Elections

Mwonzora denies bid to stop by-elections

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By Staff Reporter

Douglas Mwonzora’s MDC-T has moved to deny sponsoring the court application to stop the holding of by-elections set for March 26 this year.

This follows the application filed by one Tapera Sengweni of Kuwadzana Harare, and three other citizens who argued the proclamation of by-elections by President Emmerson Mnangagwa was made way out of time as stipulated in the national constitution.

Sengweni further argued that the holding of a “mini general election” just a year before the country’s harmonised elections would be an unnecessary drain to the national fiscus given that the government is already struggling to pay basic wages for its workforce.

Cited as first and second respondents are Mnangagwa who proclaimed the by-elections and the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission by virtue of it being the arm of the state that administers elections.

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The application has however ignited wide speculation Mwonzora’s party was out to stop the process fearing possible losses in the polls.

But in a statement Thursday, MDC-T distanced itself from the plot.

“We wish to categorically state that we have not sponsored any of these four individuals and definitively state that we are not in any way involved in the aforementioned court case.

“It is not our intention to interfere with people seeking to assert their constitutional and legal rights,” party spokesperson Witness Dube said.

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The country is set to hold by-elections in 28 parliamentary constituencies and in 121 to fill up vacant council seats.

The seats were rendered vacant following recalls on MDC Alliance MPs and councillors who were viewed disloyal to the Mwonzora led faction following a party split over leadership differences.

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