MDC big guns fall

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HARARE – Several bigwigs from Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai’s MDC face the axe in Harare following failure to secure a two-thirds confirmation to represent the party in harmonised elections set for later this year.

MDC spokesperson for Harare province, Obert Gutu confirmed on his Facebook page yesterday that party bigwigs who include Science and Technology minister and Budiriro legislator Heneri Dzinotyiwei as well as the local chairperson of African Parliamentarians Network Against Corruption (Apnac) and Kambuzuma legislator Willias Madzimure have failed the confirmation test.

“In Sunningdale the sitting MP Margaret Matienga has failed the nomination process. Out of the 204 votes in the district, she only got 24.

“This means there will be a primary election in Sunningdale Constituency on a date to be announced.”

Other party heavyweights who fell by the wayside in the confirmation exercise are Highfield East MP Pearson Mungofa, his neighbour in Highfield West Simon Hove and Elias Jembere of Epworth.

Glen Norah member of the House of Assembly Gift Dzirutwe has also not been confirmed.

It was however, all smiles for Women’s Affairs minister, Jessie Majome who is also Harare West MP as she was confirmed by an overwhelming majority of 93 percent of the vote.

Public Service minister and Kuwadzana legislator Lucia Matibenga, her Labour counterpart Mufakose MP Paurina Mpariwa, deputy Mines minister and Southerton member of the House of Assembly Gift Chimanikire, party chairperson for Harare Province Paul Madzore (Glen view South) were also confirmed.

Fani Munengami (Glen View North) was also confirmed.

In the troublesome Harare South constituency currently held by Zanu PF’s Hubert Nyanhongo, the MDC will field Jacob Mafume who romped to victory in the primary elections.

Party youth assembly president Solomon Madzore also emerged triumphant in Dzivaresekwa Constituency where a primary election was held after the incumbent Evelyn Masaiti stood aside to be considered in the women’s quota introduced by the party.

Former radio and TV personalities Eric Knight and James Maridadi, who contested Mbare and  Mabvuku constituencies respectively, were both victorious.

Maridadi, former Tsvangirai spokesperson was battling it out with former legislator Timothy Mubhau and James Chidhakwa while Knight, who polled 198 votes, squared off with ward 4 councillor Friday Muleya, former Mbare legislator Tichaona Munyanyi and Stan Zvorwadza.

Zvorwadza managed 146 votes.

MDC has come up with a requirement that sitting MPs are subjected to a confirmation exercise.

If the results so far are anything to go by, the MDC will feel vindicated as some of the so-called big guns have not been protected by the confirmation clause.

Today, the intriguing party internal elections and confirmation exercise will be in Chitungwiza province where fireworks are again expected. – Mugove Tafirenyika

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