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Zimbabwe Nomination Court Rejects Ousted Mutasa's By-Election Papers

FILE: Mutasa's rival, Oppah Muchinguri,is believed to be now in charge of Manicaland province.

Zimbabwe’s provincial nomination court sitting in Manicaland province in preparation for the forthcoming parliamentary by-election in Headlands constituency has rejected papers filed by former Zanu PF secretary for administration, Didymus Mutasa.

Regional elections officer, Moffat Masabeya told Mutasa’s election agent, Sabina Ranganai, that Mutasa’s nomination papers were not in order as Zanu PF he sought to represent in the by-election had not endorsed him for the poll set for June 10.

But Masabeya instead accepted nomination papers from Zanu PF’s Christopher Peter Chingosho, the national Constitutional Assembly’s David Mukunda and independent candidate Albert Mukaratirwa.

Mutasa’s election agent, Sabena Ranganai Chitema, refused to talk to the media referring question to Mutasa.

Chingosho said he was ready for the election, adding that his party would not use violence to win the election.

Mutare lawyer Passmore Nyakureba said the ruling by Magobeya was valued at law.

He said allowing anyone to represent any party without its backing was tantamount to creating anarchy and disorderliness in conducting proper elections.

The seat fell vacant after Mutasa was ousted from the party and parliament following clashes among members in the run-up to the Zanu PF congress last December.

Mutasa and her colleagues, who include former Vice President Joice Mujuru, former party spokesman Rugare Gumbo and several others were dumped amid claims by some Zanu PF top officials that they wanted to topple President Robert Mugabe, among other issues.

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