Shocker in MDC primaries

HARARE - Top guns in Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai’s MDC, who include ministers, are kissing goodbye to Parliament after failing to launch a comeback during the party’s primary elections held over the weekend.

In Chitungwiza, heavyweights like former Housing minister Fidelis Mhashu and the town’s last executive mayor Misheck Shoko failed in their bid to represent the party in Chitungwiza North and South respectively ahead of harmonised elections, with hitherto political lightweights winning the ticket to represent the MDC.

Mhashu lost to Godfrey Sithole while Shoko lost to Canisio Makururu.

Science and Technology minister, Heneri Dzinotyiweyi lost to youth assembly deputy president Costa Machingauta in Harare province.

There was no comeback for Collin Gwiyo either, the MP for Zengeza West, who lost to businessman Simon Chidhakwa amid mudslinging from the incumbent who is crying foul, alleging that the winner is a newcomer in the MDC.

Alex Musundire, MDC chairperson for Chitungwiza, said primary elections were abandoned in the volatile suburb of St Mary’s not because of violence but because of inadequate time.

Marvellous Khumalo, incumbent MP for St Mary’s Constituency is not contesting having opted to let more than five candidates slug it out in the populous constituency.

Willias Madzimure, who failed to get a confirmation last month triggering primary elections, staged a comeback in Kambuzuma, shaking off spirited challenges from his comrades who felt he has not done much for the constituency since he became MP in 2000.

Moses Manyengavana has ended the legislative tenure of Simon Hove, while across the road in Highfield East, Eric Murayi ended Pearson Mungofa’s stint in Parliament.

In Glen Norah, Gift Dzirutwe failed to retain his seat which went to Webster Maondera.

While the top brass in the MDC who include, secretary-general Tendai Biti, organising secretary Nelson Chamisa, women’s assembly boss Theresa Makone and party spokesperson Douglas Mwonzora were unchallenged, several MPs failed the rigorous test to represent the party in the forthcoming harmonised elections.

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