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June 28, 2013

Hurungwe MDC-T MP rebel

By Nhau Mangirazi Chinhoyi- Tall Severino Chambati rebelled from Movement for Democratic Change led by Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai here on Friday when he successfully submitted his nomination papers as an independent House of Assembly member. Chambati’s chief election agent Allan Tivapasi submitted the papers around mid morning but was quick to say they are not rebelling against Tsvangirai. “We will campaign for councillors, Chambati as an independent and President Tsvangirai, said Tivapasi. He claimed Wilson Makanyaire’s winning results were manipulated as he “never got 3200 votes at all”. Tivapasi claimed Makanyaire had abused his party position to impose two unelected council candidates, “We are against the primary elections that were manipulated by provincial organising secretary Makanyaire who tampered with the electoral college in Wards 25 and bussed people from Magunje constituency. The national election directorate did not assist us”. Tivapasi alleged that there were no elections in ward 25 which is Chambati strong hold. The Weekly Mirror saw the receipt that Chambati paid $10 to Zimbabwe Election Commission. He confirmed that he will stand as an independent where he will face Makanyaire and Zanu PF’s Temba Mliswa. Makanyaire could not be reached for comment at the time of writing. Some sources revealed that Kariba MP was also planning to stand as an independent where he was defeated by one Mandishona in a seven men race during primaries. He will face former MP Isaac Mackenzie. In Magunje constituency MDC-T candidate Ralph Magunje will face disgruntled former party member Tonderai Kusemamuriwo while Zanu PF will be represented by Godfrey Gandawa who trounced MP Franko Ndambakuwa by over 2000 votes.

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May 27, 2012

MDC-T officials at MP’s throat

Filed under: News — Nhaudzenyu @ 1:39 pm
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By Staff Reporter
HURUNGWE- Divisions are looming within Movement for Democratic Change led by Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai amid allegations that some faction members are pushing for election in Hurungwe West in a move aimed at dislodging Member of Parliament Salvinos Tall Chambati.
Party sources claimed the latest move had party organizing secretary Wilson Makanyaire and Tawanda Bvumo who had to abandon an election at Zvipani business centre after supporters demonstrated against the move claiming top leadership wanted to impose candidates.
The Weekly Mirror exclusively revealed in April that Mashonaland West province has three factions with one being led by Wilson Makanyaire, the other by party chairman Japhet Karemba with South African based Greenwich Ndanga and Chalton Hwende leading the third force.
However both Makanyaire and Hwende have denied the allegation saying there are no factions in the province and are solidly behind Karemba’s leadership.
According to latest revelations by party insiders, Makanyaire and Bvumo went to Zvipani in Hurungwe two weeks ago for ‘’re run’’ for the chairman and secretary positions in a move calculated at removing Chambati who was elected as chairman within the district.
Although the move was rejected by the rural folk who demonstrated against it saying the top leadership was trying to impose candidates, the pair are believed to be back at the ‘’drawing board’’ for another election date.
‘’We were surprised that Makanyaire came here to conduct election for chairman and secretary positions yet they endorsed the results that Chambati was elected without any problems. Should we spend the whole year running around for elections and re-runs for two positions as if we can not plan ahead for any other strategies on how to retain the constituency ahead of possible elections?’’ said a villager at Zvipani business centre but refused to be named due to the warring camps in the party.
Another youth member revealed that the two are pushing for the rerun so that Makanyaire will be accommodated at lower position as it will be easier to campaign as a party candidate.
Party sources revealed that Makanyaire is among those eyeing Chambati’s position in Hurungwe West.
‘’We know that every move is aimed at removing Chambati but our main worry is do these people have anything to offer besides dislodging him and give away the constituency to Zanu PF?, queried a youth member.
Chambati admitted that there were tensions at Zvipani over the elections that were postponed after party members rejected the move.
‘’Some party members are not happy but I will wait for the province to decide on this election whether it is valid or not’’ said Chambati.
Makanyaire confirmed that he attended the elections that were to be presided by Bvumo but postponed after some members were busied in from other areas.
He said, ‘’I attended the occasion as I am responsible for organize party structures but they could not go ahead as some members were not within the party structures and we called off the elections. There was tension and we could go ahead ’’
Makanyaire denied that he leading another faction saying, ‘’we are a truly harmonized provincial executive but there is division of labour and some take it as factionalism, Karemba is our leader. These are all lies’’
Bvumo’s mobile went on unanswered when wanted to have his comment at the time of writing.
MDC-T managed to wrestle Zanu PF of one rural constituency in Hurungwe during the 2008 March elections

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