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PF rigs own election
June 30, 2013
As hard as it is to fathom, President Robert Mugabe’s Zanu-PF
rigged its own primary elections, vanquished candidates said, making
a mockery of the democratic process.
The Zanu PF
primary elections were messy, what with cardboard boxes and empty
buckets for ballot boxes. But the proportion of rigging which saw
candidates like Auxilia Mnangagwa amassing an unbelievable 17 000
votes in Kwekwe-Chirumanzu shocked even the staunchest admirers
of the ex-majority party.
were unusually high in most parts of the country, with Newton Kachepa
amassing an incredible 10 165 in Mudzi North against his challenger’s
Justice minister Patrick Chinamasa told a weekly that he was not
ruling out electoral malpractice in the poll.
want to be cheated, I am wary of that,” he said.
horns with his bitter rival Basil Nyabadza and scrapped a win albeit
by less than 20 votes, as the Emmerson Mnangagwa faction made strides
in the province hitherto in the hands of Vice President Joice Mujuru’s
aside, heavyweights in the ex-majority party used every trick in
the rigging book to worm back to Parliament, their vanquished opponents
In Zvimba North,
Marian Chombo alleged her ex-husband Ignatius Chombo had engaged
in embarrassing electoral fraud. She said on Tuesday her name was
deleted on the ballot paper.
stole the elections because he knew he was going to lose,”
she said. “I am going to stand as an independent candidate
and wrest that seat from him,” she vowed.
forced three years ago to cede a significant portion of his fortune
to his first wife Marian in a split-up touted as historically one
of the most expensive divorce settlements in Zimbabwe.
While the actual
voting process was fraught with irregularities, the pre-election
period was characterised by violence and intimidation which saw
aspiring candidates like Mashonaland Central governor Martin Dinha
opting out of the race after escaping an assassination attempt.
my entry into the poll race, a handful of provincial members have
joined hands with one of the aspirants RT Matangira to unleash a
violent campaign of hate speech, violence, threats to violence,
demonisation and other heinous acts including busing hooligans to
Musana, Masembura and denying my agents to campaign freely and fairly,”
said Dinha in a letter to provincial chairman Dickson Mafios announcing
his decision to pull out from a race that he described as “flawed,
scandalous, hostile and manipulated”.
In a classical
display of a vintage Zanu-PF, newcomers or pretenders learnt the
hard way how difficult it is to dislodge political giants.
is by no means a new phenomenon in the country’s turbulent
political history, but Zanu-PF rivals went a step further as they
bused supporters in constituencies such as Mbare where Tendai Savanhu
romped to victory.
In Bikita West,
gospel musician Elias Musakwa who had been cleared by the politburo
to stand as the party candidate, said he was shocked on Tuesday
when he received news that Munyaradzi Kereke, ex-advisor to Reserve
Bank governor Gideon Gono was participating in primary elections.
I was at a funeral, I was told that Kereke was conducting an election
but I did not trouble myself since the politburo ruled that I would
run uncontested. The politburo chaired by the president endorsed
my candidature unopposed so I am the rightful candidate for Bikita
West,” said Musakwa.
co-chairperson Munyaradzi Paul Mangwana lost his Chivi Central seat
to trade unionist and sugarcane farmer Ephraim Gwanongodza amid
allegations that the poll had been rigged.
On Friday Mangwana,
reeling from the devastating defeat, declined to comment.
Zanu-PF administration secretary said allegations of electoral malpractice
in the internal poll were a “media concoction.”
chairperson Simon Khaya Moyo could not be reached for comment.
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