5 successfully file nomination papers for Harare by-elections, CCCC candidate fails to secure funds


Five candidates have successfully filed their papers with the Nomination Court ahead of by-elections slated for April 27 this year.

The by-elections will be held to replace two former opposition legislators Fadzayi Mahere and Rusty Makharm who resigned after their leader Nelson Chamisa quit his party Citizens Coalition for Change (CCC).

Mahere was the MP for Mt Pleasant Constituency while Makharm represented Harare East Constituency.

Submissions of papers were halted at exactly 4 pm but the court sat until around 8 pm after sitting throughout the day on Tuesday.

Candidates who successfully filed their papers are Mamuse Nason an Independent candidate, George Mashavave and Kiven Mutimbanyoka of Zanu PF, andBrian Ticky and Ropafadzo Cynthia Cheza both independent.

Another candidate David Chitimbe of Changu Chimuti Chakapinda Chapinda (CCCC) who was vying for the Harare East seat was disqualified after failing to secure US$1000 nomination fees. We are Ignite Media Zimbabwe.

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Zanu PF’s Mashavave will clash with Ticky and Mamuse for the Mt Pleasant vacancy while his colleague, Mutimbanyoka will compete with Cheza in Harare East.

In an interview, Mashavave said he had already won the battle.

“I’m already a legislator. I have long won this battle, ” he said.

Mashavave also said he will work closely with councillors in his Constituency and will soon bring back Sunshine City status in Mt Pleasant.

“There are a lot of things to be fixed but the most important thing I will prioritise is to ensure that my constituency becomes a clean one and give people a good life.

“We cannot be using Ian Smith bylaws in this age and time. We need to amend Local Authority laws and move with time,” he said.

Cheza said her biggest dream is to eradicate substance abuse in Harare East.

“Drug abuse has long been a major problem in my constituency. I want this to be fixed, to set rehabilitation centre in my constituency and fight drug abuse,” she said.

Cheza whose nomination was turned down said he was going to bring change in Harare East Constituency if voted into office.

He blamed previous lawmakers for “failing to bring a single change in the area” stating that he is the change people need.

The court adjourned late to allow him to pay but he failed to pay the money.

All candidates interviewed said the process by the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission was smooth and went well.

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