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By Lebo Nkatazo

FORMER Home Affairs Minister and Zipra supremo, Dumiso Dabengwa, has been left out in the cold after President Robert Mugabe ommited him from the six Senators he is entitled to appoint.

Dabengwa who slipped into political wilderness after losing in the 2000 parliamentary elections had pinned his hopes of bouncing back into mainstream politics through the Senate, running in weekend senate elections in Nkulumane but lost.

His position as the chairman of the Zambezi Water Project did not give him any political clout mainly because of its legacy of failure.

Zanu PF has 59 members in the 66-member senate which was created by controversial new legislation.

Mugabe appointed Zanu PF's deputy secretary for finance, Kantibal Patel, fellow party members Joshua Malinga, Tazvitya Mapfumo, businessman Aguy Georgias and Peter Haritotis as Senators.

Samuel Mumbengegwi was appointed Minister for Indeginasation, replacing the late Josiah Tungamirai.

Sithembiso Nyoni also bounced back as the Small Medium Enterprises Minister after being appointed a non-constituency MP.

On Monday, Zanu PF announced that Edna Madzongwe would be the President of the Senate. She would be deputised by another old horse, Naison Ndlovu.

In last weekend’s polls, the MDC’s Rita Ndlovu defeated Dabengwa in the Bulawayo – Nkulumane constituency.

In the 2000 general elections, the MDC vice president Gibson Sibanda also defeated Dabengwa in Nkulumane, prompting the former Home Affairs Minister to say even if the MDC had fielded a donkey, it would still have won.
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