Mutasa blocked in by-election tilt

MUTARE - Former Presidential Affairs minister Didymus Mutasa yesterday came face to face with the unyielding nature of President Robert Mugabe’s administration when he was blocked from registering as a Zanu PF candidate for the forthcoming Headlands by-election.

His nomination papers, which were filed on his behalf by his chief elections agent Sabina Ranganai Chitema, were rejected by the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (Zec), scuttling his re-election bid in the June 10 by-election.

All in all, four candidates had moved to file their papers at the close of the Nomination Court late afternoon yesterday. The by-elections are being boycotted by opposition leader Morgan Tsvangirai’s MDC and all its splinter outfits.

Only Mutasa’s papers out of the four candidates who came to file their papers were rejected. The successful candidates were Christopher Chingosho (Zanu PF), David Mukunda (National Constitutional Assembly) and Albert Mukaratirwa (Independent). The three successful candidates were immediately served with their appointment forms.

“Didymus Noel Edwin Mutasa’s papers were rejected. He was not sponsored by the party which he had indicated in this Nomination Court,” said Zec provincial elections officer, Retired Colonel Moffat Masabeya.

Masabeya added that a multi-party stakeholders meeting would be held before the by-election, in accordance with subsection 70 (c) of section 46 of the Electoral Act Chapter 213.

“A multi-party stakeholders’ meeting shall be held at Headlands Malt Canal High School on the April 10 starting from 10:00am. We encourage candidates and their chief election candidates to attend,” he said.

Mutasa, who is a former top aide of Mugabe, is part of a group of disaffected ruling party stalwarts who are taking Mugabe head on and fronting a rival Zanu PF that is using the slogan “People First”. He has also said that the group is pinning their hopes on the popular widow of the late liberation war icon General Solomon Mujuru, Joice, to lead the party.

“There is no doubt that the person who will take Zimbabwe from the current political and economic mess is Amai Mujuru,” Mutasa said in a recent interview with the Daily News.

“The government has failed and the Look East policy only makes a few people rich. Only until there is a real change of government, we are all going to suffer. The only person capable of changing this is Amai Mujuru. We are members of the original and genuine Zanu PF which was formed on August 8, 1963. We constitute the nucleus that bore the brunt of the national struggle. Unlike the mafikizolos who constitute the new-look and illegal central committee and politburo of the 2014 Zanu PF.

“Our membership is composed of the original and seasoned politicians, commanders of the Zimbabwe African National Army (Zanla), Zimbabwe People’s Revolutionary Army (Zipra) and Zimbabwe People’s Army (Zipa) forces who are now being marginalised,” Mutasa added.

Revealing their close contact with some key members of the post-December Zanu PF, Mutasa also said they were working closely with chairpersons who were deposed in the run-up to the damp squib 2014 party congress.

Ahead of that controversial congress, Zanu PF fired nine elected provincial chairpersons who were perceived to be sympathetic to Mujuru. He also said, “Amai Joice Teurai Ropa Mujuru is a team player and a fine compromiser. She always puts ‘People First’ and the unity of the party above her personal ambitions”.

He added that they supported all those purged for aligning with Mujuru before, during and after the 2014 congress and also those who left the party in the past because they were disgruntled. Notable persons who have been chucked out from the post-congress Zanu PF include Mujuru, Mutasa, former party spokesperson Rugare Gumbo, former war veterans’ leader Jabulani Sibanda and former Mashonaland West provincial chairperson, Temba Mliswa.

Comments (8)

mudydmus mutasa tasa is the foolishiest man on the land.i have never seen such foolishness all my life.

nyika yaramba - 9 April 2015

but this man how would he want to contest his own seat.

foolish - 9 April 2015

Dzamutasa ndidzo dzinonzi nharo rukongo kunevasingadzizivi. Regai muone maperero anoita mari yekuba huye mufiro unoita mhondi

barue - 10 April 2015

If the reporters can not understand the simple fact that dydimus diesel n'anga mutasa's nomination papers were idiotic, it then follows that the reporter is equally idiotic not mentioning the editorial team!

reason - 10 April 2015

Why was Mutasa trying to represent the ZANU PF which he despises? These are certainly the last kicks of a dying horse. Pure circus at its highest degree.

Mentalist - 10 April 2015

In their quest to portray Zanu Pf as a party at war, these journalists will support any trash from Mutasa. So does Mutasa mean that only those who went to war and formed the nucleus of the party should occupy leadership positions? He should realise that his is a fading generation!

godfrey gudo - 10 April 2015

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