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President ED Mnangagwa

President ED Mnangagwa

Tendai Mugabe,Harare Bureau
A record 23 people yesterday successfully filed nomination papers to contest as presidential candidates in the July 30 harmonised elections.

The record figure which is a first since independence in 1980, has been described by political analysts as a sign of mature democracy and opening up of political space by President Mnangagwa’s administration.

Professor Lovemore Madhuku

Professor Lovemore Madhuku

In the 2002 presidential elections, there were five candidates that included Messrs Robert Mugabe (Zanu-PF), Morgan Tsvangirai (MDC), Wilson Kumbula (Zanu Ndonga), Shakespeare Maya (National Alliance for Good Governance) and Paul Siwela (Independent) while 2008 recorded four candidates Messrs Mugabe (Zanu-PF), Tsvangirai (MDC-T), Simba Makoni (Mavambo, Dawn Kusile) and Langton Toungana (Independent).

Retired Brigadier-General Ambrose Mutinhiri

Retired Brigadier-General Ambrose Mutinhiri

In 2013 there were five presidential candidates – Messrs Mugabe (Zanu-PF), Tsvangirai (MDC-T), Dumiso Dabengwa (Zapu), Welshman Ncube (MDC) and Mr Kisinoti Mukwazhe (Zimbabwe Democratic Party).

This year the number ballooned by more than 500 percent to reach 23.

Mr Brian Taurai Mteki

Mr Brian Taurai Mteki

Among those who successfully filed papers yesterday were President Mnangagwa (Zanu-PF), Messrs Nelson Chamisa (MDC-Alliance), Peter Gava (United Democratic Front), Kwanele Hlabangana (Republicans Party of Zimbabwe), Divine Mhambi (National Alliance of Patriotic and Democratic Republicans) and Blessing Kasiyamhuru (Zimbabwe Partnership for Prosperity).

Thokozani Khuphe

Thokozani Khuphe

Other candidates were Dr Thokozani Khupe (MDC-T), Professor Lovemore Madhuku (National Constitutional Assembly), Messrs Noah Manyika (Build Zimbabwe Alliance), Brian Mteki (Independent), William Mugadza (Bethel Christian Party), Evaristo Chikanga (Rebuild Zimbabwe) and Joseph Busha (FreeZim Congress).

Joice Mujuru

Joice Mujuru

Ms Violet Mariyacha (United Democracy Movement), Joice Mujuru (People’s Rainbow Coalition), Dr Nkosana Moyo (Alliance for People’s Agenda), Messrs Johannes Chiguvare (People’s Progressive Party), Daniel Shumba (United Democratic Alliance), Elton Mangoma (Coalition of Democrats), Peter Munyanduri (New Patriotic Front), Ambrose Mutinhiri (National Patriotic Front), Peter Wilson (Democratic Opposition Party) and Melbah Dzepasi of (#1980 Freedom Movement Zimbabwe) also successfully filed their papers.

 Mr Nelson Chamisa

Mr Nelson Chamisa

Justice, Legal and Parliamentary Affairs Minister Cde Ziyambi Ziyambi filed papers on behalf of President Mnangagwa.

Speaking to our Harare Bureau, Cde Ziyambi said: “We have successfully launched our papers for our Presidential Candidate Cde ED Mnangagwa. We, in fact, did a pre-submission yesterday (Wednesday) and the papers were duly accepted today.

“We are geared for this election and we are confident of victory. When we visited the nomination court we also witnessed several political parties submitting their parties which is a sign that our democracy has really matured.”

Dr Nkosana Moyo

Dr Nkosana Moyo

MDC Alliance secretary general Mr Douglas Mwonzora said: “The process has so far gone well. The nomination papers of our presidential candidate were successfully filed.”

Mr Mwonzora said the nomination process progressed well but their major concern was the availability of the final voters’ roll.

Mr Gava of United Democratic Front said: “The process has gone well and we are now waiting how we are going to fare.

“There is a lot that we would want to say but we have reserved that for the rallies that we are going to hold.”

Zec chairperson Justice Priscilla Chigumba said the nomination process went on well although there were some incidences of intra-party violence.

“The process has gone on very well. All our preparations were on course,” she said.

“We had the provisional voters’ roll available for the assistance of those who have not been able to access it.

“All of the aspiring nominees were given assistance by the Zec and I quite pleased with the process here at the High Court with regards to the presidential nominees and also quite pleased with the process of the nomination of those aspiring to be Members Parliament.

“However, I did take note that those aspiring for council there is a bit of a challenge there. As you know there is no monetary fee and we have found that there is a lot of aspirants for council.

