FORMER deputy labour minister and ex Zanu PF Marondera East legislator, Tracy Mutinhiri will represent her new party in the constituency.
JAIROS SAUNYAMA AND MOSES CHIBAYA
Mutinhiri was confirmed as the MDC-T Marondera East candidate, without a contest at Rudhaka stadium yesterday.
She was initially set to compete with MDC-T Marondera East District Chairman Samuel Machekanyanga who was disqualified to pave way for a female candidate.
Mutinhiri was fired from Zanu PF in 2011 amid accusations that she was working with the party led by Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai. She then joined MDC-T the following year.
Yesterday, the MDC-T primaries continued to brew shockers, with more sitting MPs failing to get confirmation. Some surprise candidates were also nominated.
Murewa West legislator Ward Nezi got the shock of his life when he failed the confirmation process. He scored 90 votes against the 160 who opposed him. A candidate requires two thirds majority to be confirmed. Nezi will have to contest against Leonard Mandaza at a date to be announced.
In Chikomba Central constituency, Moses Jiri will battle it out with MDC-T Provincial Chairman Piniel Denga after 363 people voted against Jiri.
Both Jiri and Denga have been embroiled in bitter wrangles after the former accused the latter, for abandoning his Mbare seat
Marondera Central MP Kay was confirmed after 350 people voted for him against the 110 who were opposed to his candidature.
However, the victory of some candidates was criticised by supporters who said they were not allowed to vote.
MDC National Organising Secretary Nelson Chamisa acknowledged that there were some concerns raised in certain constituencies across the country.
“I don’t think they are squabbles maybe you have more information that I don’t have to call them squabbles, but they are reviews. The review is not on the basis of dissatisfaction with the process but discomfort with the results and the two are different.”
Chamisa said the primaries were going on well adding that they would be completing Mashonaland central province today and then move on to Mashonaland West.
The MDCs have not been vibrant in the province. In the 2008 elections, the party won four out of the 23 seats in Mashonaland East.