3 Byo MPs booted out of Zanu-PF primaries

Mr Callistus Ndlovu

Mr Callistus Ndlovu

Pamela Shumba,  Senior Reporter
THREE sitting Members of Parliament from Bulawayo have been disqualified from contesting in the Zanu-PF primary elections which will be held on Sunday.

Pumula representative in the National Assembly Cde Godfrey Malaba was disqualified at the weekend by the national commissariat, while Luveve MP Ntandoyenkosi Mlilo and Nkulumane MP Killian Sibanda were disqualified yesterday.

Announcing the developments yesterday, the party’s Bulawayo provincial chairman, Professor Callistus Ndlovu, said the three MPs are among eight candidates that were disqualified.

“The vetting was done at two levels. The first one was at provincial level while the second one was at national level. The decision to disqualify some of the candidates was done at a higher level.

“They looked at the list we supplied and took into account our comments and on the basis of other information they have, which we don’t have ourselves, involving security issues and others, they decided to drop some people and their decision is final,” said Prof Ndlovu.

He said in summary, the total number of aspiring House of Assembly candidates for the 12 constituencies in Bulawayo stands at 53 with a total of eight disqualified candidates.

“The candidates understand that the final decision is made at national level. The reasons were not given to us because they involve political security issues. I’m sure you realise that Zanu-PF had problems, some of which were related to the G40 cabal.

“That could be one of the reasons but the national commissariat didn’t mention that. Incumbent MPs are actually more exposed than aspiring MPs because people know what they did wrong. It could be political or incompetence,” said Prof Ndlovu.

He said the list of candidates that was published in the latest edition of our sister paper, The Sunday News, had errors which have since been rectified.

“Pursuant to the approved and published list of our primary election candidates, all aspiring House of Assembly candidates who had been erroneously put under the Senatorial constituencies have now been put back into their intended constituencies.

“For Bulawayo Central and Bulawayo East, the number of contesting candidates has increased to five and 10 respectively,” said Prof Ndlovu.

As a result of the amendments, Cde Joshua Malinga of Kumalo Senatorial constituency and Prof Ndlovu of Mzilikazi Senatorial constituency are uncontested.

Prof Ndlovu added that Cde Sibanda’s disqualification leaves Cde David Ndlovu as the only candidate for the Nkulumane House of Assembly constituency.

“The omission of the entire list for the Luveve House of Assembly candidates has been rectified. Cde Mandla Ndlovu has also been included on the list of aspiring candidates for Magwegwe constituency.

“A total of seven aspiring candidates were approved for the women’s quota. The only contest will be between two candidates in Bulawayo East and Bulawayo Central constituencies,” said Prof Ndlovu.

All candidates, he added, who applied to contest in the local authority elections have been approved except for Mangwani Kudiwa from Nketa-Emganwini, who has been disqualified.

The candidates have been given the green light to start campaigning for the primaries, with those contesting for the same constituency expected to campaign together.—@pamelashumba1
Corrected list of Zanu-PF primary election candidates

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  • MSAKANDA

    We support your decision as it is based on the district and provincial level

  • Sandura1

    I don’t believe in Calistus, just like Enos Nkala, Joshua Masilela and Mark Dube.

  • Gatsheni

    “ZAPU is a dead donkey,” so said Callistus Ndlovu in 1983. Today he seeks our vote. Over our dead bodies.

    • zibulo

      after that he joined thieves, murderers , looters , and he got rewarded . JUDAS .

  • Galveston

    All that educated fine tuning will not up the hated party’s popularity stakes among Bulawayo’ electorate. The party doesn’t stand a lambs chance in a lion’s den of winning a single seat or ward in the City of Kings.

    • Cubit

      I wish it ( Zanu PF) could win some seats in the local govt. MDC Cllrs are the worst thing eber to happen to our beautiful city of Kings. Look at the corruption allegations against the bulk of the Cllrs. thieves like Rodney Jele who escaped jail because this accomplice Thobani Ncube decided to suffer alone, Gift Banda, hooligan Siboniso Khumalo. We need a multi party Council for things to be okay

      • Kuda

        True that, we need a multi party chamber

      • zibulo

        yes , a multi party chamber fosters development, but not including a gangster party like ZANU, NO NO NO NO !!! Thats not a party . see what they did to the country, why not advocate for Independent candidates at least , i owuld vote for them than vote ZANU

        • Galveston

          Cupid my dear!! You can’t be serious suggesting that ZANU PF should have a share of our wards if, as you say, corruption is to be adequately addressed in our city council. zibulo in his comment above this, is very correct. ZANU PF are as corrupt to the core as a very rotten apple. No mate, we won’t vote for them even if means selling our grandmothers. Besides, I’m of the opinion that the playing field has changed for the better in spite of the squabbles obtaining in the open hand party. This time around, the electorate will not just vote for a symbol, but rather for trustworthy andcompetent persons to represent them.

      • Galveston

        Cupid my dear!! You can’t be serious suggesting that ZANU PF should have a share of our wards if, as you say, corruption is to be adequately addressed in our city council. zibulo in his comment below this, is very correct. ZANU PF are as corrupt to the core as a very rotten apple. No mate, we won’t vote for them even if means selling our grandmothers. Besides, I’m of the opinion that the playing field has changed for the better in spite of the squabbles obtaining in the open hand party. This time around, the electorate will not just vote for a symbol, but rather for trustworthy and competent persons to represent them.

  • zibulo

    Aren’t these MPs the fellows who went into Parly by the backdoor, by default? How many votes did they garner by the way to get into Parly , some got 500 votes !!!!!kkkkk