ZAPU Gears For By-elections

Speaking to Radio VOP, Zapu director of Communications, Marketing and Publicity, Methuseli Moyo, disclosed that his party prays that none of the respondents appeal to the Supreme Court, thereby delaying or preventing the by-election.

“We believe a by-election in the three particular constituencies would be a perfect early Christmas present for our party. The people of Nkayi South, Lupane East and Bulilima East need permanent political home and solid leadership to overcome the problems of underdevelopment in their areas,” said Moyo.

He added that Zapu is ready to rescue the three constituencies from opportunists and political wonderers.

On Thursday, Bulawayo High Court Judge Nicholas Ndou ordered President Robert Mugabe and the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (ZEC) to announce within 14 days dates for the election in three vacant constituencies in Matabeleland. The three constituencies fell vacant after three members of Parliament were expelled from the house of assembly in 2009 by MDC led by Welshman Ncube for aligning themselves to MDC –T.

Abednico Bhebhe of Nkayi South, Njabulo Mguni of Lupane East and Norman Mpofu of Bulilima East made a High Court application last year seeking ZEC and Mugabe to call for a by-election in their former constituencies as soon as possible.

No by-elections have been held in Zimbabwe under GPA and there are 18 vacant seats in Parliament.