JOHANNESBURG — Several South Africa-based Zanu PF members snubbed an election to choose a new executive on Saturday citing electoral irregularities.
Source: Chaos rocks Zanu PF SA polls – NewsDay Zimbabwe October 3, 2016
by Shadreck Maririmba
The tightly-contested elections saw Gift Kangausaru winning the chairmanship of Zanu PF South Africa branch with 93 votes against Kennedy Mandaza’s 57 votes.
The elections, attended by over 300 Zanu PF members, exposed serious divisions among the Diaspora community, with mostly Kangausaru’s allies grabbing the posts.
Some disgruntled members from South Hills said the elections did not reflect the will of Zanu PF members.
“You are biased and not fair and that’s the reason why our party is falling apart because you are not seeking balanced representation,” shouted a Zanu PF member, who declined to be named.
The elections were supervised by Zanu PF director of commissariat, Kizito Kuchekwa, who described the internal polls as free and fair.
“That’s the nature of elections, some people win and lose. But, most people are happy despite some elements complaining,” he said.
Mandaza was later elected branch spokesperson, while Frank Murinya was voted youth league chairperson.