ZANU PF SUPPORTERS THREATEN TO VOTE FOR OPPOSITION
Zanu PF supporters in Manicaland province threatened to jump ship and vote for the opposition after their preferred candidates were disqualified from contesting the ruling party’s primary elections.
Hundreds of Zanu PF supporters protested at Gurure Secondary School in Makoni South district on Saturday following reports that their chosen candidate Misheck Mataranyika had been disqualified for being a newcomer to the constituency.
The development also followed complaints that some party officials eyeing certain constituencies were pulling out their rivals’ CVs in order to put themselves ahead .
“We have heard that Misheck Mataranyika has been disqualified for no apparent reason. He has been supporting us in our projects for several years, we are calling the national political commissar to come and solve the matter,” said a Zanu PF activist who declined to be named for security reasons.
Sources always claimed that the vetting process lacked transparency.
“The vetting of CVs was not in good faith. How can an interested party preside over other candidates. If they want to disqualify you they just put an adverse comment about you, for example saying that you are an ally of former Vice-President Joice Mujuru.
“If you do not give kick-backs the provincial leadership will try by all means to disqualify you,” the source said.
Provincial administration secretary Kenneth Saruchera last week claimed that disqualified candidates were free to appeal to the party’s national elections directorate.