HARARE – MDC Alliance presidential candidate Nelson Chamisa has pledged to change the title of traditional leaders from chiefs to kings, saying the former title was imposed by colonialists who wanted to belittle the institution.
Addressing thousands of party supporters at a campaign rally in Chiredzi on Sunday, Chamisa who will battle it out with President Emmerson Mnangagwa on July 30 for the country’s presidency, said prior to the colonialists’ encroachment into their colonies, Africans had no chiefs, but kings.
“Our colonisers reduced our traditional leaders from kings to chiefs because they wanted to belittle the traditional leaders’ institution but we want to revise that once you elect me into office in August. This is what they do in Ghana and other African countries,” Chamisa said.
His campaign trail has taken him to almost every corner for the country, including rural areas which were considered no go areas for the opposition during former president Robert Mugabe’s reign.
Chamisa is promising to radically transform the country in terms of its infrastructure, social service delivery as well as the governance structure but critics have dismissed the 40-year-old presidential aspirant as too ambitious and lacking maturity.
Next month’s polls have generated a lot of interest globally with Mnangagwa and Chamisa emerging as the main presidential candidates, both contesting without their father-figures — deposed Robert Mugabe and the late Morgan Tsvangirai.-Dailynews
ZANU-PF yesterday announced the final list of candidates who will contest the forthcoming harmonised elections on the ruling party’s ticket. The list includes 210 National Assembly candidates, 60 proportional representation candidates, 60 senatorial candidates and 100 provincial council candidates.
Addressing a Press conference in Harare yesterday, zanu-pf secretary for Administration Cde Obert Mpofu said the ruling party had gone through internal processes of primary elections and reruns and was now in the final stages of naming successful candidates to the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (ZEC).
Cde Mpofu was flanked by politburo members Cde Simon Khaya Moyo (InfoTAKE-ZANU-PF-FULL-CANDIDATE-LISTrmation and Publicity), Cde Paul Mangwana (Legal Affairs), Cde Munyaradzi Machacha and Cde Tshinga Dube.
Zanu-PF secretary for administration, Dr Obert Mpofu(right), Secretary for Information and Publicity Cde Simon Khaya Moyo(centre) and Secretary for legal affairs Cde Paul Mangwana chat after a meeting to announce Zanu PF candidates for the 2018 Harmonised Elections at Zanu PF headquarters in Harare yesterday.-(Picture by Tawanda Mudimu)
“The full list of all the successful candidates will be published in the print and electronic media with immediate effect. All provincial election directorates/ provincial coordinating committees are hereby instructed to abide by the list which has been finally approved by the party and submitted to ZEC,” he said.
“Disciplinary action will be taken against any individual who will tamper with the approved list of candidates. The names of the final successful candidates as will be announced are the ones which will have to complete the nominations documents and provide their credentials to ZEC.”
He said all candidates should have completed the vetting exercise by close of business yesterday.
Cde Mpofu directed all provinces to ensure that all the candidates in the respective provinces are assisted in the registration process with ZEC.
“All zanu-pf candidates are expected to be at the nomination courts in their respective areas by 0700 hours on Thursday this week. The party’s legal department is now on standby to assist provinces in the registration process to ensure all our candidates are successfully registered for the 2018 harmonised elections,” he said.
“You may have been experiencing certain developments from some of our provinces where names have been changed willy nilly without clearance from the party or from then Politburo. We have addressed that issue where we have ensured that the names that were cleared by the Politburo are the ones that will be submitted for nomination with ZEC.”
Cde Mpofu said the party had made corrections for senatorial candidates for Matabeleland South Province as per the Politburo directive.
Zanu-PF secretary for administration, Dr Obert Mpofu announces Zanu Pf candidates for 2018 Harmonised Elections while flenked by Secretary for Information and Publicity Cde Simon Khaya Moyo, Secretary for legal affairs Cde Paul Mangwana and Cde Tshinga Dube politburo member at Zanu PF headquarters in Harare yesterday.-(Picture by Tawanda Mudimu)
Cde Mpofu said in Beitbridge the candidate was Tambudzani Mohadi, in Bulilima-Mangwe Cde Khaya Moyo, Cde Alima Mukweva (Gwanda), CdeThembani Mathuthu (Mzingwane), Cde Essabel Ngwenya (Matobo) and Earnest Ncube (Inzisa).
“In Mashonaland East, the womens quota we have in Cde Lilian Zemura (Murehwa), Cde Roselyne Makoni (Marondera-Wedza), Cde Nyarai Tsvuura (Mutoko), Cde Lucia Mudzingwa (Goromonzi), Cde Tatenda Mavetera (Seke-Chikomba), and UMP-Mudzi we have Marbel Kaundikidza,” he said.
Former cabinet Minister Savior Kasukuwere has been acquitted for allegedly violating the country’s immigration laws by unlawfully leaving Zimbabwe using an undesignated port.
Zanu-PF National Political Commissar who is also the Minister of Local Government, Public Works and National Housing Cde Saviour Kasukuwere (centre) addresses party members during the party’s Bulawayo provincial co-ordinating committee meeting at Davis hall yesterday, listening on the right is the Bulawayo Minister of State Affairs Cde Eunice Nomthandazo Moyo and on the left is the party’s Bulawayo Chairman Cde Dennis Ndlovu…..
Former Higher Education Minister Jonathan Moyo now says the British and Chinese governments underwrote the 15 November 2017 “coup” and were the first foreigners to congratulate Emmerson Mnangagwa at his inauguration as Zimbabwe’s second executive president.
He said the two countries are now campaigning for Mnangagwa by sending “business” delegations to the country.
“The Chinese & British govts underwrote the illegal 15 Nov coup & sent envoys who were first foreigners to congratulate Mnangagwa on 24 Nov. It’s no wonder that both govts are now CAMPAIGNING for #JuntaPF by sending “business” delegations!,” he tweeted yesterday.
The British government sent its Africa Minister Rory Stewart to attend Mnangagwa’s inauguration.
Last week a 22-member British business delegation, described by Mnangagwa as the biggest in his 38 years in government, was in the country looking at investing in mining, agriculture and infrastructure.
China invited Mnangagwa for an official State visit in April and it sent a 60-member business delegation to Zimbabwe this week.
Moyo has been campaigning for the ouster of Mnangagwa’s administration and has been calling for a grand national union to do that.
Mnangagwa’s opponents will be known tomorrow when the Nomination Court accepts candidates for president, Parliament and local councils.
A poll by Afrobarometer has shown that Mnangagwa has a narrow lead over leading opponent Nelson Chamisa who leads the Movement for Democratic Change Alliance.
It is not clear whether he will be contesting under the MDC Alliance emblem as there is still an unresolved dispute over the use of the MDC-T name and symbols.