Rigging fears engulf Zanu PF Manicaland DCC elections
MUTARE – Rumblings of discontent and fears of rigging by aspiring candidates have engulfed the ruling Zanu PF party after its leadership failed to publicly announce selected District Coordination
Committee (DCC) candidates last Sunday.
Aspiring candidates and party supporters have expressed grave concerns of a potential rigging plot, after the party said selected candidates will be notified through telephone calls.
Tempers flared at the Zanu PF Manicaland Provincial Co-ordination
committee (PCC) meeting held in Mutare last Sunday over failure by
party leadership to announce names of candidates that had successfully submitted their curriculum vitaes to contest in the DCC elections.
The meeting was attended by Zanu PF political heavyweights who
included Defence minister Oppah Muchinguri, Information minister
Monica Mutsvangwa and Manicaland Provincial Affairs minister Ellen
Primary and Secondary Education minister Cain Mathema was the guest of honour, and former Finance minister and Zanu PF acting spokesperson Patrick Chinamasa also attended the meeting.
“All what we wanted was for the names to be released at the meeting to avoid rigging. I can smell something is wrong on this whole issue,”
said a disgruntled party member. We were expecting names of successful candidates to be announced during this meeting for the sake of transparency. I can see that the process has been manipulated,” said another party member.
Zanu PF Manicaland provincial chairperson Mike Madiro said the
candidates would be announced ‘in due course.’
“The position of the party is very clear. The candidates will be
announced through co-ordinators in the various districts. They will
be called on their phones,” he said.
Commenting on the DCC elections, Zanu PF national political commissar Victor Matemadanda said the party is seeking to come up with DCCs that foster unity and have no links to factions.
“We want discipline within the party, we want to encourage it. Some
people are known for trying to pull others down within the party. They
report issues to the national office in an effort to discredit other
cadres,” he said.
“It is not bad for someone to speak out if there is a problem, but
then you also have to support your claim and then wait for
disciplinary proceedings to take place,” Matemadanda said.
The Zanu PF DCC elections are set to be held in a few weeks’ time
around the country and commentators have said the elections could
widen factional fissures between President Emmerson Mnangagwa and his deputy Constantino Chiwenga.