Chombo mired in poll rigging claims

HARARE - Top Zanu PF officials including the party secretary for administration, Ignatius Chombo, have been sucked into an alleged central committee elections rigging scandal that threatens to further divide the ruling party.

The Daily News has in its possession a letter addressed to President Robert Mugabe and written by war veterans, detailing how political heavyweights in Mashonaland West allegedly flouted the ruling party’s constitution and went on to handpick their preferred candidates for positions in the powerful central committee.

The letter fingers Chombo, with war veterans from Kadoma claiming that “there was no election conducted to choose central committee members” — a direct violation of the party constitution.

Undersigned by retired colonels Mhidza and Maeresera, the letter also paints a sad picture regarding the way elections were allegedly conducted in most parts of the province.

“In the case of Mhondoro-Ngezi constituency, candidates forwarded as prospective members of the CC (central committee) and eventually recommended as elected had just been convicted of criminal offences,” read part of the letter.

It said Mike Gava, the Mhondoro-Ngezi legislator, was elected the central committee member for Mhondoro, notwithstanding the fact that he had been convicted for possession of an unregistered firearm.

Zanu PF’s electoral rules and regulations that were adopted last year disqualify anyone with a criminal record from taking any party positions.

Another case that the freedom fighters raised was that of senior party officials nominating “two members into the central committee coming from one cell, one branch and one district”.

“We are not happy with the way Cde I. Chombo handled the whole process. Whenever elections are held it is Chombo who comes to Kadoma to impose his preferred candidates.

“This time it was Cde Rosa Ngomalala and Cde Leonard Whenjere who reside in the same cell. It looks like he has a hidden agenda. What he does is contrary to the party constitution,” lamented the war veterans.

Chombo was not immediately available for comment yesterday.

And as the ructions in Zanu PF rumble on, the war veterans have also accused some of the people that Chombo allegedly sided with of having belonged to former Vice President Joice Mujuru’s camp.

In the letter that also sucks in fallen party heavyweight Webster Shamu, the disgruntled veterans claim that Kadoma legislator Fani Phiri and Ngomalala campaigned for Mujuru allies Themba Mliswa and

Constance Shamu respectively, in the run-up to the elections.

But Phiri ridiculed the letter yesterday saying that it had been written by losing candidates who were still bitter about their losses and did not want to concede defeat.

“I have never been the manager of Cde Themba Mliswa. The people who are writing that letter are actually the ones who have a housing scheme in the name of Mai Mujuru here in Kadoma.”

The letter, which many say is just a tip of the iceberg of widespread irregularities that characterised Zanu PF’s controversial electoral processes, also sucks in legislators like Peter Haritatos.

“Cde Chombo also favours Peter Haritatos, MP for Muzvezve who is the financier of his faction. Cde Haritatos is always uncontested either as central committee member or MP.

“On 20 September 2014 Cde Haritatos invited Mai Mujuru at Impalavale farm for a dubious field day. Dubious in the sense that it was held in

September and other members who oppose what they were doing were chased away.

“We are saying these people must not be accepted as CC members because they were dubiously appointed and that we cannot mix oil and water,” the letter says.

Comments (10)

ko iye Mugabe akavhoterwa here?

cde pombi - 8 January 2015

They must understand that there was no elective congress. It was an appointive congress and must not pretend to be surprised that everyone from CC to politiburo was appointed by the fossil or those acting on his behalf (most likely his zezuru shit-gang members)

Donato - 8 January 2015

They've rigged all the national elections too and are too dense to understand that God is an all seeing God, all knowing God. Every lie and deception will be held to account: God says liars will NOT inherit the kingdom of God. Jesus told us that the devil is the father of ALL lies. They can go to church as much as they like. It will not help. There needs to be repentance

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These disgruntled ZANU thugs must shut the f*** up. How many times have Zimbabwean citizens complained about vote rigging, selective appointmnts, disregard of the rule of law, lawlesness ZANU and ZAPU. There is nothing new in the way the affairs of ZANU and ZAPU were and are run. Nhasi zvakuwanayi! At least mapengenuka.

Garikayi - 8 January 2015

When the opposition complains about ZANU PF's rigging, they all cringe in the same corner like puppies and act like they have never of such an animal. It is only when it comes to bite them that they want to make some noise. Unless Chombo has been labeled a Mujuru ally, nothing is going to be done about his misdeeds and that comes with a guarantee.

Dr Know - 8 January 2015

What to these zanu pf criminals know about vote rigging, lawless and things like irregularities. They just want to get into this burning gravy train by hook or crook. If you see zanu people want and insisting on getting into something they up to no good. They want that bullet proof jacket and the zanu pf human rights "The right to steal, plunder and rights to kill. Immune to laws. Chombo is just doing what mugabe wanted full stop. Mash east Voted and Mugabe say the results are "wrong. " Right now there is floods in some parts of the country and there are nowhere to be seen. BUT if by any chance some valuable mineral like gold or others is unearthed by these floods then they will "EVICT" people from their areas.

X-MAN IV - 8 January 2015

Once Chombo is labelled a Mujuru ally, he surely can never, even under amnesty get out of prison. He is the dirtiest in the whole of Zanu PF, and probably could be ranked the third most corrupt politician in the whole of Africa.

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