Last Minute Bid To Bar Chiyangwa From Contesting Elections

Acting provincial chairman Reuben Marumahoko wrote to national chairman Simon Khaya Moyo to stop Chiyangwa from campaigning and seeking political office.

Marumahoko is Hurungwe senator who was mandated to restructure party structures in the provinces that were in shambles but has been dumped by youths who accuse him of being ”stingy” financially.

‘Marumahoko thinks we do not want money…He is going to be just a card carrying member because his hands are too short for the pocket. We are not working and these politicians must learn to pay for service rendered” said a youth from Hurungwe who cannot be named for fear of victimisation.

The youths drawn from Kariba, Karoi and Hurungwe were on Monday deployed in Chegutu and Kadoma to prop up Chiyangwa’s bid for election that has brought division amid allegations of vote buying.

Marumahoko admitted that he is not happy about the weekend election set for Banket.

”Many people are not happy with these irregularities by some candidates seeking to be elected. Chiyangwa is still yet to be admitted to the party and should not have jumped the gun to campaign. We have notified the national chairman to deal with the issue” said Marumahoko in a telephone interview with Radio VOP.

Chiyangwa’s bid to contest the party post comes hardly a week after he was co-opted as secretary of indigenisation in Makonde district coordinating committee.

Chiyangwa is believed to have sponsored a notorious group of six since 2000 whose reign of terror targeted Movement if Democratic Change (MDC) supporters, dividing the party. Chiyangwa is said to be paying for accommodation and food for the youths.

Chiyangwa and national chairman Khaya-Moyo could not be reached for comment.

Chiyangwa turned his back on Zanu (PF) after he was arrested for espionage when he was accused of selling party secrets as he was provincial chairman from 2000.