ZANU PF Vs MDC-T VIOLENCE CLASHES LOOMS IN UPCOMING ELECTIONS
The alarming intra-party violence both in ZANU PF and MDC-T might be a tip of the iceberg of the violence and tension that will infest the upcoming harmonized elections, human rights group have warned.
The shambolic primaries that are held by both parties are characterized with irregularities and vote rigging allegations with some top official imposing their favoured candidates in certain constituencies.
Human Rights Watch Southern Africa director Dewa Mavhinga said:
“Both Zanu PF primaries and MDC-T processes to choose MPs have been shambolic, chaotic and characterised by protests over lack on internal democracy and adherence to clear rules. This does not augur well for the upcoming national elections.”
Mavhinga and other human rights organisations expressed their unsatisfactory on what was transpiring in their party alleging irregularities in the selection of candidates during the consensus-building exercise which started at the weekend.
The demonstrators accused the opposition party leaders of imposing candidates of their choice.
“If Zanu PF can have primary elections, surely the MDC-T can do better. We have accused Zanu PF of denying our party the voters’ roll, but it is exactly what we are doing internally,” one of the protesters at Morgan Tsvangirai House, said.
But MDC-T chairman Morgen Komichi discarded the demonstrators as “hired” Zanu PF activists on mission to discredit his party.
“I suspect those who are demonstrating are not MDC-T members. Our people know all our processes and after the primary elections, we are going for another round of appeals where we will deal with issues raised by our legitimate members. They must come through the office of the chairman,” he said.
This came as MDC-T’s Harare West sitting MP Jessie Majome pulled out of the party’s candidates’ selection system, citing underhand manoeuvres to push her out of the race and vowed to stand as an independent candidate.
“Once I say that I am putting my hat in the ring as an independent, it means I am not representing the party in the election and that is what I have simply done. I have withdrawn from seeking the party ticket and when the election comes I intend to compete for the seat of Harare West,” she said.
Violent uproars were recorded in Budiriro, Glen View North, Glen View South, Zengeza, Kambuzuma and Gokwe Central where MDC-T candidates clashed over the selection criteria.
Several incidences of violence and intimidation were also recorded in Glen Norah, Zengeza, Kambuzuma and Gokwe.
Zanu PF was also reportedly in chaos in the 14 constituencies where re-runs were being held yesterday, amid reports of chicanery, cheating and violence.