Outcry as Zimbabwe military makes music for Mnangagwa’s bid to keep presidency

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Presisent Emmerson Mnangagwa and Zimbabwe Defence Forces Commander Constantine Chiwenga The Zimbabwe Defence Force on Friday launched a music album for President Emmerson Mnangagwa’s election campaign. The nine-track album’s cover song is “Garwe Rauya” a chiShona phrase meaning “the hero has arrived”. The army’s Crocodile Sounds band‚ stationed at Inkomo barracks‚ “will be live at Josiah Magama Tongogara Barracks [the army and air force’s headquarters] on 25 May”‚ says local radio personality Tichafa “Tich Mataz” Matambanadzo in the album’s promo. Ironically Mnangagwa’s moniker is “The Crocodile” and his faction in…

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Welshman Ncube showers love for Priscilla Misihairabwi-Mushonga

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Misihairabwi-Mushonga MDC President Welshman Ncube has denied any personal vendettas or blocking top party politician and MP, Priscilla Misihairabwi-Mushonga from a possible return to parliament on a party ticket. The two are former allies who once constituted the MDC negotiating team during talks to form the country’s short-lived unity government 2008. Relations took a knock in 2015 when the former MDC secretary general was forced to abandon her job, claiming relentless social media abuse by party followers. The two were also linked to a rift which arose after Misihairabwi-Mushonga reportedly…

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Khupe lampoons Chamisa faction for celebrating hollow victory

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Linda Masarira The Movement for Democratic Change yesterday received a judgement from the Supreme Court on a matter that our erstwhile colleagues had strangely appealed against when the route to what they had prayed for at the High Court had been clearly pronounced. The Honourable Judge, Justice Francis Bere, had pronounced himself clearly to our erstwhile colleagues that the only legally sound route to their prayer at the High Court was through a full court trial to determine who the constitutional and legitimate MDC T leader is. What has put…

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ZEC’s Plan To Introduce More Polling Stations Is A Way To Rig Elections

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The Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (ZEC)’s plans to introduce more polling stations ahead of the 2018 elections have been met with scepticism with analysts saying that this could be a ploy to rig elections. Constitutional law expert, Alex Magaisa said that introduction of more polling stations may be designed to make it more difficult for the polling stations to be monitored. Said Magaisa 1. ZEC wants to create new polling stations. At first sight, sounds like a great idea but take note: a. For the 1st time, voting will be polling…

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Local firm to print ballot papers

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ZEC Chairperson, Justice Priscilla Chigumba THE Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (Zec) will print ballot papers for the forthcoming general elections locally, amid indications that Government Printers is a firm favourite to do the job ahead of Fidelity Printers. Bernard Mpofu The Zimbabwe Independent understands that South Africa-based Mondi Shanduka had been contracted to supply newsprint to be used for printing ballot papers. There was marked speculation that government was considering hiring a company from Eastern Europe to do the work, raising suspicion of manipulation. The speculation gained traction after Zec chairperson…

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MDC-T supporters threaten Bhora-Musango

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Morgan Komichi MDC-T supporters from Kwekwe are reported to have sent a petition to the national chairperson, Morgan Komichi warning him about the imposition of candidates. The supporters warn that unless the situation is fixed, the party will lose the national elections. Jeremiah Mafirakureva Mafirakureva the spokesperson for the Concerned Citizens of Kwekwe told New Zimbabwe, There is a general feeling of disgruntlement in the manner in which the elections were conducted. There were serious cases of candidate imposition and the party risks losing if the issue is not looked…

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More than 100 parties to take part in Zimbabwe elections

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Zimbabwe Electoral Commission chairperson Justice Priscilla Chigumba HARARE – More than 100 political parties are expected to take part in the Zimbabwe elections expected to be held in July. Preparations for watershed elections got underway over the weekend, with the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (ZEC) opening the voters roll for inspection countrywide. The July election would be the country’s first since independence in 1980 without the long-time ruler and former president Robert Mugabe. About 5.5 million Zimbabweans have registered to vote in the country’s elections. The country’s election body said opening…

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Britain tells Mnangagwa, SB Moyo, ZEC must be scrupulously impartial

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UK Africa Minister Harriett Baldwin and President Emmerson Mnangagwa Britain has told Zimbabwe President Emmerson Mnangagwa and Foreign Minister Sibusiso Moyo that the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission but be neutral and enjoy the confidence of all parties contesting the coming elections, Minister of State Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon told the House of Lords yesterday. Asked by Lord Steel of Aikwood what representations the government had made to Zimbabwe to ensure that the electoral commission is genuinely independent to the forthcoming elections, Lord Ahmad said: “The Foreign Secretary met Zimbabwean Foreign Minister…

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Chaotic primaries threaten MDC-T

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MDC-T President Chamisa chairs standing committee meeting THE MDC-T led by Nelson Chamisa is in trouble after failing to manage its primary elections, leaving most of those who lost in the elections accusing the party leadership of electoral fraud and favouritism. BY BLESSED MHLANGA/ KENNETH NYANGANI MDC-T national women’s wing boss Lynette Karenyi, who lost the chaos-ridden Dangamvura/Chikanga constituency polls in Manicaland to former Musikavanhu legislator Prosper Mutseyami, has indicated that she could go it alone if the results are allowed to stand. “I wish to announce that I will…

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MDC, Majome in talks

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Jessie Majome HARARE – The MDC leadership has scrambled to save its relations with one of its long-serving MPs, Jessie Majome, who last week announced she would stand as an independent candidate in the forthcoming elections after citing manipulated party guidelines in choosing candidates for its primary elections. Yesterday, Majome who insisted her decision to run as an independent candidate for Harare West constituency did not mean she was quitting the MDC, met the party’s president Nelson Chamisa to try and resolve the problem. Majome told the Daily News that she…

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