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Mugabe tries Makonde again

Ndamu Sandu

PRESIDENT Robert Mugabe’s nephew, Leo Mugabe, has set his sights on Makonde again after the expulsion of Kindness Paradza from the seat over the weekend.

ana, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif”>Paradza, who won primaries and the subsequent by-election earlier this year on a Zanu PF ticket, was expelled on Saturday for, among other things, insubordination and causing divisions in the party.

The Mashonaland West provincial coordinating committee accused Paradza of undermining party and government policies.

Provincial chairman, Philip Chiyangwa, will formally write to the party’s politburo and central committee informing them of their decision to expel Paradza.

Mugabe, who lost the primaries to Paradza earlier this year, told the Zimbabwe Independent this week that he had declared his candidacy for the seat.

“I am interested in Makonde and the people of Makonde want me. I want to contest in the election,” he said.

“I was preparing for next year’s election but with the expulsion of Paradza I have to declare my interest in the by-election. I have no doubt in my mind that I have done my part.”

It is not known whether or when there will be a by-election. A general election has been slated for March next year.

According toZanu PF structu-res, the district coordinating committee (DCC) nominates candidates to besubmitted to theprovincial executive.

Chiyangwa told the Independent this week the interested candidates were submitting curriculum vitae to the DCC.

“The DCC will then forward names to the provincial executive which in turn forwards them to the politburo and central committee,” said Chiyangwa.

Paradza courted trouble when he was accused of seeking financial assistance from British organisations to buy a controlling stake in Africa Tribune Newspapers, publishers of the Tribune.

The paper has since been closed down and the title is challenging its closure in the courts.

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