Chamisa warns ZEC ….says Silaigwana has dirty hands

Chamisa warns ZEC ….says Silaigwana has dirty hands

By Daniel Chigundu recently in Kwekwe MDC Alliance presidential candidate Nelson Chamisa has warned the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (ZEC) acting chief elections officer Utoile Silaigwana that they are watching him closely. Silaigwana, who took over from Constance Chigwamba on an acting basis is a former military officer and is also among ZEC officials who were accused of refusing to release election results in 2008. According to ZEC chairperson Justice Priscilla Chigumba, the elections board employs about 383 workers and of that number 15 percent (58) are former military personnel. Addressing…

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Women urged to rise in 2018 elections

Women urged to rise in 2018 elections

By Daniel Chigundu SPEAKER of the National Assembly Advocate Jacob Mudenda has urged women to rise to the occasion in the impending elections if they hope to make an effective impact. Despite getting 60 extra seats in Parliament through a constitutional clause for 10 years, Women in Zimbabwe claim they are still underrepresented and want 50/50 representation. Women organisations claim that the current political environment in Zimbabwe favours male candidates at the expense of women and have set their sights on 2018 elections to try and balance the imbalances. Speaking…

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Troubled Chamisa dispatches Mutsekwa to Bulawayo

Troubled Chamisa dispatches Mutsekwa to Bulawayo

By Daniel Chigundu MDC-T which is currently fractured by factionalism and internal conflicts has dispatched its head of security Giles Mutsekwa to deal with rebellion and waves of violence that have nested in Bulawayo. The dispatching of Mutsekwa comes barely a day after party vice-president Thokozani Khupe and other officials where thoroughly based at the party’s office in Bulawayo for allegedly refusing to accept Nelson Chamisa as the Morgan Tsvangirai successor. This is however not the first time that Khupe and company have been beaten at the party’s offices, it…

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ZEC digs in on diaspora vote

ZEC digs in on diaspora vote

By Daniel Chigundu ZIMBABWE Electoral Commission (ZEC) has maintained its stance on diaspora vote adding that only those on national duty will be allowed to vote from the diaspora. It is estimated that there are about three million Zimbabweans living in the diaspora owing to various reasons that range from political persecution, economic issues and various other reasons. South Africa has the majority of Zimbabwean diaspora, followed by UK, Australia and United States among others. However, these Zimbabwe have been requesting from the government that they are afforded the opportunity…

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100days later, nothing has changed

100days later, nothing has changed

By Daniel Chigundu PEOPLE’s Democratic Party (PDP) says the much publicized 100 days plan of action by the Emmerson Mnangagwa regime are nothing short of a period of mediocrity and a total failure to break from the past. President Mnangagwa set 100-day targets for ministers where they were supposed to come up with action plans to address the various challenges bedevilling the country and the economy. Now that the 100 days are have come to an end, there have been mixed comments on whether there was change or not. In…

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Tsvangirai already had a succession plan: Chamisa

Tsvangirai already had a succession plan: Chamisa

By Daniel Chigundu MDC-T acting president Nelson Chamisa says when the late Morgan Tsvangirai appointed two more vice presidents; he already had a succession vision. The late Tsvangirai appointed Chamisa and Elias Mudzuri in 2016 adding that he wanted them to help him in discharging his party presidential duties. The appointments did not go down well with a lot of senior party members especially those that had sweated to win their positions at the 2014 Congress. Political analysts described the appointment s as being unconstitutional as the MDC-T constitution only…

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Let’s fulfil Tsvangirai’s dream: Biti

Let’s fulfil Tsvangirai’s dream: Biti

By Daniel Chigundu PEOPLE’s Democratic Party (PDP) president Tendai Biti has called on the people of Zimbabwe to protect the legacy of the late MDC-T leader Morgan Tsvangirai by winning the 2018 elections. Biti likened the late Tsvangirai to the Biblical Moses who took the children of Israel out of Egypt but could not cross into Canaan, adding that the onus is now on the remaining leadership to ensure the dream is fulfilled. Addressing MDC-T who had gathered at Harvest House to bid farewell to their leader, Biti said this…

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Mudzuri hopes on Chigumba’s integrity

Mudzuri hopes on Chigumba’s integrity

By Daniel Chigundu MDC-T acting president Elias Mudzuri says he hopes the newly appointed Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (ZEC) chairperson Justice Priscilla Chigumba will do her job as enshrined in the constitution. Justice Chigumba was sworn in today to replace Rita Makarau who resigned late last year. She comes in at a time when ZEC is in the process of putting final touches to the biometric voter registration exercise which ends early this month and with less than 6 months before the all-important general elections. In an interview on the side-lines…

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Price controls, tinkering with the deck when the titanic is sinking

Price controls, tinkering with the deck when the titanic is sinking

By Jacob Mafume AN unrelenting inflationary environment has characterised our economy for over three months, the surge of prices has become one of the biggest challenges in the lives of Zimbabweans. Any attempt to mitigate the effects of the scourge or combat inflation must normally be applauded; ZANUPF however brings a new twist to the whole matrix. The ZANUPF politburo resolution on inflation is rather scary than it can be reason for celebration. In lightning speed fear takes the citizen back to 2007 when the effects of price controls almost…

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POST BUDGET SEMINAR: What Jacob Mudenda said

POST BUDGET SEMINAR: What Jacob Mudenda said

KEYNOTE ADDRESS BY THE SPEAKER OF THE NATIONAL ASSEMBLY HON. ADV. J. F. MUDENDA AT THE POST-BUDGET SEMINAR 8 JANUARY 2018 The President of the Senate, Hon E.G. Madzongwe; The Deputy Speaker of the National Assembly, Hon M. M. Chinomona; The Deputy President of the Senate, Hon C.C.C. Chimutengwende; Leader of the Opposition, Hon. Dr T. Khupe; The President of the National Council of Chiefs, Hon. Senator Chief F.Z. Charumbira; Honourable Chief Whips; Honourable Committee Chairpersons here present; Honourable Members of Parliament here present; The Acting Clerk of Parliament, Ms….

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