Wednesday, 25 May 2016


THE Zanu PF Mashonaland Central province is reportedly plotting to impose Provincial Affairs minister Martin Dinha to stand as a candidate in the July 23 by-elections to replace the late Mazowe North MP Edgar Chidavaenzi.

“There is a push that Dinha stands as the candidate, which in turn will create room for the party’s provincial chairman Dickson Mafios to be appointed to any government post as a non-elected MP. The initial move is to have Mafios take over as Provincial Affairs minister and any other deputy ministerial slot, since Dinha was appointed as a non-elected minister and once elected, it will create room for Mafios to come on board,” a party insider said.

Sources said the campaign was being spearheaded by Zanu PF political commissar and the leader of the party in the province, Saviour Kasukuwere.

The party is supposed to hold primary polls on Thursday ahead of the nomination court, which sits in Bindura on Friday.

Contacted for comment yesterday, Kasukuwere denied the allegations he wanted to impose Dinha, as the party candidate.

“I don’t interfere with provincial issues, talk to Cde Mafios or anyone from his executive,” he said.

Dinha refused to comment on the matter. Mafios said he was in a meeting and could not take questions.

At law, if Dinha is voted into Parliament as an MP, he automatically loses his ministerial seat and he will have wait for another appointment by President Robert Mugabe, as they would have been changed circumstances to his appointment. newsday


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