Zanu PF conducts shambolic primaries

TURMOIL rocked Zanu PF’s primary elections yesterday with the former ruling party shamefully failing to conduct polls in dozens of constituencies due to the shambolic manner the exercise was planned.

As reported by the Daily News yesterday, Zanu PF failed to provide ballot boxes and ballot papers and reports indicated last night that President Robert Mugabe’s party was in crisis over candidates to contest in the general elections.

The internal Zanu PF elections woefully exposed the party’s ill-preparedness for pending elections amid reports the party took its begging bowl to parastatals and asked members to fund the primaries.

Frustrated Zanu PF members told the Daily News yesterday that they are going to stand as independent candidates, while others indicated that they would revert to the 2008 bhora musango modus operandi.

Some alleged the unsecured ballot boxes — which included cardboard boxes and buckets — were stuffed with ballots.

Across the country, Zanu PF voters had to use bond paper with provinces such as Mashonaland West and Central failing to kick-start the process by as late as 6pm yesterday.

In most polling centres, voting only started around midday.

In Hurungwe West, aspiring candidates, Tinoziva Mahere, Patrick Maponga, Dorcas Bere and Joy Mafira, were asked by the provincial elections directorate to contribute towards the purchase of ballot papers and boxes.

A process that was supposed to end at 7pm failed to take off in the former Zanu PF’s stronghold of Hurungwe, which is currently held by the MDC.

“There is chaos here, we have not yet started the process because of logistical challenges,” said Zanu PF candidate Temba Mliswa. “In order for the process to be transparent it is ideal to have the elections tomorrow (today).”

An hour before the scheduled closing of voting, hundreds of Zanu PF members in Mashonaland Central had not cast their ballots.

Citing logistical bottlenecks, Dickson Mafios, Zanu PF chairperson for Mashonaland Central confirmed that primary elections had been postponed in Bindura North and Bindura South.

Yesterday this paper was inundated with calls as irate Zanu PF supporters claimed they had been disenfranchised.

In Chikomba West at Featherstone, disgruntled supporters protested after realising that their names were not on the voter’s list.

Around Harare, Zanu PF card carrying members endured long hours queuing to cast their votes in a process that was presided by the party’s provincial executives, and State security personnel, including uniformed police officers.

Zanu PF politburo member, Tendai Savanhu, denied allegations that he had bussed supporters from surrounding suburbs to vote in Mbare.

“The process is going well here, how can I bus people when those who will vote will be drawn from the structures,” queried Savanhu.

Intra-party violence reared its ugly head in the ex-majority party, as angry and impatient Zanu PF supporters defied the party’s rules and regulations in volatile suburbs such as Mbare, Epworth and Harare South.

In Zvimba South, Marian Chombo, the ex-wife of Local Government minister Ignatius Chombo, will now take on her former husband as an independent candidate after she had her name controversially removed from the ballot papers.

Marian, who along with other disenchanted Zanu PF aspiring legislators demonstrated against the party’s ingrained culture of candidate imposition last week, accuses her ex-husband of manipulating the voting system in order to elbow her from the race.

In Masvingo, our reporter Godfrey Mtimba reports that polling started around 2pm after the delay in distribution of ballot boxes and papers. In some areas voting was done under trees and was conducted by police officers. Voters were using ID cards.

Although Zanu PF national chairman Simon Khaya Moyo says the results of the chaotic primary elections will be announced today at 10pm, officials in Manicaland told the Daily News that many heavyweights will bite the dust.

    Comments (6)

    We thank you for the new look of the site , but the font color is not clear as other newspapers , if you can change to REAL BLACK not GREY, otherwise w will have problems in reading this online publication

    Dema Muchando - 27 June 2013

    we want objective reporting like what the newsday is doing. we know you are a tabloid and you hate ZANU PF with a passion but lying to the public will not change the reality on the ground. by any standards, these primary elections were above board

    shumba - 27 June 2013

    Congratulations on your new refreshing look, please make the font in the article bolder.

    Kambiri - 27 June 2013

    ZANU PF is SHAMBOLIC.

    Gaba Rinocheka - 27 June 2013

    This news paper likes to says things as they are it does not pretend or lick anyone's batox so reliable is the daily,

    Diibulaanyika - 27 June 2013

    A dose of threats and bribes will restore peace in the party, especially when it administered by the men in dark sunglasses! Mugabe has war-chest of $5 billion, at least. He will pay all the losing Zanu PF candidates $20k cash on the nail plus a promise "to look after our own" to others and you will be surprise how quickly the dust settles. It is corruption, looting, money and power that have kept Zanu PF together all these years. Unlike 2008 when Mugabe was scrapping the bottom of the barrow this year, thanks to the Marange diamond windfall, Mugabe is awash with money. Internal Zanu PF squabbles are the least of Mugabe's problems. He knows none of these men and women are honest and principled. They will all sell their own mothers for a price and be proud they had a mother to sell. Their blind loyalty is for sell and he has the money with which to buy it! Mugabe's real problem is the wry Zimbabwean voters. He will spend billions buying them food and beer but can he trust them to vote for him? We all know they did not do so in the March 2008 vote. He is saddened that he cannot revert to using violence again as he did in 2008, not this year! The international community will declare him "illegitimate" and SADC will not lift a finger this time!

    Wilbert Mukori - 27 June 2013

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