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5 Zimbabweans to Contest Chirumanzu Parliamentary By-election

  • Taurai Shava

FILE - Zimbabwean women react as they wait to casts their votes at a polling station in Domboshava, about 45 km (28 miles) north of Harare, July 31, 2013.

Five candidates have filed papers to contest by-elections in the Chirumanzu-Zibagwe constituency left vacant after Emmerson Mnangagwa was elevated recently to the post of Zimbabwe’s vice president.

Provincial elections officer for the Midlands province Dorcas Mpofu on Thursday declared March 27th as the date for the bye-election after the five candidates successfully filed their nomination papers at the close of the Nomination Court which sat in Gweru.

They include Zanu PF candidate Auxillia Mnangagwa, who is wife of Vice President Emmerson Mnangagwa, the National Constitutional Assembly party's Munashe Mutodza and Transform Zimbabwe's Abigail Rumbidzai Musambasi.

Gadzamoyo Dehwa of the unheralded Good People's Movement party and Chawaona Wilbroad Kanoti are the other candidates.

All the Movement for Democratic Change formations are boycotting the by-election in protest against what they say is a shambolic voters' roll, among other issues.