Nomination courts held for constituencies affected by court order

By ZBC Reporters

THE Nomination Court sat this Friday for various constituencies across the country whose nominations were affected by a court order on Wednesday

In Harare; five candidates will contest the Harare East By-election, while three were approved to contest in Kambuzuma after successfully filing their papers at the Harare Magistrates Court this Friday.

Candidates who will battle it out in Harare East include Mavis Gumbo of ZANU PF, Musarurwa Precious of the Labour Economists and African Democrats, MDC Alliance’s Lovemore Mbanga and Garikai Mlambo of the United Zimbabwe Alliance.

In Kambuzuma, Fungai Chiposi will represent MDC Alliance, while ZANU PF will be represented by Oscar Nyamunokora.

Two applicants had their papers rejected.

“Mudavanhu Peter of the MDC Alliance had his papers rejected as he has been duly nominated as a candidate for Ward 8 in Harare while Moses Kamfedewere of the United Democratic Alliance had insufficient nominators,” said ZEC Provibcial Officer, Fiona Kurima.

Candidates who spoke to ZBC News said the nomination process was smooth, pledging to work in consultation with the electorate should they win.

Meanwhile, at the close of nomination court in Bulawayo, 12 candidates had successfully filed their papers for Nkulumane and Pumula Constituencies.

The candidates were confirmed by the Presiding Officer, Mr Innocent Ncube who implored them to follow electoral guidelines during the campaign period.

“I urge all of you to stick to the provisions of the Electoral Code of conduct as you play your game,” he noted.

The nomination process for Nkulumane and Pumula and four other constituencies was delayed by a legal matter which was later resolved with President Emmerson Mnangagwa proclaiming new dates for the process.

In the Midlands Province,the nomination process for Mbizo Constituency reopened at the Gweru Magistrates’ Court at 10 am this Friday after another High Court Order nullified an earlier judgement that had stopped the nomination process.

Some of the candidates who filed their nomination papers hailed the decision to allow them to contest.

“It is good that we are back here for this important exercise. I have managed to file my papers without problems as the process was quite smooth. Its a victory for the people of Mbizo constituency who had to endure years of poor service delivery at the hands of the opposition and I must say its time they get servant leadership in ZANU PF. I am ready as victory is certain,” said Cde Vongaishe Mupereri, ZANU PF candidate for Mbizo Constituency .

“There are a few people today and as such the process has been quick. I am ready to deliver for the sake of the people of Mbizo Constituency. We want to ensure that all projects are up to standard. We have seen roads being upgraded but the works leave a lot to be desired. I want to promise an oversight role to ensure that people get the services they deserve. Collection of garbage and availability of water is my priority as I represent my MDCA,” noted Eventhough Mapfumo,” MDC-A Candidate for Mbizo Constituency.

The Mbizo constituency seat fell vacant after the recall of Mr Settlement Chikwinya from Parliament by the MDC Alliance.

In Manicaland Province,the Nomination Court for Mutasa South Constituency was held with four candidates making it through to contest in the by-election set for 26 March.

The successful candidates include Misheck Mugadza of Zanu PF and MDC- Alliance’s Tauzen Pedzisai.

The country will conduct by-elections for vacant National Assembly and Local Authority seats on the 26th of March.