By Never Kadungure
MUTARE – Veteran journalist Geoff Nyarota failed in his bid to become the MDC-T parliamentary candidate for Makoni South after the sitting MP Pishai Muchauraya powered to a convincing confirmation victory.
Muchauraya who was arrested by police on Friday following bizarre allegations that he threatened with death one Amos Kutiya, an election campaign manager for Nyarota, still secured 447 YES votes against 49 NO votes.
In Makoni Central former journalist Grace Kwinjeh won in the primary election for a constituency left orphaned after its MP John Nyamande died in a tragic car crash in November 2009.
After the weekend’s round of internal confirmations and primaries all the Manicaland sitting MP’s were confirmed, except for two MP’s, whose confirmation exercise was abandoned due to some electorate grievances.
Sitting MP’s who were confirmed to stand for re-election include:
Prosper Mutseyami (Musikavanhu), Pishai Muchauraya (Makoni South), Shuah Mudiwa (Mutare West), Sibonile Nyamudeza (Chipinge West) Tangwara Matimba (Buhera Central), Buhera South (Naison Nemadziva), Willard Chimbetete (Nanga South), Meki Makuyana (Chipinge South), Webber Chinyadza (Makoni West) and Innocent Gonese (Mutare Central).
The exercise was abandoned in Chikanga-Dangamvura, Mutare North, Mutasa South and Buhera West.
Those who won orphan constituencies include: the provincial chairman Julius Magarangoma (Buhera North) Isaac Sithole (Chimanimani East), Grace Kwinjeh (Makoni Central) and David Tekeshe (Headlands).
Sitting MP’s who were uncontested are Elton Mangoma (Makoni North), Matheo Mlambo (Chipinge East), David Chimhini (Mutasa North), Trevor Saruwaka (Mutasa Central), Lynette Karenyi-Kore (Chimanimani West) and Douglas Mwonzora (Nyanga North).
Chipinge Central elections are still to be conducted after all the structures in the district are fully constituted. This we are told will be followed by a structure verification exercise.
So far the exercise has been held in all provinces with a number of MPs not confirmed. They have a chance to redeem themselves in the primaries.
For each constituency there is a voters’ roll that was prepared by the party’s election directorate and the voters are using transparent boxes.
Under new party rules sitting legislators have to go through a confirmation exercise by their respective constituencies. Only legislators who fail to garner two-thirds support from their constituencies have to go for primary elections.
The official statistics of the process will be announced in due course.
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