Zanu-PF disqualifies “mutoriro” kingpin, saves blushes of ICT Minister

By Senior Reporter

An aspiring candidate in Chipinge South, Manicaland province, has been barred from representing Zanu-PF in the forthcoming elections despite winning against incumbent, Innocent Porusingazi, following Monday’s Politburo meeting that saved the blushes of a couple of heavyweights that had fallen by the wayside.

Dambudzo Robert was accused of being a kingpin of illegal alcoholic brews.

“It is in this context that in Chipinge South, Dambudzo Robert was disqualified and the reason is he allegedly owns a factory at his home and it is one of the biggest brewers of tumbwa, mutoriro (illicit ales),” party spokesman Chris Mutsvangwa said. 

He reasoned: “You will recall that recently, the Politburo had a long discussion on illegal drugs, this is a menace that the country is facing, this candidate was alleged to be involved in drugs and we are saying we will not accept a person who has a nefarious means of making a living.”

Jenfan Muswere, a known close ally of President Mnangagwa who is widely rumored to have assisted Mnangagwa flee the country in November 2017, was another beneficiary as the rival who cleaned him out during the primaries was disqualified in Makoni West, allegedly for not having the right paperwork.

In Mutare South, Godfrey Harawa was diqualified for rigging through ballot tampering.

There will be reruns in Harare’s Churu and Mbare constituencies, where elections were affected by violence.

Overall, the elections, which occurred a fortnight ago, captured the country’s attention because of high turnout the participation of some young hopefuls, some of whom caused major upsets.

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