At least one policeman was reportedly injured in a scuffle between Zimbabwe’s thousands of Zimbabwe African National Union – Patriotic Front (ZANU–PF) supporters and riot police during the ruling party’s primary election on Sunday.
The incident happened at the ruling ZANU–PF’s district HQ offices in Kwekwe following demonstrations against suspected corruption and bribery allegations against election presiding team led by one Rtd Col Dr Kahuni and party’ provincial vice chairperson, Robert Nyathi.
Several vehicles parked inside the district HQ yard were damaged during the disturbance.
The protests started after the Kwekwe Central Constituency structures rejected the use of ZEC’ voters roll in the poll. Several voters accused National Commissar, Victor Matemedanda, and the election presiding team of corruption after he ordered the use of 2018 elections voters roll which many say favoured Kandros Mugabe.
Mugabe, a church bishop, lost the party’s Kwekwe Central parliamentary election in 2018.
The 47-year-old is contesting against Energy Ncube, 26, popularly known as Dalla, for the parliamentary position left vacant following the death of Masango ‘Blackman’ Matambanadzo.
Party supporters demanded the use of cell registers only, while Rtd Col Kahuni and his presiding team refused to budge to the demands leading to the demonstration.
Police were said to have fired live rounds and threw tear-gas canisters at demonstrators before they were overpowered by angry party supporters.
Matemedanda directed the party leadership in Midlands Province to use the 2018 elections voters roll on September 30.
In a memo by one Dr Davison Gomo, the department of Commissariat said “We write to advise that party members wishing to vote or to be voted in the primary by-election should have their names appear in the 2018 Constituency voters roll.
“We are aware that the temptation to bus in people from outside the constituency is a high possibility and we are keen and committed to ensuring that the primary by-election reflects the will of the people”, read the memo.
Zanu PF provincial chairperson, Engineer Daniel Mckenzie Ncube admitted that the election could not take off after the party was forced to abandon the process due to a number of challenges chief among them the sharmbolic 2018 elections voters roll.
“I can confirm that we have called off the Kwekwe primary election until further notice.
“The election faced a lot of challenges and one of them was the use of 2018 elections voters roll. It came to our attention that a lot of party members who voted in 2018, were found not to be on the same voters roll. The same was with party cell registers and this forced us to cancel the election”, said Ncube.
Deposed Keita Returns To Mali After Medical Treatment In UAE
Former Malian President Ibrahim Keita has arrived in Bamako, the capital of Mali, from the United Arab Emirates after receiving medical assistance, local media reported on Thursday.
Keita might possibly go back again if health issues persist, media added.
Keita was flown to the UAE in early September after suffering a stroke.
Shortly before that, his government was toppled by a military uprising.
A Malian military source said that the ex-president received a permit from the new authorities to leave the country and seek medical assistance abroad.
“Keita has undergone medical examinations in the United Arab Emirates. Today one can say that he is doing well.
“But it is possible that he will return there for further checks,” L’Essor, a Bamako state-run newspaper, reported, citing a source with knowledge of the matter.
Keita was initially hospitalised in a private clinic in Bamako on Sept. 2. Prior to that, the ex-Malian president spent some time in custody of the military, who had seized the power in mid-August and forced him to resign.
The mutiny was preceded by months of mass protests against the former president, in particular, over his inability to curb the insurgency which has disrupted life in Mali’s North and other parts of the Sahel region since 2011.
The military came to power and established the National Committee for the Salvation of the People to carry out the sought-for changes and political reforms.
A transitional government was formed, led by former defence minister Bah N’Daou as president, while mutiny leader Assimi Goita was appointed the vice president and former foreign minister Moctar Ouane the new prime minister.
The transitional government will be in power for 18 months until new elections are held.
Zimbabwe’s Ruling Party, ZANU-PF, Postpones Annual Conference Indefinitely
The COVID-19 pandemic has forced the ruling Zimbabwe African National Union-Patriotic Front (ZANU-PF) party to postpone its annual conference indefinitely.
Party acting spokesperson, Patrick Chinamasa, was qouted by local media on Thursday as revealing this after the party’s Politburo meeting.
Chinamasa said that the conference, which has been scheduled for Bindura, Mashonaland Central Province, in December, would no longer go ahead as a precaution against COVID-19.
He said the conference had been postponed indefinitely to allow the government, the party and people to contain the pandemic.
The party holds annual conferences for four years ahead of an elective congress every fifth year, according to its constitution.
Chinamasa said the Politburo had received a report from the Conference Coordinating Committee on the state of preparedness of the party to hold the National People’s Conference but had decided not to go ahead with the conference for the time being.
“However, in line with COVID-19 Level II restrictions currently obtaining, the Politburo resolved that having done well to contain the COVID-19 disaster as compared to other countries, the party must not get carried away,” he said.
“In times of national emergencies such as COVID-19, the priority of the party should be to protect the lives of our people and the security of our nation,” said Chinamasa.
He said the Politburo deliberated on various options available on holding the conference with suggestions on either, holding it virtually or postponing it indefinitely and holding it when the situation normalised.
“After lively, honest and frank deliberations, the Politburo took the decision to postpone the Annual People’s Conference indefinitely, to allow the government, party and the people to contain the COVID-19 pandemic without undue disturbances,” he said.
The government has since banned the holding of elections to fill casual vacancies in Parliament and local authorities, citing the COVID-19 pandemic.
As at Oct. 21, the country recorded 8,215 confirmed COVID-19 cases and 236 related deaths.
Shooting of #EndSARS Protesters: I called President Buhari Twice, He Was Not Available – Sanwo-Olu
Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu of Lagos State, on Thursday, said he is yet to speak directly with President Muhammadu Buhari concerning the shooting of #EndSARS protesters at the Lekki Tollgate.
Nearly 48 hours after the shootings the President is yet to address Nigerians on the incident which led to no fewer than 12 people.
Sanwo-Olu in an interview on Thursday said he called Buhari twice on Wednesday, but he was at the Federal Executive Council (FEC) meeting.
He said he called the Nigerian leader to inform him of the killings of #ENDSARS protesters at Lekki Toll Gate, by the Nigerian Army on Tuesday but was told he was not available.
“I made calls to the President twice yesterday but was told he wasn’t in the office. The second time he was said to be at the FEC meeting; I haven’t spoken to him directly but I have reached the Chief of Staff to the President,” he said in an interview with Arise TV.
When asked to explain why CCTV at Lekki Toll Gate was removed before the dastardly act, he said: “The cameras removed were not security cameras, it is a laser camera for cars; it picks tags for cars and plate numbers; it is not a security camera; it is an infrared camera; security cameras are still available and that is what we are using for our own investigation.
“They did the removal because of curfew. As regards the light, LCC put off the light because of the curfew order issued by Lagos State Government. I have never spoken to the owner of the company ( Tinubu’s son), I am very certain their decision was purely a corporate decision.
“I will not stop to continue to apologize to Lagosians. Is it possible to make CCTV footage public; Sanwo-Olu agreed to make the phone call public.”
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