A STORM is brewing in the Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) following an attempt to impose a candidate for a pending by-election in Zengeza without having primary elections. <
Four members had submitted their names for the right to contest on the MDC ticket but the Zengeza executive has been attempting to impose one candidate. Women and youth league members in the constituency, who are backing the other three candidates, have expressed dissatisfaction.
The Zengeza seat became vacant following the absence of MDC MP Tafadzwa Musekiwa who went into self-exile in 2002.
The byelection is set for the end of next month and is likely to be a gruelling battle between the MDC and Zanu PF. Zanu Ndonga, which has promised to field a candidate has limited chances.
MDC Zengeza district chairman, Stanford Mashumba in letters to MDC national chairman Isaac Matongo said the district committee favoured the candidacy of James Makore. Mashumba said the others, Charlton Hwende, Lloyd Damba and Goodrich Chambaira, were not eligible to stand as party candidates.
Matongo on Wednesday reacted angrily to questions by this paper. “Ask
the spokesman of the party (Paul) Themba Nyathi about the candidate,” Matongo said. “How did you get those letters? Ask those who gave you the letters which were addressed to me. They must be the ones with the answers, I don’t have the answers.”
MDC spokesman Themba Nyathi retorted: “I propose that you ask the head of the election directorate. I haven’t kept myself abreast on that issue.”