By Staff Reporter
OPPOSITION Citizens Coalition for Change successfully filed nomination papers for their candidates to participate in the upcoming by-elections despite the party registering double representatives in some constituencies in Matabeleland.
The by-elections, which are a result of recalls by one Sengezo Tshabangu, are set to take place on December 9.
Tshabangu who appointed himself ‘interim’ secretary general recalled over 20 CCC officially elected members from National Assembly, senate and council.
As the close of the nomination Court in Harare, CCC’s Munyaradzi Kufahakutizwi and Zanu PF’s Scott Sakupwanya were duly nominated to contest for the Mabvuku-Tafara parliamentary seat.
Nomination Court Updates: Opposition Citizens Coalition for Change aspiring Mabvuku-Tafara candidate Kufa Hakutizwi has arrived at the Harare Magistrate Court to submit his nomination papers. pic.twitter.com/xHaFubTjAe
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In Matabeleland however, there were some constituencies with double candidates owing to Tshabangu’s interference, according to reports by CITE.
Former MDC member Kucaca Phulu who represented Tshabangu said there was an apparent case of double candidates after he filed nomination papers for CCC candidates.
Initially, CCC candidates were cleared by Sthabile Mlilo who was the signatory under party leader Nelson Chamisa
“It is apparent there are double candidates who have filed under CCC. This indicates there are fissures within CCC and fissures are an opportunity for people to reach out to each other, engage and iron out whatever it is causing those rifts,” said Phulu.
He added that: “an organisation should have internal mechanisms to handle internal shocks and once it is able to do it is matured.”
Mlilo also confirmed that CCC had successfully filed their nomination papers.
“We have successfully filed our nomination papers for five of our candidates,” said Mlilo.
She said the five candidates were for Cowdray Park, Magwegwe, Mpopoma, Bulawayo South and Nketa.
The successful candidates to contest in the December 9 #ByElection
Raj Modi Zanu PF
James Sithole CCC
Nicola Jane Watson CCC
Arthur Mujeyi Zanu PF
Pashor Raphael Sibanda CCC
Vusumuzi Chirwa CCC
Menziwa Dube Zanu PF
Eric Gono CCC
Tendai Nyathi CCC
Kamamba Dzingai Zanu PF
Desmond Makaza CCC
Blessings Sibanda DOP
Charles Moyo CCC
Pardon Tapfumaneyi Independent
Albert Mavhunga Zanu PF
Obert Manduna CCC
Luckmore Gwetu DOP
Ambrose Sibindi CCC
In Lupane at the close of Nomination Court the following candidates were declared duly nominated
Prince Dubeko Sibanda CCC
Judith Sibanda: CCC
Chineka Muchimba ZANU PF
David Nyathi CCC
Bright Vanya Moyo CCC
Phathisiwe Machangu ZANU PF