“We did have a few incidences of allegations of intra party violence and I am quite confident that because we have adequate number of the Zimbabwe Republic Police to take care of that. Overall, I am fairly happy by the performance of the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission and its staff.”

The nomination court sat until 9PM processing the papers as some of the candidates failed to gather the 100 signatures of supporters as required by the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission.

One candidate Mr Tendai Munyanduri of New Patriotic Front delayed the process after his cellphone run out of power before paying nomination fees via EcoCash.

He was rescued by a journalist who offered him a power bank to recharge his mobile phone.

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  • Chitova62

    Wonder why insert of Brian Mteki photo features so prominently in this article…is this because he’s the most likely candidate to win or otherwise not..!?? Ne’er heard of this aspiring geezer…what does he really do for a living, lest he’s another Doctor of All Sorts..(synonymous with infamous Dr Amai..)????!?

    • musa

      this is the guy famous for singing, “…the only blair that i know is a toilet…”

      • Jotham

        Kasuye. The ‘toilet song’ f*cker is Chiangwa or Tambaoga something.

        • musa

          i stand corrected

  • Msongelwa.

    I think Rastafarians in zim will give him their votes knowing that once Brian Mteki when he is the highest office in the land their freedom of smoking marijuana in public will be guaranteed otherwise it’s a very interesting presidential election of our time.

  • Ntombi Tshabangu

    To me this sounds like a circus and this should tell us about the lack of maturity of our political system.What differences do they have in policy for an example.I like the Rastaman though looks confident. And Madhuku wants to be President Really!!

  • Bongani Dlamini

    We can blame ZANU PF all we want but the large number of presidential candidates shows us that the opposition in its totality is useless. What’s so difficult for them to come together and nominate one candidate. The opposition is full of greedy, corrupt career politicians as those in ZANU PF. This maybe with the exception of Nkosana Moyo who the whole opposition movement should have rallied behind. Moyo is the only credible candidate in the opposition list. The rest are just a bunch of useless clowns who can never take us anywhere.

    • Doctor Do little

      I don’t think that all of the opposition Partys in any country can just choose one candidate. Some of those names will get votes from only their family. If anything this is the kind of election that can be a blessing in disguise because this time the ruling Partys vote is also being split. We will wait and see. I have no doubt that this election will weed out most of the dead wood. I also believe that some good can come from this. All people need to do is to vote for whom they think can best serve their purpose. Something is going to give this time around.

      • Bongani Dlamini

        DDL I respect your views but this is not ”any country”, this is ZIMBABWE that is at the deep end of a political and economic crisis created and nurtured by ZANU PF. It is therefore only fair for every right thinking Zimbabwean with a bit of brain to realise that this fielding of tens of candidates by the opposition is betrayal beyond measure by every opposition leader. There is nothing that is going to give when these clowns in the opposition do not realise that they are giving ZANU PF victory by means foul or fair through an outright win or an easy platform to rig.

        • Doctor Do little

          I am with you there but on the other hand there were many Jokers waiting in the wings to be carried over by the opposition. They have made their play. Now everything is in the clear. We cant change their ways but we can change things by the way we vote. Somehow I have confidence in the people of Zimbabwe.

        • Khuya

          I concur. This is indeed a betrayal which hands Zanu PF the victory.

    • N. Sithole

      Nkosana Moyo is indeed a technocrat and would have done well under the banner of a political grouping. He showed character when he refused to be associated with violence and corruption in 2000. His greatest undoing is that his ego blinds him to the reality of Zimbabwean politics. He would be lucky to get 2% of the vote. Umdlalo wakhona awulula.

  • Emmanuel Mlambo

    Dreadman contesting!!!! That’s nice. A good number are people who do not mind throwing away a thousand dollars, nothing more. But well….let the games begin. Yasuka yahlala

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  • Wellington

    Nothing but selfishness from most of these fly by night candidates, most of them we know were given those $1000 to file nomination papers, nowonder zimbabwe is in a mess. Nkosana Moyo HAS MY VOTE

  • N. Sithole

    This a circus, ngamadlwane. How can we have people who are not known beyond their homes contesting as presidential candidates? We also have candidates who are contesting just to spoil it for others- a vindictive and selfish lot. Fortunately, the electorate will teach them a lesson.

  • xhaka

    lonyaka kunzima, a prophet said someone not linked to ZANU might score a lot of votes

    • silungisn

      Bonke babuya ku ZANU-PF …YINI ENTSHA LAPHO?….all Members of MDC-cum-MDC-Alliance all are coming from ZANU-PF…..they are the majority of Off-Springs who benefited from the Gukurahundi fruits…..