Lupane Villagers Demand By-election

The Lupane North parliamentary seat fell vacant last year when the former member of parliament for the area, Njabuliso Mguni along side two other members of parliament were sacked from the Arthur Mutambara MDC party for allegedly denouncing the party’s leadership and holding unsanctioned political meetings. 

The other two sacked MPs were Abhedenico Bhebhe (Khayi South) and Norman Mpofu (Bulila North). A lawyer representing the villagers, Charles Ncube of Ncube and Nzirayapenga legal partners, told Radio VOP that they filed the application in the High Court last week.

“We have been instructed by our clients to file the application to compel the 1st respondent to organise and fix dates for a by-election in Lupane North. Our clients have been unfairly denied representation in the house of assembly for a long time. Some of the decisions which have been made in the August house have directly or indirectly affected our clients,’ said Ncube.

ZEC has 30 working days to respond to the application.

The three sacked former MPs have already indicated their dire need to contest the by elections as independent candidates. They have already launched their campaigns in the constituencies. 

Under the GPA, Zanu (PF) and the two Movement for Democratic Change factions, who are signatories to the agreement, are not supposed to contest each other in by elections.