HARARE – Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai’s MDC party held confirmation exercises and primary elections to select candidates who will represent the party in parliamentary elections set for this year. Yesterday’s elections were held in Harare.
MDC-T National Organising Secretary Nelson Chamisa was unchallenged in his Kuwadzana constituency owing to his immense popularity.
Under new party rules sitting legislators have to go through a confirmation exercise by their respective constituencies. Only legislators who fail to garner two-thirds support from their constituencies have to go for primary elections.
Sitting MP’s who were confirmed to stand for re-election include:
Fani Munengami (Glen View North), Paul Madzore (Glen View South), Fungayi Jessie Majome (Harare West), Lucia Matibenga (Kuwadzana), Paurina Mpariwa (Mufakose) and Gift Chimanikire (Southerton).
Sitting MP’s who failed to garner two-thirds support from their constituencies include:
Heneri Dzinotyiwei (Budiriro), Elias Jembere (Epworth), Pearson Mungofa (Highfield East), Willias Madzimure (Kambuzuma), Margaret Matienga (Sunningdale), Gift Dzirutwe (Glen Norah), Simon Ruuke Hove (Highfield West)
MDC-T Youth Assembly Chairperson Solomon Madzore triumphed over district chair Alec Masomera in Dzivarasekwa while lawyer Jacob Mafume won the right to represent the party in Harare South.
Primary elections for Harare South, Mbare and Mabvuku Tafara took place peacefully. Just as we reported earlier in the day, broadcasters Eric Knight (Mbare) and James Maridadi (Mabvuku/Tafara) came out tops.
The official statistics of the process will be announced in due course. Sunday will see the exercise continuing in Chitungwiza and Bulawayo. The programme will be rolled out to other parts of the country on Monday.