MDC-T Chegutu officials protest primary election ‘irregularities’
By Alex Bell
Officials from the MDC-T have called for fresh primary elections to take
place in the Chegutu East constituency, claiming irregularities had marred
the poll there.
More than 30 Chegutu members of the party gathered at the MDC-T
headquarters, Harvest House, in Harare on Monday, to petition organising
secretary Nelson Chamisa about the problems they say happened during
Saturday’s primary election.
Chegutu East organising secretary Costa Harrison has reportedly accused
Tawanda Bvumo, the party’ s provincial treasurer for Mashonaland West, of
collaborating with the police to rig the election in his favour. Harrison
stated on Monday that Bvumo used the police’s assistance to hold the
elections late at night, when other candidates were not present. He has
called for Bvumo to be suspended, and for fresh primaries to take place.
Bvumo has in turn accused local councillor Locardia Chaipa of instigating a
group of youths to raid a car belonging to some primary election officials,
and to destroy ballot papers. Chaipa has reportedly accused Bvumo of
harbouring a personal grudge against her.
Party spokesman Douglas Mwonzora on Tuesday denied that there was any form
of demonstration at Harvest House on Monday. He insisted the party has a
legitimate appeals process that members can follow if they are unhappy about
the primary elections.
“If anyone is unhappy they must appeal. We have already had some success
with this process. For example, in a constituency in Bulawayo a rerun was
ordered. There was also another appeal in Bulawayo central and that
complaint was dealt with,” Mwonzora told SW Radio Africa.
He added that he was unaware of any formal complaint being registered by the
Chegutu East members yet.
Organising secretary Chamisa meanwhile said the problems in Chegutu were the
fault of “ZANU PF provocateurs.”
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