Two Zanu PF MPs face disqualification

HARARE – Two Zanu PF parliamentary candidates in Mashonaland Central Province allegedly face disqualification by the Electoral Court because they do not meet the required criteria to stand in the harmonised elections.

Shepherd Mushonga, the MDC MP for Mazowe Central who is a senior member of the party in the province, has lodged a complaint with the Electoral Court challenging the decision by Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (Zec) to accept the nomination papers for Edgar Chidavaenzi for Mazowe North and Marcus Kanhanga for Guruve North constituencies.

Chidavaenzi beat the incumbent MP Cairo Mhandu in the primary elections, while Kanhanga was elected to replace the late legislator Edward Chindori-Chininga.

Mushonga alleges that Chidavaenzi has a criminal record and Kanhanga was not as a registered voter.

According to a court record seen by the Daily News, Chidavaenzi was convicted of theft at Bindura Magistrate Court and sentenced to three years. The sentence had an option for a fine.

“I complained at the Nomination Court in  Bindura that  these  two Zanu PF candidates’ papers must not be accepted by the court but it was ignored and I am going to be lodging an appeal against their nomination in court  so that they are barred from standing in the election,” said Mushonga.

Dick Mafios, the Zanu PF Mashonaland Central Province chairperson and MP for Mt Darwin South, confirmed that the MDC official was opposing the nomination of the two.

“Mushonga is making a lot of noise about candidates; he must mind his party business,” Mafios said.

“These two candidates were approved by our party structures. Chidavaenzi’s criminal matter is now water under the bridge whilst Kanhanga was chosen overwhelmingly by our supporters in the primary elections and is a registered voter.”

Mhandu declined to comment when asked what transpired at the nomination court last Friday.

“I don’t want to talk to the press about what is happening in my constituency over the primary elections,” he said.

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