MASVINGO – Retired Colonel Mutero Masanganise has described the Zanu PF elections to choose chairman for Masvingo Province that were slated for this weekend as a sham and vowed not to participate because they were not sanctioned by the Politburo.
Masanganise widely viewed as a G40 member in the Zanu PF facional wars because of the backing he is getting from the likes of Jappy Jaboon and Veronica Makonese is fighting against Ezra Chadzamira for the position.
Chadzamira is believed to be a Mnangagwa loyalist and therefore belongs to a faction referred to as Lacoste.
"I will not participate in elections that have not been sanctioned by the Polituburo and the dates that are being thrown around have not been approved as well. This is all meant to rig the elections and I will not be part of that, I will only take part after the Politiburo has given the green light," said Masanganise.
According to reports, the elections were supposed to be conducted this weekend but have been postponed because of the Easter holidays.
An election on February 24 2017 was not conclusive because some parts of the province were not accessible to conduct elections due to floods. In those elections Chadzamira had garnered 12 000 votes against Masanganise's 5 000 after 60% of the illegible voters had cast their ballot papers.
When contacted for a comment the returning officer Joram Gumbo referred questions to Ignatius Chombo who was not picking up his phone. Chombo is the secretary for administration.
Minister of State for Masvingo Province Shuvai Mahofa who is also a Politiburo members said elections will be held after the holidays without giving a date.
When contacted for a comment Chadzamira said he is ready for the elections anytime as he has the support of the people.