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Zanu PF dishes out fertilizer ahead of by-elections – NewsDay


ZANU PF’s Mutare province on Thursday launched campaigns for the March by-elections, dishing out fertilizers to prospective voters.

In Manicaland, there are two vacant seats in the National Assembly in Dangamvura/Chikanga and Mutasa South constituencies.

The province has seven vacant seats in the Mutare council.

Addressing scores of Zanu supporters in ward on Thursday, Mutare district co-ordinating committee (DCC) chairperson Binali Yard confirmed that the ruling party had kick-started its by-election campaigns.

“We are launching our by-elections campaign today (Thursday) without candidates. We are waiting for the party leadership to guide us on the subject of candidates,” Yard said.

“We are giving you fertilizers. Put it to good use.”

Zanu PF has been accused of vote-buying in the past. Food-for-votes has been cited as the party’s favourite strategy during the electioneering period. NewsDay is reliably informed that the province has already endorsed some candidates to represent the party.

Sources in Mutare said central committee member Esau Mupfumi was endorsed by the provincial leadership to represent the party in the Dangamvura/Chikanga constituency.

Mupfumi is the area’s former MP.

The seat fell vacant after MDC Alliance MP Prosper Mutseyami was recalled from Parliament last year by  MDC-T leader Douglas Mwonzora.

In Mutasa South constituency, Zanu PF will be represented by Misheck Mugadza.

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CVR Staff To Work On Weekends: Ministry of Transport – New

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THE Ministry of Transport and Infrastructural development has announced that the Central Vehicle Registry (CVR) will be open during the weekend to clear vehicle number plate blockage as the police crackdown on unregistered vehicles continues.

The Central Vehicle Registry will be operating over the weekend like any other normal weekday to assist motorists who had already applied to get their number plates.

“The Ministry of Transport and Infrastructural Development wishes to advise the motoring public that CVR will be working over the weekends for issuance of number plates to motorists who had already submitted their applications at CVR in order to clear the current blockage,” the Ministry said.

The new applicants have since been advised by the minister of Transport and Infrastructural Development Felix Mhona to use the Zimpost and ZIMRA offices countrywide to decongest the CVR offices.

“For new applicants motorists are advised to use our agencies that is Zimpost and ZIMRA countrywide,’’ the Ministry of Transport and Infrastructural Development announced.

The Zimbabwe Republic Police have announced the cumulative arrest now stands at 9 377 of the ongoing blitz where the police are targeting unlicensed, uninsured and unregistered motor vehicles.

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Act on infrastructure vandalism – NewsDay

ZIMBABWE’S long-awaited economic recovery will not only depend on the provision of funding by banks and other lenders.

Catalysts to recovery will take many forms, including the provision of sound and modern infrastructure.

Seamless telecommunications network, reliable power production, good roads and water infrastructure will be crucial facets of the recovery that Zimbabwe is yearning for so that it catches up with the rest of the world.

For now, billions of dollars have been spent on revamping the power sector, and by the end of this year, power provision is expected to improve.

The country has experienced how power cuts can derail progress, as reports have indicated that firms have been losing millions yearly buying diesel-powered generators to avoid mothballing their operations.

But of late, the sharp rise in the vandalism of mobile telecoms infrastructure has been a cause for concern.

So serious has been the decimation of mostly private telecoms infrastructure that one big player has kicked-off a campaign to stop the scourge.

Research has revealed that 1% increase in public services translates into 1% growth of the economy.

This is no small achievement.

While the economy has seen an aggressive expansion of telecoms services in the past decade, this growth is under threat from vandalism.

Private players could end up withdrawing because they cannot continue pumping capital into a market that does not respect their assets.

Yesterday, Econet Wireless warned that its operations have been hard hit by rolling power cuts and extensive vandalism of its infrastructure.

The firm said because of the vandalism, financial resources which would have been used for other projects were being diverted towards continuously importing replacements.

“This has put additional pressure on business to import spare parts using scarce foreign currency so that they respond quickly to service outages,” Econet said.

Such reports have also been made by other network providers such as TelOne, the landline telecoms provider.

This rapid destruction of infrastructure requires government to put its act together.

Higher levels of policing to protect public and private infrastructure are now imperative because the scourge will not stop until the perpetrators are brought to book.

Stiffer penalties are now required to address this problem, which is also being experienced in heavy infrastructure like the railway system.

When cases of stocktheft reached alarming levels about a decade ago, the government responded by enacting stiffer mandatory jail terms.

Today, the problem still exists, but at a much lower scale than previously.

Power utility Zesa Holdings is also on record saying it requires US$6 million this year to replace stolen equipment.

We, therefore, urge government and the legislative arm of the State to move quickly to stop the rot.

Otherwise, all the efforts that Zimbabwe is making to rebuild the economy would come to naught without good infrastructure.

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Slow start to Zanu PF primaries – NewsDay

ZANU PF’s primary elections to select candidates for the March 26 by-elections got off to a slow start yesterday, with ballot papers delivered late amid fears of vote-rigging.

There were reports of violence in other polling centres as party members questioned why their names were not on the voters’ roll.

The results are expected from today.

The ruling party recently held chaotic provincial elections that were characterised by violence, and reports of vote rigging.

In Mutare, Zanu PF supporters clashed in ward 18 yesterday as rival camps denounced each other. Esau Mupfumi and Clyde Jani are vying for the Dangamvura/Chikanga parliamentary seat.

In ward 9, there were allegations of vote-buying by some councillors, who are vying for the seat, with most voters being sent away as their names were missing on the voters’ roll.

“These elections are not free and fair. All my family members’ names were missing, but I voted. The voters’ roll was full of dead people,” one party member said on condition of anonymity.

But Zanu PF Mutare district co-ordinating committee chairperson Binali Yard yesterday dismissed allegations of voters’ names missing on the roll.

There is also a vacant seat in Mutasa South constituency.

In Chinhoyi, pockets of violence were also witnessed at voting centre such as Chinhoyi Primary School and Hunyani Hall as candidates could not agree on the voters’ roll.

In Karoi, voting for the ward 4 council seat kicked off at 9am, but one of the candidates, a Mr Matadi, claimed his name was missing on the voters’ roll.

In Marondera East constituency, there was a huge turnout at polling stations. A total of eight candidates, among them former top police officer Jeremiah Chiwetu, were contesting in the primary election.

The seat fell vacant following the death of Zanu PF’s Patrick Chidhakwa last year.

There are over 100 vacant parliamentary and council seats following the recall of MDC Alliance legislators.

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