Fresh headache for ED as Zanu PF primaries losing candidates file as independents

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Garikai Fadzi and Moses Matenga 

HARARE – Zanu PF Presidential candidate Emerson Mnangagwa is facing a fresh headache after some of the members who lost in the party primary elections defied his order and opted to stand as independent candidates ahead of the July 30 harmonised elections.

Mnangagwa has already expressed fear that some elements within the establishment were keen on destabilising the party and plotting to impeach him if they win. He has however warned the plotters that they will not win in their quest.

It emerged that in Manicaland, Zanu PF losing candidates filed their papers as independents when the Nomination Court sat today. This is in spite of a previous warning from the party’s leaders that members who stand as independent candidates automatically get expelled from the party.

In Manicaland, Batsirai Pemhanayi, outgoing Zanu PF MP for the area filed his papers an independent candidate for Mutare North and will face party provincial chairperson Mike Madiro.  Both will face Agrippa Masiyakurima, better known as Bopela who filed his papers under the National Patriotic Front

In Nyanga, losing candidate, Talent Kadzima, daughter of the Gender Commission deputy chairperson Paul Kadzima, also filed to stand as an independent candidate.

On the eve of the nomination court, Zanu PF Matabeleland South Provincial Co-Coordinating Committee (PCC) drafted its own list of candidates for the 2018 harmonised elections after unanimously rejecting a document from the national commissariat citing irregularities.

Meanwhile, there was drama at the presidential nomination sitting with a number of pretenders either failing to garner the necessary signatures or lacking the $1000 required to file papers.

First, to hit the brick wall was Peter Gava of the United Democratic Front who did not get the required signatures. “In Manicaland, l came short of two signatures, in Mashonaland Central l came short of one, Mashonaland East, l came short of one, in Mashonaland West, l came short of five in Masvingo l missed five and finally in Matabeleland South l came short of five,” he said.

Henry Mutasa, the president of the Kambizi Party failed to raise the required $1000 for nomination.

“l have 12 signatures from each province. I also have colored passport-sized photographs have an original national identity card plus two photocopies. Everything is there. What is missing is the money,” said Kambizi.

Musician and stone sculptor, Brian Taurayi Mteki of the “Nora” fame registered as an independent candidate. He says he will not be on the campaign trail. “It’s done. I am now going home until election day,” he said.

National Constitutional Assembly leader, who is also MDC-T Thokozani Khupe faction lawyer, Professor Lovemore Madhuku successfully, filed his papers for the Presidency.

A record 23 candidates, yesterday, successfully filed nomination papers to contest as presidential candidates in the July 30 harmonised elections.

Four women, Joice Mujuru of the People’s Rainbow Party, Thokozani Khupe of MDC-T, Violet Mariyacha United Democracy Movement and Melbah Dzepasi of #1980 Freedom Movement Zimbabwe are this year’s female presidential candidates.

Perennial presidential aspirant Egypt Dzinemunhenzva, who in April, claimed he had raised the $1000,  filed as member of parliament for Wedza.