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Zanu-PF bans election winning candidates

by Methusi Ncube
20 May 2019 at 22:26hrs | Views
The ruling Zanu-PF has banned youthful candidates who won provincial restructuring elections in Bulawayo over the weekend from contesting in fresh polls slated for next weekend on 25 and 26 May.

Disgruntled sources within the party told that the candidates received letters barring them from future elections.

The restructuring exercise was meant to democratically rebuild the party structures in a bid to find a way to overcome the MDC that has been trouncing Zanu-PF in elections since the year 2000.

The only results that were allowed to stand were Rejoice Ndlovu winning the chairperson of the Women's League poll, Cephas Ncube and Garikayi Zonde being elected chairpersons of the Main Wing and Youth League respectively.

All other results were nullified by the party after, according to some Zanu-PF insiders, youths beat the party's preferred older candidates.

"We were given letters barring us from contesting in the fresh elections that may take place next weekend. I think the Zanu-PF old guard is losing the script here because they are subverting the democratic will of cadres who voted for us over the weekend. They are repeating the same mistakes that have been causing us to lose to the MDC for nearly 20 years in both Bulawayo and Harare, Imposing candidates will never work," said a disqualified youth.

Youths in the province insisted that the results were voided because youths resoundingly beat older preferred candidates.

"Suddenly the party is telling the world that the results of the weekend poll were nullified because unsavoury characters who did not qualify for posts they were winning, prevailed. They said people who were known for extorting money from businesspeople in Bulawayo were winning," said a dissatisfied party member.

"If this is true, what does it say about Zanu-PF? It means the party is made up of criminals and structures in the province prefer to be led by low-lifes. It means there is so much disorder in the party that the leaders failed to vet candidates for this important exercise and let the so called criminals and uneducated people run for elections."

"The truth is that the old people in Zanu-PF who have run out of ideas are afraid of the growing popularity of the young people. Most of them have been holding positions since Independence and have run out of energy or ideas to move the party forward. Despite what they have done here now, no one will stop the wave of leadership renewal that is sweeping through the party."

Zanu-PF Director in the Commissariat George Nare on Sunday told the media elections were moved to next Saturday after it was realised that the calibre of party members that were being nominated into leadership positions was below the party's expectations and standards.

"We had advised party members to avoid electing people with criminal records but surprisingly those people were being elected but it's totally unacceptable. Dubious characters known for extorting money from people in the name of the party and putting it into disrepute were being nominated. It would be irresponsible of us to allow such to happen in the party," said Nare.

Source - Byo24News