Mnangagwa fingered in rigging Zanu PF elections

via Mnangagwa fingered in rigging Zanu PF elections 28 October 2013 The Zimbabwe Mail 

The wife of outspoken a Deputy minister pulled out of the Zanu PF provincial elections over the weekend claiming the chaotic vote was rigged.

Monica Mutsvangwa, wife of deputy foreign affairs minister, Christopher Mutsvangwa, was eying the Manicaland provincial chair but pulled out of the contest claiming gross irregularities. She has fingered Justice Minister Emmerson Mnangagwa in the plot.

Senator Mutsvangwa was challenging incumbent John Mvundura in a process marred chaos blamed on turf fights between rival factions linked to vice president Joice Mujuru and justice minister Emmerson Mnangagwa

“I realised that it was important to withdraw my candidature so that all the grey areas in the conduct of the elections are addressed. My team picked up irregularities in almost all the places where voting was taking place,” Mutsvangwa told reporters.

“People were being intimidated not to vote for me and the voters’ registration was not in order. The main problem is that the outgoing chairman, Mvundura is superintending an election in which he is also a candidate and this gives him an unfair advantage over me.

“Returning officers were impartial. In all districts which I had an upper hand, they were starved of ballot papers. Remedial action should be taken. A re-run is important because we want our electoral processes to have integrity.”

Her rival, Mvududu, said he had not been presented with evidence of any irregularities.

“I do not know (anything concerning) those claims of vote rigging since it was not brought to my attention. Right now we are doing reports of people to come with the results,” he said.

“What I can say about the elections is that our people have matured since they were conducted in a peaceful environment. We never received any reports of violence and that is all I can say about the elections.”

Mnangagwa, who led the team that organised the polls, also said from where he stood the process had been credible.

“(She) submitted her letter of withdrawal late yesterday (Saturday) night and I asked her to put all the allegations of unfair practice in writing,” said Mnangagwa, who is also the party’s legal affairs secretary.

Voting was delayed in various provinces including in the Midlands where polling only began on Sunday while in Mashonaland West the vote had to be called off.

Mnangagwa however, insisted that the polls had generally proceeded smoothly.

“From the reports I received from 10 out of 11 constituencies, nine of them confirmed that everything went well, while in one of the constituencies some irregularities were cited and we will look into them as a team,” he said.

“Harare delayed dispatching election materials and this saw some people voting (on Sunday) as it took a bit of time to take the materials to all the corners of the province.

“We are happy with the maturity of our cadres as they patiently waited for the arrival of election material. This is highly commended.

“As the team leader I am satisfied with the manner the elections were conducted, a reason why I am leaving now.

Deep-seated factional fighting yesterday raised its ugly head as the ruling Zanu PF party failed to conduct provincial elections in some districts countrywide due to disagreements, it has been learnt.

By 6pm, the provincial elections had not started in some areas in the Midlands province as chaos continued to plague the polls due to factionalism, which has threatened to divide President Robert Mugabe’s party.

The provincial elections were supposed to be held in all the country’s 10 provinces on Saturday, but the party suspended polls in Mugabe’s home are in Mashonaland West as the province was
reportedly not yet ready, while in the Midlands province, there were no ballot papers for the voting.

Following Saturday’s problems, elections in the Midlands province were moved to yesterday, but got off to a slow start with some polling officers only deployed to various districts where they were supposed to conduct the polls around 6pm.

Zanu PF central committee member Douglas Tapfumanei confirmed the development.

“The process is very slow and we doubt it will be completed today (yesterday) in Mberengwa,” he said.

“We have just finished deploying those conducting the elections.”
In Kwekwe, districts in Mbizo had not yet started casting ballots by 5pm although counting of ballots at the party’s Kwekwe Central office was underway.

Provincial Minister of State and Zanu PF Midlands provincial chairman Jason Machaya is facing an acid test from his vice-chairman Larry Mavhima, a close ally of Justice, Legal and Parliamentary Affairs minister Emmerson Mnangagwa for the chairmanship.

Party sources yesterday said the provincial elections were a de facto contest between a faction loyal to Vice-President Joice Mujuru and Mnangagwa, the party secretary for legal affairs, who were reportedly positioning themselves to succeed Mugabe.

“If Machaya wins, it will be a message of approval for Mujuru in the succession race, while Mavhima’s leadership will be a clear approval for Mnangagwa,” the source said.

Zanu PF national political commissar Webster Shamu told the State-controlled media at the weekend that the postponement of elections in Mashonaland West was meant to give the party an opportunity to investigate allegations of vote-buying and imposition of candidates.
A senior Zanu PF official told our sister paper The Standard that Mugabe had phoned party secretary of administration Didymus Mutasa instructing him to halt the elections.

In Manicaland, reports indicated that current chairperson John Mvundura was on course to retain his seat as he was leading against Zanu PF senator Monica Mutsvangwa.

Reports were still trickling in from various parts of the country including Bulawayo, Mashonaland Central and Mashonaland East provinces, while polls in Matabeleland North and South were reportedly postponed.

 

COMMENTS

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    Tjingababili 7 years ago

    A TRAINEE PRES! SHAM!

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    Fallenz 7 years ago

    Yeah… how can she even be considered for president when she can’t properly rig an already rigged ZANUPF election. Sham, indeed..!

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    Democracy wisher 7 years ago

    This Mnangagwa guy is just hell,anyway let dogs eat dogs.You are rigging amongst urselves Zanu-Pf a worst part tht I will never consider.It is full of dead pple.

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    Haruna 7 years ago

    Rigging within rigging, kkkkkkkkk

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    Austin Vuma 7 years ago

    Chiri muropa ndeche kufa nacho.

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    Rudadiso 7 years ago

    Here is the irony; Monica Mutsvangwa is complaining about a rigged Zanu P.F. provincial election and yet she is one of the people who constantly tells us that her party does not rig national elections.

    Monica should accept the outcome quietly and gracefully. That is what she has been telling Zimbabweans to do. It looks like she doesn’t like the taste of her own medicine.

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    gukurahundi 7 years ago

    fuuckkkk Zaunu pf dogs

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    gorongoza 7 years ago

    THEY ARE ALWAYS PLOTTING TO RIG EVEN IN THEIR SLEEP!

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    Nyoni 7 years ago

    Great to complain and do nothing about it. ZIMBABWE BELONGS TO ZANU . The others are not important. Complain ma comrades to who at the moment. We must work harder to eradicate these pests who have destroyed us.

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    msizeni silwelani 7 years ago

    Rigging, rigger are words that were synonymous with some sort of industry before being cuterpulted into a box with words like disenfranchise, nikuv, vote-buying, violence, intimedation, ballot etc. Google zanu for details.

    The same method that aided them into parliament has been turned against them. Either they are telling the truth or they have no control over the rigging machinery. Great that we are all moaning about rigging, seems soon we will identify whose fingers are behind this rigging keyboard. Individuals hold both the leash and the lash here.

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    Torai hupfumi 7 years ago

    Chii chaunotarisa kubva muhondo, Ihondo yokubirana chete

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    guy Gusu 7 years ago

    Mnangagwa ndizvo zvaonoziva izvi. Hapana chinoshamisira apa, asi zvichamuvana chete. Chinobhururuka chinomhara chete.

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    Chikubhu 7 years ago

    Irregularities dont necesarily mean rigging. Nowhere in the world wud u ever find candidates contesting on an equal footing. There is always one with an advantage over the other or others and he/she usually emerges the winner. If Munangagwa has an advantage over Mujuru then he is the one fit for the job. There is no rigging there. Reserve the term for other scenarios, not this one.

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