The Sunday News
Sharon Munjenjema, Harare Bureau
ZANU-PF Harare province has expelled 11 members who filed papers with the Nomination Court on 14 June to participate as independent candidates.
The expelled members are Cdes Kudakwashe Chinamano, Maxwell Munondo, Elliot Piki, Marakia Bomani, Wilfred Masunda, Neville Mutsvangwa, Tafireyi Murambidzi, Thomas Gowero, Hasimon Shadaya and Knowledge Chawapiwa. Cde Zalerah Makari is also part of casualties.
In a statement released on Friday, Zanu-PF Harare province chairman Cde Godwills Masimirembwa said the expulsions have been done in terms of rules and regulations governing the conduct of primary elections in the party’s constitution.
“Zanu-PF Harare province is hereby making official pronouncements with regards to party members who decided to file nomination papers to contest in the 2018 harmonised elections as independent candidates, either for local authority or parliamentary elections,” read the statement.
“In terms of the rules and regulations governing the conduct of primary elections, of which all candidates were familiar with at the onset of the internal electoral process ‘any member of the party who stands as an independent candidate in any local authority shall stand automatically expelled from the party without any recourse to any procedure.’
“In this regard, the province is advising all its structures to disassociate from the activities of and cease forthwith any liaison with all independent candidates as all such individuals are no longer members of Zanu-PF.”
The party also warned expelled members to desist from using Zanu-PF logos or any party structures.
Cdes Chinamano and Bomani filed nomination papers to contest for parliamentary seats in Highfield East and Zengeza West constituencies, respectively, while Cde Makari is vying for Epworth. Further, Cdes Munondo and Piki are both running for Harare South constituency.
For Harare local authority elections, Cdes Masunda, Mutsvangwa and Chawapiwa filed nomination papers to contest in wards 14, 18 and 40 respectively. Cdes Murambidzi, Gowero and Shadaya are aspiring for wards 4, 5 and 6, respectively, in Epworth.
The decision to expel defiant members follows orders from the party leadership that all members should accept the final results from the party’s internal polls.