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More promises as poll fever grips Zim

CANDIDATES from across the political divide continue to pitch their individual manifestos as the July 31 harmonised elections reach the home stretch.

REPORT BY PATRICE MAKOVA

The candidates continue to make promises, most of which appear hard to fulfil.

Acie Mutumanje Lumumba is one of the youthful leaders contesting the elections.

The 25-year-old Zimbabwe Youth Council chairperson for Harare is representing Zanu PF in the Hatfield Constituency.

He will contest MDC-T deputy secretary general and Economic Planning and Investment Promotion minister, Tapiwa Mashakada, Paul Mushonga of MDC and Tarwirei Chadambura of UMD.

Lumumba, who calls himself the miracle baby of Zanu PF, said he is not afraid of heavyweights, having won his party’s primary elections in a tight contest.

He won by two votes against eight other candidates, among them a provincial Zanu PF Harare Province Secretary for Education, Last Mbizvo and Danny Masukume, an economic analyst.

However, Lumumba’s name does not sound Zimbabwean and he contested the party primaries without the relevant qualifications.

He said he was a first-generation Zimbabwean having been born in Hatfield to a Zimbabwean mother and father of Congolese origin.

He was allowed to contest the Zanu PF primary elections although he has not served in the party for five consecutive years as was stipulated in the primary poll guidelines. Lumumba said after presentations were made to the Harare provincial leadership, he was given a waiver to contest.

“I am stubbornly Zanu PF and what I am is a reflection of the party in 2013. We have redefined ourselves and at least 25 youths below the age of 35 in Harare alone are contesting on a Zanu PF ticket,” said Lumumba.

But asked why Zanu PF invested in 89-year-old President Robert Mugabe instead of opting for a younger and more energetic candidate, Lumumba said age was of no consequence.

“Zanu PF does not select its leaders based on age. Mugabe was selected because of his ability to get the job done. People are not going to vote for his age, but his ability and the trust they have in him,” he said.

If elected, Lumumba said his priority was the basic restoration of community services and providing a platform for constituents to air their views.

He said roads, schools, street lights and community facilities in the constituency needed attention. Lumumba said Hatfield should benefit from its vicinity to the Harare International Airport by creating jobs, constructing shopping malls, hotels and industries.

The youth leader said he was inspired to join politics by the “revolutionary” path Mugabe had taken.

He said Youth Development, Indigenisation and Economic Empowerment minister, Saviour Kasukuwere mentored him for the past five years. Lumumba said Prophet Uebert Angel was his spiritual guide.

Former student leader and MDC-T national executive responsible for Mashonaland West Province, Chalton Hwende is representing his party in Chegutu West.

He faces it off with Zanu PF’s Dexter Nduna, Tagwireyi Ngwenya of MDC and Ernest Mudimu, an independent.

Hwende said he wanted to see a better Chegutu and spearhead its development.

“It is time to bring an oasis of living to Chegutu West. I promise to be held liable wherever there is my signature. Over and above all, I promise to bring change to Chegutu West in line with the broad vision of the MDC-T,” he said.

Hwende said his major priorities included ensuring that every home in Chegutu receives clean water supply, and facilitation of the opening up of industries.

“Unemployment in Chegutu is high and so industry has to open. I will work tirelessly to market my constituency to attract investment so that companies like David Whitehead can open and operate to full capacity. This will create jobs and opportunities for a lot of people,” he said.

Hwende said road infrastructure in Chegutu needed a complete overhaul. “The roads are terrible. I will work hard with the responsible ministry to ensure that a good road infrastructure is put in place. I will also work hard for the electrification of communities that are not yet connected with electricity.”

‘MY ZIMPAPERS CASE WAS BLOWN OUT OF PROPORTION’

Lumumba at one time worked for Star FM radio as political anchor, but left unceremoniously.

Zimpapers announced the suspension of Lumumba and head of programmes Tichafa Matambanadzo over allegations of irregularities involving the transaction of advertising revenue.

But Lumumba down-played the case saying both himself and Star FM mutually agreed to terminate their relationship after a “business disagreement”.

He said the case was blown out of proportion by the media, adding no criminal charges were ever pressed against him. “I love Star FM and I hope they also do the same,” said Lumumba.

Residents will control their council revenue: Chimbiri

Henry Chimbiri is an executive member of the Professor Welshman Ncube-led MDC.

He is contesting the Budiriro seat. Chimbiri described himself as courageous having worked for the united MDC information centre where he documented information on victims of political violence and torture.

Chimbiri was arrested over 30 times since 1999 and was violently assaulted by State security agents. In 2002, he was assaulted by the suspected intelligence agents in front of schoolchildren and fellow teachers and was left for dead at Mukai High School, Highfield.

This was after he had contested the Mt. Darwin South seat in 2000. He was eventually dismissed from his teaching post for being an MDC activist while working as a civil servant under a Zanu PF government.

Chimbiri said having lived in Budiriro for over 18 years, he has first-hand experience on the challenges facing residents.

“I will overcome the challenges in Budiriro using the MDC’s Actions for Devolution through participatory people-centred leadership,” said Chimbiri.

He said if elected, every child would have access to affordable education through the Basic Education Assistance Module (Beam).

He said residents would control their Council revenue for quality clinics, roads and water.

“Chimbiri will encourage women, young people and investors to have an initiative in creating jobs and employment opportunities in new home industries. A new Constituency Development Committee will be the first step in the organisation of Budiriro communities towards real development,” said the aspiring MP.

