Theresa Makone says she fears no challenge in re-election bid

Theresa Makone

By Tichaona Sibanda
23 January 2013

Theresa Makone, the influential MDC-T women’s assembly chairperson, has said ‘anyone from any party, including independents’ is free to challenge her in the upcoming parliamentary elections.

Using her Facebook social networking site, the co-Home Affairs Minister dismissed media reports that she was in trouble because the former MDC-T deputy mayor for Harare, Emmanuel Chiroto, would be challenging her in the party primaries.

Chiroto was dismissed from the party last year on allegations of corruption and will not contest the election on an MDC-T ticket. Recent media reports have erroneously suggested Makone faces a stiff challenge to retain her Harare North seat from Chiroto.

‘I have been receiving questions about who is and who is not challenging me in the forthcoming elections in Harare North Constituency. This follows an article in yesterday’s (Tuesday) press in the ‘independent’ media that Emmanuel Chiroto is challenging me, and therefore I am in trouble.

‘I am worried about journalism that rushes to print without doing its research, for scribes have a duty to inform the public accurately. The gentleman in question is not a member of my party, so what is the beef? Asked Makone on her Facebook site.

She added; ‘Anyone from any party, including independents are free to challenge me. Those within the party who feel I have not served the party well within the constituency are also free to throw their names in the hat.’

‘I am very happy to be challenged at any time by anyone in and outside the party at the forthcoming plebiscite, so there is no need to make news out of it. I just need everyone to know that a person who does not want to be challenged cannot be a member of the MDC, because it was for that very reason that the party was formed,’ she added.

Analysts believe that Makone’s ‘come and challenge me’ mantra puts to rest assumptions that the party leadership is trying to protect the bigwigs and sidelining young turks. This was after the party announced stringent selection criteria for its aspiring council and parliamentary candidates, a move the party said was aimed at weeding out corrupt elements and guarding against infiltration.

Nelson Chamisa, the party’s national organizing secretary told SW Radio Africa that they’re extremely excited and gratified at the ‘rich menu’ of candidates who have shown interest to represent them in the primaries.

The party late last year invited applications for prospective candidates for the 2013 harmonized general elections and has received hundreds of application from across the globe.

‘We are attracting the best of the best, the crème de la crème from among our communities and society. But it’s premature now to give statistics of where the applications are coming from.

‘The major focus is the constituencies they want to represent. After the deadline for applications on the 30th January, we will then begin the internal process of validating the applications and this includes scrutinizing and vetting the CVs and the applications,’ Chamisa said.

7 Responsesto “Theresa Makone says she fears no challenge in re-election bid”

  1. wilbert_mukori says:

    “Kukangamwa chezuro nehope!” – They go to sleep and forget yesterday’s troubles!

    In 2008 hundreds of thousands of Zimbabweans, mostly MDC supporters, were beaten and/or raped and over 500 were murdered in the orgy of political
    violence. For the last five years Prime Minister Tsvangirai and his MDC
    Ministers and MPs single most important task should have been implementing the agreed democratic reforms to ensure the next elections are free and fair and
    the orgy of violence of 2008 is never repeated ever again.

    Sadly the PM and his MDC friends took off their eyes from the critical task in hand. Not even one reform has been implemented. They had the snouts in the feeding trough and enjoying the good life on offered on the gravy train.

    The seating MDC leaders are completely focused on retaining their seats on the gravy train whilst thousands new faces are equally focused on unseating them. They are both ignoring the dark clouds of the orgy of violence threatening the whole nation.

    The political violence can still be avoided, even now at this the eleventh hour, by Zimbabweans rejecting the Copac constitution in the upcoming referendum. PM Tsvangirai and his MDC friends are not going to listen to reason on this matter; their minds are totally focused on securing a seat on the gravy train regardless the high price in life and limb to povo or in lost opportunity in good governance!

    • Yepec says:

      Once again, you are off the subject matter of the article, “Theressa Makone fears no challenge in re-election bid”. Like a true Wilbert campaigning for the NO votes in the coming Referendum, she does not talk about the whole re-election bid. She only writes about the Party primary and that the said gentleman is no longer in the Party, more importantly, she ignores the fact that she is not working for her constituent but for Zanu PF and Robert Mugabe. In this article, she is not fooling anybody but herself neither are you.

      • wilbert_mukori says:

        When you know the opposition is playing with the loaded dice the first thing to get the dice replace. Only an idiot would play until that is done, especially when there is so much at stake – life and limb, good governance, etc.

        Mangwana has let the cat out of the bag; do you still think there was any “strategic thinking” by Tsvangirai and MDC in all this shoddy business? Not even you Yepec can deny this was a sellout! I told you all along that you are thick. EQD!

        • Yepec says:

          Are you asking the Zimbabwean electorate to vote NO in the Referendum? These are the people, you do not trust of telling your strategy for getting to democracy because you think that they are ignorant? So the discussion that has been carried out here in regards to the Copac Draft, is not for the benefit of Zimbabweans but yours – a self-serving matter on your part. Like Theresa Makone, you are not fooling anybody but yourself Wilbert. You are the one who is like an “idiot playing with a loaded dice”. In as much as Theresa will fail in her re-election bid, so will you in the Referendum.

          • wilbert_mukori says:

            I agree Zimbabweans are largely ignorant because there is no free media and freedom of expression. Whom is to blame for that; Tsvangirai and MDC of course. These idiots promised the nation democratic change and one of the reforms they failed to deliver in their five years in the GNU was media reform.

            The people are ignorant but, as I said, they are not stupid. The truth about Mugabe “dictating the Copac draft” shows Tsvangirai and MDC for the blundering and incompetent idiots they really are and many Zimbabweans see that. You can go on wittering about MDC “strategic thinking”; the fact still remains that in writing Copac MDC gave in to all Mugabe’s demands.

            There is no strategic reason in voting YES to a constitution there to serve the dictatorship and denying one all’s most cherished rights and freedom! Yepec, I have said you are thick but even a thick brick like you must now see such simple truth!

  2. wilbert_mukori says:

    Mangwana said: “As Zanu (PF) we got our way regarding the constitution making. ‘Mudhara’ (Mugabe) warned us against compromising on the
    most important aspects of the constitution.”

    Well there is a surprise!

    Well the single most important aspect Mugabe won in all this shoddy business is how the tyrant returned his party’s ability to overwhelm the whole nation with violence. The party had its militia, the total control of the Police, Army and CIO and, the icing on the cake, the money from its secretive diamond mining operations was pouring in.

    Not even in his wildest dreams would Mugabe back in 2008 have believed he would get away with not even implementing one reform and a constitution that has everything Zanu PF wanted.

    Mangwana has let the cat out of the bag, he has confirmed something we have all known all along but some would not admit; Tsvangirai and MDC sold the nation’s hopes and dreams cheaply to Mugabe and Zanu PF.

  3. Anonymous says:

    I support you Theresa Makoni. You have showed your wisdom and courage to all the people of Zimbabwe. Anyone is free to stand , challenge,support ,fight for any seat or any candidate in the democratic MDC(T). So let us move forward and see the real truth.

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