Highfield West Simon Hove and Elias Jembere of Epworth.

Glen Norah member of the House of Assembly Gift Dzirutwe has also not been confirmed.

It was however, all smiles for Women’s Affairs minister, Jessie Majome who is also Harare West MP as she was confirmed by an overwhelming majority of 93 percent of the vote.

Public Service minister and Kuwadzana legislator Lucia Matibenga, her Labour counterpart Mufakose MP Paurina Mpariwa, deputy Mines minister and Southerton member of the House of Assembly Gift Chimanikire, party chairperson for Harare Province Paul Madzore (Glen view South) were also confirmed.

Fani Munengami (Glen View North) was also confirmed.

In the troublesome Harare South constituency currently held by Zanu PF’s Hubert Nyanhongo, the MDC will field Jacob Mafume who romped to victory in the primary elections.

Party youth assembly president Solomon Madzore also emerged triumphant in Dzivaresekwa Constituency where a primary election was held after the incumbent Evelyn Masaiti stood aside to be considered in the women’s quota introduced by the party.

Former radio and TV personalities Eric Knight and James Maridadi, who contested Mbare and  Mabvuku constituencies respectively, were both victorious.

Maridadi, former Tsvangirai spokesperson was battling it out with former legislator Timothy Mubhau and James Chidhakwa while Knight, who polled 198 votes, squared off with ward 4 councillor Friday Muleya, former Mbare legislator Tichaona Munyanyi and Stan Zvorwadza.

Zvorwadza managed 146 votes.

MDC has come up with a requirement that sitting MPs are subjected to a confirmation exercise.

If the results so far are anything to go by, the MDC will feel vindicated as some of the so-called big guns have not been protected by the confirmation clause.

Today, the intriguing party internal elections and confirmation exercise will be in Chitungwiza province where fireworks are again expected. - Mugove Tafirenyika

Comments (1)

IT was a battle of the James's in Mabvuku Tafara constituency on Saturday 25 May 2013 in primary elections to choose an MDC represantative. The elections which were won by James Maridadi saw 11 candidates contesting for the sole ticket. 558 people casted their votes and there were only 2 spoiled papers. Maridadi polled 236 votes, his namesake McLynton James Chidakwa, who is the MDC National Youth Assembly Secretary for Defence and Security ganered 115 votes. The rest of the candidates had less than 100 votes. Timothy Mubhawu who was the MP in 2005 and was trying his luck for the second time had 84 votes, District Chairlady Tikiwa Sekadara came 4th with 36 votes, Ward 21 Chairman Kemon Chati 21 votes, Mrs Madamamombe, wife to the late MP Shepherd Madamombe had 19 votes, District Chairperson Cosmas Ndira, brother to the late Tonderai, had 18 votes, Joseph Chikwanha Ward 19 Brach Chairman 15 votes, Margaret Margret Kulinji 5 votes, Kingstone 5 votes and lastly Falls Nhari, Harare province Secretary for Local Government had 2 votes. The elections went on very peacefully with all the candidates accepeting the results and pledged to work together to make sure that Zanu PF does not win in the forthcoming elections. They also promised to campaign vigorously as one family and making sure that more people register as voters since our main goal is to see our President Morgan Richard Tsvangirai occupying State House. Meanwhile Leader McLynton James Chidakwa will be leaving for the United States of America tomorrow on a US Leadership Exchange Programme. He is going with the Youth Assembly Secretary General Promise Mkwananzi and Secretary for International Relations, Maureen Kademaunga. The 3 will be representing the MDC T while Zanu PF and MDC N will also send their represantatives. THE LAST MILE TOWARDS REAL TRANSFORMATION!!!!

mdcmabvukutafara - 27 May 2013

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