Family affairs in National Assembly

HARARE - At least six families will be in Zimbabwe’s 8th Parliament after they won the July 31 vote.

For some, it will be a family affair in the National Assembly with the election of husbands and wives, brothers and sisters for the forthcoming parliamentary session.

Both Zanu PF and MDC have couples that were elected into Parliament.

Paul Madzore in Glen View South, one of the longest serving MDC legislators, will be joined by his younger brother Solomon who will be representing Dzivaresekwa in the National Assembly to debate national issues and the future of the country.

Paul said he did not read too much into his election victory and that of his brother and saying they were focusing on the rigging by Zanu PF.

“As we know that the elections were rigged and this is what we are all worried about, and there is nothing much to celebrate about as our president said, that there is no need to celebrate a farce election,” said Madzore.

Former minister of Water Resources (Lobengula) Samuel Sipepa Nkomo will be coming to the National Assembly together with his wife Roseline who defeated Jonathan Moyo in Tsholotsho North Constituency.

The Madzores and Nkomo families are from Morgan Tsvangirai’s MDC.

In  Zanu PF, Emmerson Mnangagwa (Chirumanzi/Zibagwe) will be joined by his wife Auxillia in Parliament as the couple won in their respective constituencies.

Former deputy minister of Labour Monica Mutsvangwa (Chimanimani) will be coming to the National Assembly with her husband Christopher who is representing Norton.

Tongai Muzenda (Gutu West) will be joined by his sister Tsitsi (Gutu) — both of whom  are children to the late vice president Simon Muzenda.

Rugare Gumbo (Midlands) joins his uncle Joram Gumbo (Mberengwa West) as they have been involved in Zanu PF politics for a span.

There are brothers from the MDC whom were also defeated in the elections, including Ramsome Makamure (Gutu East) and his brother Kufachikati Makamure (Gutu).

Tracy Mutinhiri, who wanted to represent the MDC in Marondera East and her ex-husband Ambrose Mutinhiri who was eyeing Marondera West on a Zanu PF ticket were both defeated.

Mutinhiri crossed the floor from Zanu PF and joined MDC in 2010 after she was expelled from the party and Parliament.

Marian Chombo was vanquished by ex-husband Ignatius Chombo in Zvimba Constituency.

Theresa Makone and husband Ian both lost in the election.

Theresa was seeking to be re-elected for Harare North, while Ian was eyeing Goromonzi West where he suffered defeat at the hands of Biata Nyamupinga.

Shepherd Mushonga (Mazowe Central) together with son Winfield lost in the elections in Mashonaland Central Province.

Shepherd, a former MP, lost to Thabitha Kanengoni, while Winfield was defeated by Kazembe Kazembe in Mazowe West.

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