He is in the race for the Budiriro seat together with Costa Machingauta of MDC-T, Andrew Nkani of Zanu PF, Shepherd Manganda of UMD and Douglas Muzanenhamo of MCD.

9 Responses to More promises as poll fever grips Zim

  1. big story July 21, 2013 at 12:35 pm #

    President maivonavo here ka nyaya Kari muSundayMail Business regarding board rakagadzwa naMpofu kuZMDC kuti vana Mutsva, Maziva, Masimire vazvipe mabasa ose enyika seisina vamwe vanhu vanodavo mikana yacho iyo inongowanikwa by the same goons and their families apa ma farmers zvekare SO WHERE ARE OUR DIAMONDS checks and balances kana zvakanghora kudai zvichiyenda mberi ndoo indegenisation maitirwo ayo here? It leaves a foul taste in the mouth when we try to make sense of it all. All of a sudden after uncertainty of their agenda there they are moved again. I thought the diamonds issue is of national priority so how come zvindumugwa izvi can field zanu politics, their farms and other positions plus mining matters at one go kunge tisi nga existeewo ahewa.

    • Betty July 23, 2013 at 8:22 am #

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  2. RIGMASTER July 21, 2013 at 12:59 pm #

    Election irregularities and Constitutional irregularities so far…..

    1- The involvement of the Registrar General and not Zec in distributing mobile registration centres.
    2 The exclusion and limiting of all Mdc areas in the mobile registration exercise.
    3- The deliberate disenfranchising of 2million youths and aliens from registering
    4-the chaotic postal vote.
    5- the holding of postal vote in 3 days instead of 2.
    6- Taking more than 4 days to transport the postal ballots to command centre at Sheraton Harare instead of 1- WHERE THE HELL WHERE THE BALLOTS.
    7-Refusal by the RG to disclose the names and addresses of those who voted in the Special Vote.
    8-Refusal of the RG to disclose the numbers of new first time voters.
    9-The clandestine ‘voter registration exercise’ still taking place in all ZPF areas yet the Voters Roll is said to have closed on the 9th of July. -All Zanu SECRETARIES ARE STILL RECRUITING AND SUBMITTING LISTS TO THE RG, WITH NO VERIFICATION OF PROOF OF RESIDENCE OR VERIFICATION OF IDs eg in Epworth.
    10- Zecs attempt to vote those policemen who failed to do so during the Special Vote.-THE LAW DOESNOT ALLOW THOSE APPROVED TO CARRY A SPECIAL VOTE TO APPEAR AGAIN ON GENERAL ELECTION

    Im just a mere voter but this election is just a joke- a serious daylight fraud. CAN SOMEBODY RESCUE US. DO WE HAVE OBSERVERS IN THIS ELECTION.
    THIS IS NOT AN ELECTION. ITS A FRAUD MEANT TO MISREPRESENT THE WISHES OF THE PEOPLE OF ZIMBABWE.

  3. changing times July 21, 2013 at 4:40 pm #

    well said rigmaster.but some things are best left to God,lets just play our part by going to vote in our millions and leave the rest to him.

  4. Stop-a-Thief July 21, 2013 at 9:08 pm #

    He is almost 90 years old…
    His failed leadership put the country on hold…
    Using the courts to cheat…
    Like a dog on heat…
    Are Zimbabweans so crazy…
    To waste their votes on this lazy?…
    Freedom soon knocks, we say please come in YES…
    Bringing to an end suffering for 33 years…

    Vanhu Havachada Mugabe&zanupf!!

  5. Baba vaWadzanai Selma Nyamunda July 24, 2013 at 9:33 pm #

    Send this Lumumba boy to join his fellow countrymen in Goma, DRC. Fielding a foreigner to contest any election in Zimbabwe does not work wonders Comrades. Uyu muchinda akatiza M23 REBELS kumusha kwakw kuDRC.

  6. Stop-a-Thief July 25, 2013 at 10:36 pm #

    VICTORY POEM PART 7:
    Hekani waro hombarume…
    Ngatisimudze minwe…
    Hamuwone hazvisi cool…
    Kutongwa naVasekuru…
    Gore rino anochiwona…
    Kuchemera mai vake Bona…
    Simukai tinovhota…
    MaZanu abva adhota…

  7. Mageja Siziba July 28, 2013 at 11:48 pm #

    @ Rigmaster. You are just too good at spreading lies & misinformation about the things that you think constitute rigging. Forgoodness sake, go read the new constitution & the electoral law to understand the new system. Short of that, you will remain a big dofo.

  8. Stop-a-Thief July 30, 2013 at 1:52 pm #

    FINAL VICTORY POEM PART 10:
    Finally we got the bull by the horns…
    And long-awaited freedom beckons…
    Tomorrow we’ll see who’s Big Daddy…
    Bhora rakaponja haripindi mugedhi…
    The road to freedom has been rough…
    Until we finally said “enough”…
    Waving bye-bye to a 90-year old…
    Whose departure is as good as gold…
    He lingered like a bad smell…
    But Zimbabweans finally ring the bell…
    Smiles all over their brave faces…
    Proud they’ve removed the nutcases…
    And choosing proper aces…
    No more chefs & comrades…
    No more toyi-toyi & night raids…
    We salute our women & men…
    For bringing change by a mere pen.

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