HARARE – The governing Zanu PF party is fielding minister of State for Provincial Affairs in Mashonaland Central Martin Dinha as its candidate in the Mazowe North by-election.
Dinha will square off with Elias Malukula of the Renewal Democrats of Zimbabwe.
The Nomination Court sat at the Bindura Magistrates’ Courts on Friday.
The villagers go to vote on July 23, according to Statutory Instrument 48A/2016, gazetted on May 11.
Mazowe North has been vacant since the death on March 17, of Edgar Chidavaenzi of Zanu PF and is the only current vacant seat in Parliament.
Morgan Tsvangirai’s MDC has said it was boycotting that special vote, protesting an uneven electoral playing field.
Advocate Dinha has been minister of State for Provincial Affairs (Mashonaland Central) since September 2013, when he was one of five persons appointed to ministerial positions from outside Parliament. If Dinha wins the by-election, he will forfeit his ministerial position.
A win for Dinha in the by-election would allow Mugabe to appoint another minister or deputy minister from outside Parliament.
“I do, by this my proclamation, order a new election for the constituency of Mazowe North,” Mugabe said in the proclamation for the by-election.
“I fix Saturday, July 23, 2016, as the day on which a poll shall be taken if a poll becomes necessary in terms of Section 46 (17) (C) of the Electoral Act (Chapter 2:13).
Mugabe also notified the Speaker of National Assembly, Advocate Jacob Mudenda, of the existence of the vacancy.