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Mliswa chides MDC over anti-ED march

By Staff Reporter

INDEPENDENT legislator for Norton, Temba Mliswa has scolded the Nelson Chamisa led MDC-T for calling for a march to demand electoral reforms when the main opposition party was failing to run its own internal polls.

The MDC Alliance led by the MDC-T is calling on all its followers in Harare to attend the march Tuesday, which shall see party officials hand over petitions to President Emmerson Mnangagwa at his government offices and to the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission.

But Mliswa said in a twitter post on Monday that the Zanu PF rivals should start fixing matters in their own backyard than try to influence the running of national polls.

“Hope that the MDC March is a protest against the internal Primaries before they even consider national matters. They need to sort themselves out and channel their energies towards their own internal democracy, rigging & unfairness before turning towards ZEC & electoral reforms,” Mliswa said.

The MDC Alliance is adamant the July 30 election has been rigged by Zanu PF through manipulating polls systems which favour the ruling party.

Mliswa, once Zanu PF chair for Mashonaland West, is a strong ally of President Mnangagwa, although he remains an independent MP.

The MDC-T’s recent primaries were marred by allegations of favouratism towards certain party candidates with some disgruntled members threatening to vote for opponents in the general polls if primaries were not re-run in several constituencies.

Several party stalwarts, including Gift Chimanikire, James Maridadi, Sesel Zvidzai, Jameson Timba and others bit the dust in the primaries.

Gary Murambiwa
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