The ruling ZANU PF has underplayed the importance of by-elections to fill vacant council and Parliamentary seats left vacant mainly by MDC Alliance members who were recalled by the interim MDC-T leadership.
These remarks were made by the party’s acting secretary of Information, Patrick “Czar” Chinamasa during the party’s weekly media briefing held in Harare this Saturday.
The former Finance Minister said that ZANU PF awaits guidance from the relevant authorities like the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission on how to go about the process. Chinamasa added:
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However, the Party makes it categorically clear that the By-elections are not even an issue of much interest as the Party already dominates the representation in Parly. He adds that the Opposition should therefore desist from claiming that the Party is influencing the delay.
This comes when the Minister of Health, Vice President Constantino Chiwenga indefinitely suspended by-elections citing the coronavirus.
ZEC also confirmed the suspension reiterating Chiwenga’s point of the prevalence of the pandemic.
The ban on by-elections was criticised by some especially members of the opposition MDC Alliance who opined that it was a strategy by the ruling party to allow MDC-T to appoint replacements.
Some analysts believe ZANU PF is conniving with MDC-T to weaken its rival MDC Alliance led by Nelson Chamisa ahead of the 2023 elections.
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