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MDC-T senator to sue Tsvangirai

by Staff Reporter
14 Oct 2014 at 05:34hrs | Views
A Tsvangirai led Movement for Democratic Change Senator, Matson Hlalo, is reportedly set to approach the courts seeking to overturn the MDC-T Bulawayo provincial elections in which he lost to the city's deputy mayor Gift Banda.

Hlalo told Southern Eye on Tuesday that he was seeking redress at the courts, because internal party processes challenging the election outcome could not afford him a fair hearing.

The MDC-T senator alleged that the elections that saw Banda winning by 707 votes against his 413, were marred by violence, vote-buying and reports of ballot-stuffing.

"That was not an election," he charged.

"It was a farce. The court is going to be a fair arbitrator in this whole thing. The application will be heard by an independent institution (court). I did not foresee the party giving me a fair hearing, hence I have decided to go to the courts."

Pumula legislator Albert Mhlanga, former MDC-T Bulawayo women's assembly chairperson Gladys Mathe and ex-deputy mayor Amen Mpofu have since quit MDC-T protesting what they saw as a rigged election process.

Hlalo accuses the elections' presiding officers of creating parallel structures, leading to the rigging of the polls.

He dismissed the results as a sham and vowed to challenge the outcome, before accusing MDC-T leader Morgan Tsvangirai of personally accrediting delegates to deliberately rig elections in favour of Banda.

However, MDC-T deputy organising secretary Abednico Bhebhe, who also faces charges of rigging polls, has dismissed party members' concerns saying the losing candidates were "sore losers".

Source - Southern Eye

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