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Mixed reactions to Jessie Majome's withdrawal

By Pretty Chavango
The withdrawal by Honourable Jessie Majome from the MDC-T Harare West primary elections has been met with mixed reactions, with some members from her constituency suggesting that her work and representation in Parliament cannot be replaced while others feel two terms are enough and that she should pave way for young blood.
Honourable Majome announced her withdrawal from the primary elections Friday night citing undisclosed irregularities and an uneven playing field which is tilted towards her competitors in the race for Harare West.
The withdrawal if not reversed will mark the end of a prosperous 10 years of service which saw her getting a ministerial post during the time of the inclusive government and also being part of the historic COPAC team which helped draft the new constitution.

MDC T Member of Parliament for Harare West Constituency, Jessie Majome says she is pulling out of the MDC Primary Elections.

Posted by Open Parly ZW on Friday, 11 May 2018

Writing on her Facebook page which has served as her virtual office since the disbanding of the Constituency Information Centres a few years ago, Majome said the decision to step down has been necessitated by the manipulation of party electoral guidelines.
“My re-election into Parliament in 2013 signalled Harare Westerners’ confidence in me to represent their will and voice. As we come to the close of this 8th Parliament, I have been seeking to continue representing people of Harare West under the MDC Alliance banner.
“However, there are several of factors, which I have highlighted to my party, that have constituted a manipulation of party guidelines towards a fair outcome in the impending primary elections. This has been to such an extent that the will and voice of Harare Westerners’ whom I am a part of will be lost in the political processes at play.
“In light of these, I have withdrawn my candidature for the MDC Alliance ticket for Harare West,” said Majome.
The country’s political sphere has shifted since the ‘soft coup’ of November 2017 and death of MDC-T founding president Morgan Tsvangirai, culminating in the renewed call for younger blood to take office.
The calls for the younger generation to take over grew louder following the “taking over” of reigns at Morgan Tsvangirai House by the youthful Nelson Chamisa under what has been termed generational consensus and it was further promoted by Bulawayo South legislator Honourable Eddie Cross who announced that he was paving way for younger candidates.
Majome’s withdrawal from the Harare West race is likely to pave way for the youthful former student activist Joan Mamombe who is regarded to be an ally of Nelson Chamisa and was touted give competition to the incumbent.
However, the decision by the lawyer-cum-politician from the race has drawn varying views on social media from both Zimbabweans who are inside Harare West and those outside the constituency.
Below are some of the facebook comments reaction to the withdrawal:
Clifford Cliff:  why now.all these people have no people at heart.look at the timing
Sinyoro Mhanza:  Majome is one of MDC MPs l admire most ,if its possible the party must give her another post we cant afford to lose her ,she must stay within the tanks
Zimden Manchester:  Competition health for our democracy dont chicken out fight for people to vote u
Simba Muzi:  How did she come to say the rules won’t favour the residents of Harare westerners.
Leslie Tafadzwa Lee:  Kuda kunotanga yake party uko kkkkkkk or wananzviswa
Zakeyo Luhanga:  Why coming on media why not go address ur issue kutsvangira house politician in zimbabwe they dont want to be challeged the moment election comes they feel the heat. but they a given time to deliver during their term in office nyika yasvika pairi
Melo WekwaMataz:  One of the best MPs from MDC. Its sad you wont be contesting Jessie
Tee C Gee:  Chamisa has to do the right thing.He must protect the vanguard.
Con Masuku:  She is being pushed out
Emmerson Tadzimirwa Kufa:  So u couldn’t resolve yr differences amicably
Mike Mbamba:  Maybe she need to give others chance to be in the race, two terms is good, try the upper house
Artpatrick Marire:  Remember there have to share seats with other MDC ALLIANCE members. So don’t be angry mama. Apinda wacho as long ari member ye alliance ngatimuvhotere
Abrams Abhibhi Munyangiri : As a true MDC cader i feel Jessie still has a lot to offer to the MDC alliance and we need to serious look into how best she can serve the party
Langton Damani Nhendere:  All good enda ku party yezvima mbuya vari kutora vanhu vakaita kunge imi. Motonopiwa chigaro mufunge. Kana maibata mabasa akanaka anongo kuteverai chero kwamanzi muende kuno miri rira bato.
Calvin Chingarande:  If I got her correctly she didn’t say she was leaving the party , just withdrawing her candidature which in fact is what the party is advocating for , where there is consensus amongst contestants better if others drop out and we avoid the divisive primaries
Fredrick Mnikwa Ncube:  No matter how good she was its tym for others to show what they have. That’s democracy.
Andrew Mteera:  She has been benefiting from Tsvangirai benevolence all along and now there’s a challenger mavara azarevhu kutya kudyiwa sema jigs nemwana anga ajaira kuimpozwa woenda kupaliament mozviita makapenga tibvirei apo
Ladyj Jenny:  Why did she has to record it though she could have handed over her notice quietly if she really has the party interest at heart….why r u going public?
Joe Captain Marere:  I can see we have adopted the Zanu pf kind of politics, Jessie has withdrawn from contesting for Harare West, she didn’t resign from the party but here she is now being attacked. What’s the meaning of democracy we claim to be fighting for?
Obert Matsika: Hnr Majome has been a true cadre to opposition mandates in and out of parliament. She is true heroin in our struggle and mistaking her fair withdrawal from unfair primaries is not fair at all.
Obert Matsika:  Hnr Majome has been a true cadre to opposition mandates in and out of parliament. She is true heroin in our struggle and mistaking her fair withdrawal from unfair primaries is not fair at all.
Alfred Chademana:  We are behind you honourable
Gora T. Prosper:  She must give others a chance. Period! You the same people who condemned Mugabe for refusing to leave office yet you displaying similar tendencies. Give Joana a chance. New blood!
Kudzai Mandizha:  If there is to be a democracy, i believe if one has served 2terms holding public office you should leave room for others to contest. Indeed Honourable you feel you have more to offer but support is not always done in front of the battle lines. Rather show your political maturity and support the candidate running now. We want political maturity and the cause is bigger than us all.
Lorraine Chitsike:  3 strikes now against the MDC Alliance when it comes to the way women are being treated. Jessie I hope you contest for a seat in Senate. Don’t give up. Fight! fight! fight! These are the pros and cons of democracy.
Busani Moyo:  Khupe was called a dissident and hure, Jessie Majome the vanguard don’t want her well I guess Priscilla Misihairabwi was right
Barnabas Chiposi:  Having a kinda press conference is not good for the party which she knows, this is a silent way of discrediting the MDC alliance, which m sure is a work of trying to cause disharmony in the party by the same pple who ate working with madam Khupe.
There was no need of press conference, it’s an in house issue period.
Barnabas Chiposi:  Women ate now used as a weapon to destroy MDC , yet it’s an abuse they don’t see being done to them by those who fear Chamisa camp and using them to destroy the legacy left by Morgan R Tsvangson.
 
 

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