Mwonzora’s MDC-T Pushes For Indefinite Postponement Of By-elections

The Douglas Mwonzora-led MDC-T party has started pushing Parliament to ensure that pending by-elections are suspended indefinitely, claiming that the COVID-19 pandemic has made it impossible to hold free and fair elections. It has emerged that MDC-T leaders introduced the proposal to delay the elections in Parliament’s peace and security thematic committee last week following a presentation by the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (ZEC). MDC-T chairperson Morgen Komichi confirmed to The Standard the Parliament process and defended the move, saying the coronavirus has made the playing field uneven and prevailing conditions are advantageous…

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Mnangagwa fears US will use Covid-19 vaccines to topple him

The Zimbabwean government has accused the United States of trying to use COVID-19 vaccines to meddle in its internal political affairs. A senior government official recently claimed that Washington gave the country’s main opposition party, the MDC Alliance led by Nelson Chamisa, half a million doses of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine. President Emmerson Mnangagwa’s government has so far refused to consider the approval of western manufactured COVID-19 vaccines, preferring those from China, Russia and India. Harare accuses countries such as the US of funding the opposition MDC Alliance to…

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MDC name is ours, no one else: Mwonzora

AN INTERNECINE fight is brewing over the use of the name MDC ahead of the 2023 general elections, with MDC-T leader Douglas Mwonzora saying their party was the only legitimate owner and rights holder to the name first used in 1999. Speaking during a question and answer session on HSTV, an Alpha Media online radio and television platform, Mwonzora said his party was the only legitimate holder of the name MDC. “I know only one legitimate holder of that name and that is the MDC-T, it is also the legitimate…

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‘No vaccination, no by-elections’

ZIMBABWE will only hold by-elections if the country vaccinates about 10 million people, representing 60% of the population required to reach herd immunity, Justice minister Ziyambi Ziyambi has said. In October last year, government through Vice-President and Health Minister Constantino Chiwenga ordered the suspension of by-elections citing COVID-19 fears. The by-elections were necessitated by the recall of MDC Alliance MPs by the Douglas Mwonzora-led MDC-T and deaths of some MPs, which left about 26 seats vacant, according to the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (Zec). Contributing to parliamentary debate on the Zec…

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“I Can Afford A Rolls Royce And More”, Machakarika Responds To “Twitter Clout Chasers”

Deputy Minister of Youth, Sport, Art and Recreation Tinoda Machakarika, also known as Tinomudaishe Machakaire, has responded to media reports claiming he recently bought a Rolls Royce Phantom worth £330 000. In a post on his Facebook page, Machakarika said he felt constrained to set the record straight after the issue was widely discussed on social media platforms, particularly Twitter. The Wedza South MP challenged Zimbabweans with a huge social media following to use their presence on the platforms for the greater good instead of gossiping.  News  Flash is publishing…

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ZANU PF: No Plans To Ban Women’s Trousers And Mini-skirts

ZANU PF national spokesperson Simon Khaya Moyo has distanced the ruling party from messages circulating on social media platforms claiming that the party intends to ban women and girls from wearing mini-skirts and trousers in public places. News Flash is publishing Khaya Moyo’s statement issued late Sunday afternoon, below: The Revolutionary Party, ZANU-PF distances itself from circulating fake news saying the Party is lobbying or mooting for the disbandment of mini-skirts and trousers for women. The fake news whose origins has been traced to an NGO allied to the opposition…

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“Airbags Saved My Life”, Chinamasa Speaks From Hospital

ZANU PF acting political commissar Patrick Chinamasa says he is recovering well at a private hospital in Harare after he was involved in an accident on Saturday night. Chinamasa’s car crashed into a truck that was carrying scrap metal around 6:45 pm at the 12-kilometre peg after Rusape, before the tollgate. READ MORE: Chinamasa Hospitalised After He Was Involved In An Accident Speaking to The Herald from his hospital bed on Monday, Chinamasa said he is feeling much better and could be discharged soon. He said: The doctor is monitoring my situation…

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“ZEC Ready To Run By-elections”

The Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (ZEC) says it is ready to run by-elections, but was waiting for a go-ahead from President Emmerson Mnangagwa. ZEC commissioner responsible for media liaison Qhubani Moyo on Sunday told NewsDay that they have kept some electoral activities open and are waiting for the lifting of the suspension on elections imposed by the government because of the COVID-19 pandemic. Said Moyo: There are no developments in that area (holding of by-elections) as we wait for the lifting of the embargo that has been enforced due to the public health…

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‘Zim stares at another disputed poll in 2023’

The country has clocked more than 90 days without filling the vacant seats, which Maanda says has deprived Zimbabweans of representation in Parliament and councils.  Maanda, a prominent lawyer, speaks to NewsDay (ND) senior reporter Moses Matenga about the political environment before the 2023 elections and whether the elections are feasible under the current circumstances. ND: Zimbabwe suspended by-elections in 2020, but countries such as Ethiopia proceeded to hold elections despite the COVID-19. What is ERC’s position on the suspension of poll? TM: The regulations that suspend by-elections are invalid because…

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Mnangagwa Keeps Mwonzora Waiting

President Emmerson Mnangagwa is yet to respond to MDC-T leader Douglas Mwonzora’s proposals for dialogue, a month after he delivered his petition at State House. Mwonzora met Mnangagwa and Vice President Constantino Chiwenga at State House on 11 June where he submitted a four-page document to the Head of State and one of the alleged proposals was to postpone by-elections. Soon after the meeting, Mwonzora told The Standard that he was given assurance that his request would be prioritised. He claimed Mnangagwa had promised to respond within two weeks, but his spokesperson…

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