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Chaos Marks Zanu (PF) Primaries

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HARARE  – Rampant chaos, allegations of vote rigging and missing ballot paper marked primary party elections held by President Robert Mugabe’s Zanu PF throughout Zimbabwe on Tuesday.
Hundreds of angry delegates converged on the party’s provincial offices in Harare’s CBD complaining of vote rigging, missing ballot papers and the imposition of candidates as officials tried to end a fractious one-day national primary election programme.
Delegates from Mabvuku/Tafara – where chairman of the powerful Zimbabwe Mining Development Corporation (ZMDC) Godwills Masimirembwa, is leading a highly-contested field – thronged the party’s offices in 4th Street complaining that the poll was held under flawed conditions in the two sprawling Harare townships.
In Masvingo, the online publication tell.zimbabwe.co.zw reported that voting had to be temporarily suspended at the city’s Rujeko Hall, after skirmishes between supporters of rival candidates.   The publication also reported that as late at 1700hours Tuesday, voting had not started in Chivi South.
Zimbabweans go to the polls within weeks in a poll expected to pit Mugabe’s Zanu (PF) party – which has governed the southern African country from independence in 1980 until the coalition government established five years ago – and Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai’s Movement for Democratic Change (MDC-T).
Even the dates of the actual plebiscite are still being contested in court with Mugabe pushing for polls on July 31 while Tsvangirai wants an extension to at least August 29.   Another member of the coalition, Industry Minister Welshman Ncube’s MDC-N is reportedly suggesting another alternative date, August 9.
The country’s Constitutional Court is expected to make a ruling on the final date of the polls by end of the week.
The government-owned Herald newspaper reported that voting had not started by 1600 hours Tuesday in the highly-contested Zvimba North constituency where Local Government Minister Ignatius Chombo is pitted against his former wife Marian Chombo and Mugabe’s close relative Edwin Matibiri.
The Chombos were embroiled in a bitter divorce that ended in the High Court after the Minister finally agreed to share a substantial chunk of his reported millions of dollars worth of real estate with Marian, a former freedom fighter.   Party bigwigs were forced to reinstate Marian into the contest when her supporters demonstrated vehemently over the weekend. She had been controversially ruled out for not meeting unspecified requirements.
In Chegutu West – another closely contested constituency – where Information Minister and party political commissar Webster Shamu is being challenged by Mashonaland West provincial chairman John Mafa, the newspaper reported that voting had also not started by 1600hours Tuesday.
In another development, Mashonaland Central Zanu PF chairman Dick Mafios told the newspaper that voting in Bindura North and South had been suspended “due to logistical problems”.   It was not explained what the problems were but there were widespread reports of missing ballot paper and late arrivals of presiding officers in many rural constituencies.
In Chikomba West voting was stopped after scores of party supporters protested outside Masarirambwi Primary School in Featherstone when they found their names missing from the voters’ roll.
The Herald however reported that some of the party’s heavyweights who had triumphed in the primaries were Ray Kaukonde (Marondera Central), Paddy Zhanda (Goromonzi North) and Beatrice Nyamupinga (Goromonzi West).
Meanwhile, the online publication – tellzimbabwe.co.zw –  reported that businessman Daniel Shumba brushed off a tight field to take the Zanu PF nomination for Masvingo Urban, while Tourism Minister Walter Mzembi managed to hang on to his Masvingo South constituency.   Other results announced by tellzimbabwe are: Davis Marapira (Masvingo North, Ezra Chadzimara (Masvingo West),  Mutandandwa Chakona (Zaka Central), Vincent Mawere (Zaka West), Robson Mavhenyengwa (Zaka North), Samuel Mukanduri (Zaka East).

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