Zim: Senior opposition MDC officials cry foul over 'chaotic' primary elections - report

Zimbabwean opposition Movement for Democratic Change's primary elections have reportedly caused an uproar after some of the party's bigwigs, including the deputy president Elias Mudzuri, were said to be on the verge of losing their parliamentary seats.

According to the state-owned Herald newspaper, most of the MDC-T senior leaders had lost in the ongoing primary elections, which were "marred by violence and vote rigging".

The report said that Mudzuri was furious "over the decision to subject him to primary elections in Warren Park constituency pitting him against 'little- known political novices'".

"As vice president I cannot be seen being challenged by junior people unless the idea is to reduce me into a political midget. Besides, some of these people do not fit into the election template that we have set as a party. You cannot have a whole vice president going into a ward and subjected to primaries with junior members. I am in the presidium and been acting president. Nowhere in the world do you see that happening. It is a joke, I hope someone is not playing political games meant to reduce me into a midget," Mudzuri was quoted as saying.

According to the privately-owned Standard newspaper, MDC-T Harare chairperson Eric Murai said that things were not looking good for most of the sitting party lawmakers.

"Most of the sitting MPs did not make it and fell by the wayside. The remaining are under siege and things are not looking well for them," Murai was quoted as saying.

* Sign up to News24's top Africa news in your inbox: SUBSCRIBE TO THE HELLO AFRICA NEWSLETTER

FOLLOW News24 Africa on Twitter and Facebook

We live in a world where facts and fiction get blurred
In times of uncertainty you need journalism you can trust. For 14 free days, you can have access to a world of in-depth analyses, investigative journalism, top opinions and a range of features. Journalism strengthens democracy. Invest in the future today. Thereafter you will be billed R75 per month. You can cancel anytime and if you cancel within 14 days you won't be billed. 
Subscribe to News24
Voting Booth
A Section 89 panel headed by former chief justice Sandile Ngcobo found President Cyril Ramaphosa has an impeachable case to answer on the Phala Phala scandal.
Please select an option Oops! Something went wrong, please try again later.
Results
Ramaphosa should do the honourable thing and immediately resign.
23% - 1743 votes
Ramaphosa should follow due process and submit himself to an impeachment hearing.
30% - 2291 votes
Ramaphosa should fight the findings in court and keep his job at all costs
48% - 3687 votes
Vote
Rand - Dollar
17.42
+0.2%
Rand - Pound
21.25
+0.2%
Rand - Euro
18.28
+0.2%
Rand - Aus dollar
11.73
-0.3%
Rand - Yen
0.13
+0.3%
Gold
1,774.77
+0.3%
Silver
22.41
+0.7%
Palladium
1,887.13
+0.5%
Platinum
1,005.00
+0.5%
Brent Crude
82.68
-3.5%
Top 40
68,543
0.0%
All Share
74,693
0.0%
Resource 10
74,781
0.0%
Industrial 25
91,501
0.0%
Financial 15
15,595
0.0%
All JSE data delayed by at least 15 minutes Iress logo
Editorial feedback and complaints

Contact the public editor with feedback for our journalists, complaints, queries or suggestions about articles on News24.

LEARN MORE