Mliswa hits out at Qhubani Moyo, you can’t be ZEC official and contest elections #ElectionsZW
By Fanuel Chadzera
Norton legislator Temba Mliswa has castigated Qhubani Moyo for wanting to contest in the 2023 elections arguing that it damages the standing of ZEC.
Moyo is a former Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (ZEC) Commissioner and is eyeing the Insiza North seat in the National Assembly for Zanu PF, if he wins the party’s primary elections.
However, the Norton legislator is of the view that people who have served in ZEC can’t come and contest in elections.
“This is very wrong and doesn’t offer good optics for the electoral system. It should be made law that once you are a ZEC commissioner then you can never contest in elections.
“It damages the standing of ZEC as we begin to doubt the impartiality of all those who are still there,” he said.
Mliswa added that the move by Moyo shows that ZEC commissioners are only using the commission to further their political ambitions.
“It clearly shows that some of these guys are only there furthering their political ambitions. You can see it with those 7 rogue Commissioners.
“They are political activists and should by now have stepped down or been removed. They are not fit for purpose,” he said.
Seven Commissioners are rogue, says Mliswa
The 7 commissioners being referred to by Honourable Mliswa are the commissioners who made headlines a few weeks ago when they disassociated themselves from the Delimitation Report produced by ZEC.
This has seen them being gaged by the chairperson Justice Priscilla Chigumba who indicated that only she, her deputy, and the chief elections officer are the only ones who can speak on behalf of the commission.
Zimbabwe is going to hold general elections between July and August this year.
The elections are critical in that they will mark the second and last term of President Emmerson Mnangagwa, who came into power through a military-assisted coup in November 2017.
These elections are also unique in that they are likely to put to rest the debate on who is the main opposition in Zimbabwe between MDC-T led by Douglas Mwonzora and the Citizens Coalition for Change led by Nelson Chamisa.
Chamisa already has one foot ahead of Mwonzora following successes attained during the March 2022 by-elections where he got 19 out of the 28 Parliamentary seats. #ElectionsZW
Mliswa hits out at Qhubani Moyo, you can’t be ZEC official and contest elections