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Tongai Mnangagwa Disqualified from Zanu PF primaries …Residents Storm HQ in protest

By Tafadzwa Muranganwa
Scores of angry Harare South residents yesterday stormed the Zanu PF headquarters to register their complaints over the dropping of  the candidature of one Tongai Mnangagwa, who is claiming to be the President’s son in the impending ruling party primaries.
The residents who were waving placards denouncing the imposition of candidates vowed to sleep at the party’s headquarters if their grievances were not addressed.
Irene Chabhenda  , a resident of Harare South said the party’s elections commission should re-look at their decision and threatened to vote for the opposition in the coming polls if the decision is not made.
“We have come here to register our displeasure at how the party bigwigs are imposing candidates for us when we have already endeared ourselves to Tongai who is development-oriented and we are saying if the party fails to re-consider Tongai’s CV, residents are going to vote for the opposition in the forthcoming elections, ”fumed Chabhenda.
Another resident Nicholas Hamadziriyo, a Zanu PF youth member, said other candidates for Harare South were jealous of the development Tongas has brought so hence they are hiding behind nepotism.
“Tongai has done a lot for Harare South and now because most of these other people vying for the seat feel threatened so much that they have decided to talk of nepotism because they know he is a close relative of President Emmerson Mnangagwa,”  he said.
The Zanu PF commissariat is said to have discarded Tongai’s CV on the basis that he was not in Harare South district structures for 5 years as one condition required for one to enter into the party’s primary elections which the aspiring legislator who is widely known as the President’s nephew vehemently denies.
“It is a lie that I am not in the structures because I have been a member of Leopold Takawira district in Southlands. I have my paid up membership cards to prove it.”
On Friday last week ,another aspiring Harare South legislator Douglas Mahiya speaking at public meeting said it will be a constitutional violation and favouritism if Tongai is given a chance to contest in the ruling party’s primaries.

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