Aspiring candidates disqualified over criminal records

Staff Reporter

Approximately 99.9% of CVs of ZANU PF aspiring election candidates were approved except those with criminal records, said ZANU PF Secretary for Information and Publicity, Cde Christopher Mutsvangwa.

Speaking at the post-extraordinary Politburo session in Harare yesterday, Cde Christopher Mutsvangwa said the Politburo had approved 99% of the aspiring election candidates except those with criminal records.

“Approximately 99.9% of the candidates sailed through because His Excellency President Mnangagwa, said no one should be left behind for any frivolous reason except where the candidate had a criminal record.  Those teams who engaged in the verification process will no longer be deployed in the same areas so that there is transparency. One candidate, Cde Kudakwashe Damson the PC (Provincial Commissar) for Harare province who had an altercation with ZEC (Zimbabwe Electoral Commission) from Epworth was disqualified. This serves as an example of what our leader is always saying against violence,” he said.

According to Cde Mutsvangwa, ZANU PF does not tolerate any form of violence from its members despite one’s position and they were ensuring that the electoral process was done by the book.

“We are ticking each box over the electoral processes so that they are done by the book. I assure you that our democratic processes are done accordingly so that we have the actual candidates occupying the offices,” he said.

Additionally, Cde Mutsvangwa, highlighted how President Mnangagwa, was satisfied with the turn-out and also added that the list of successful candidates will be availed soon to the public and with the dates of the primaries soon to be announced.

Meanwhile, Cde Mutsvangwa also warned against the country"s detractors who undermined the Government efforts to impress their funders from the West.

“The President highlighted that there are a lot of efforts from detractors to undermine our efforts as a Government. They feel like they should help us achieve our goals but we are masters of our own destiny, fully actualised to conduct our duties. We are not worried about dream chasers,” said Cde Mutsvangwa.

Moreover, Political Analysts continue to applaud ZANU PF for upholding democratic processes within its structures by ensuring that people participate in the selection of their representatives in the upcoming general elections.