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Matson Hlalo faction takes a lead over the Gorden Moyo led faction

by Staff reporter
28 May 2013 at 02:11hrs | Views
Political temperatures in the MDC-T continued to rise during the party's primary elections this weekend, the Chronicle reported.

In Bulawayo, the primary elections have turned out to be a contest between the factions led by provincial chairman Mr Gorden Moyo and Mzilikazi Senator, Mr Matson Hlalo.

Bulawayo's MDC-T primaries confirmed six sitting MPs as candidates for the party in the parliamentary elections while three others, Ms Dorcas Sibanda (Bulawayo Central), Mr Felix Mafa Magalela Sibanda (Magwegwe) and Samuel Sandla Khumalo (Mpopoma-Pelandaba) could not be confirmed.

Party insiders yesterday said the Hlalo faction had taken a lead as most of their members were set to contest the harmonised elections.

These are Thamsanqa Mahlangu (Nkulumane), Thabitha Khumalo (Bulawayo East) and Prince Dube from Entumbane-Emakhandeni constituency, who beat a candidate from the Moyo faction, former journalist, Reverend Useni Sibanda. Mr Khumalo and Mr Magalela Sibanda are also from the Hlalo faction while Ms Sibanda belongs to the Moyo group.

Mr Moyo was nominated to contest Makokoba constituency, replacing Ms Thokozani Khupe, the party's deputy president, who would not contest.

Mr Moyo and Mr Mhlanga were the only two candidates who were confirmed from the other faction.

The rejected MPs failed to garner a two-thirds majority vote in their constituencies and would have to square off with aspiring candidates in primary elections.

Others who were confirmed are, Mr Eddie Cross (Bulawayo South), Dr Samuel Sipepa Nkomo (Lobengula) and Mr Reggie Moyo, who reportedly do not belong to any of the factions.

Bulawayo has 12 constituencies.

Primary elections were held in Nketa and Emakhandeni constituencies to replace the late MPs, Seiso Moyo and Cornelius Dube.

In Pumula and Luveve constituencies party supporters have since appealed to the national leadership not to recognise the results of the confirmation exercise.

In Pumula constituency, party supporters said the verification process was marred by massive vote buying and intimidation.

Provincial party spokesperson Mr Mandlenkosi Sibanda said the verification exercise had been completed.

He dismissed allegations that rigging took place during the process.

Source - chronicle