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wins Masvingo mayoral seat unopposed
May 14, 2005
MDC’s Mr Alois
Chaimiti yesterday won the Masvingo mayoral seat unopposed after
the Nomination Court rejected the nomination papers of the Zanu-PF
candidate, but the ruling party immediately said it would challenge
the rejection in court.
Zanu-PF candidate Mr Patson Muzvidziwa had his papers rejected by
the Nomination Court — which sat at the Masvingo Civic Centre on
the grounds that there were different names on his Ordinary Level
certificate and on his professional qualification certificate.
Furthermore, the Nomination Court ruled that Cde Muzvidziwa did
not his pass O-Level and therefore, did not qualify to seek election
as a mayor. According to the law, prospective mayoral candidates
should have passed O-Level, among other requirements, to qualify
to contest mayoral elections.
Presiding officer Mrs Sithembeni Chitsa had to extend the sitting
of the Nomination Court by about two-and-half hours to allow Cde
Muzvidziwa to put his papers in order but eventually declared the
court closed at 6:30pm by which time Cde Muzvidziwa had not yet
put his papers in order.
Acting Zanu-PF Masvingo provincial chairman Cde Isaiah Shumba said
they would seek recourse at the courts over the manner the nomination
court handled the process.
"They were not supposed to reject Cde Muzvidziwa’s papers because
there was an affidavit to support the discrepancy on the names.
An affidavit is a legal document and they should have accepted it.
"We are going to mount a court challenge because we think we have
been treated unfairly," said Cde Shumba.
Asked why they had not put another candidate to replace Cde Muzvidziwa,
Cde Shumba said Zimbabwe Electoral Commission officials refused
to accept papers from another candidate and said they could only
extend the sitting of the court for Cde Muzvidziwa.
Cde Shumba said Cde Muzvidziwa’s O-Level certificate had the names
PM (for Patson Muzvidziwa) Shumba while his professional qualifications
had the name P (for Patson) Muzvidziwa.
He said the ZEC officials had refused to accept seven and eight
grades as passes yet according to the 1965 to 1969 regulations,
they were supposed to be passes.
Ironically, Cde Taguma Mazarire, a former soldier and war veteran
who had been short-listed together with Cde Muzvidziwa as probable
Zanu-PF candidates, was at the Nomination Court with all his papers
After the declaration of Mr Chaimiti as the Masvingo Mayor for the
next four years, MDC supporters immediately broke into song and
dance in celebration.
Mr Chaimiti said he was grateful to the people of Masvingo for supporting
and having confidence in him.
"I am very happy and I am pleased with the support and faith the
people of Masvingo have in me. I want to unite the people of this
city. I want to finish the upgrading of the city’s water pumping
capacity, repairing our roads and improve our street lighting,"
said Mr Chaimiti outlining his plans for the city.
Mr Chaimiti was first elected Masvingo executive mayor in May 2001
after he defeated Cde Jacob Chademana of Zanu-PF. Cde Muzvidziwa
is a former Masvingo mayor and occupied the position for a record
five times between 1985 and 1990. He had taken over as mayor from
Cde Thomas Zawaira, Masvingo’s first black mayor.
The Masvingo mayoral election was supposed to have been held on
June 11 had more than one candidate successfully submitted their
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