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GZU Zinasu victory under threat

...as
Zicosu, YardSC challenge election results
Courage Dutiro
The
Zimbabwe Congress of Students Union (Zicosu) and Youth Advocacy for Reform and
Development Students Congress (YardSC) have challenged the outcome of the
recent Great Zimbabwe University (GZU) Students Representative Council (SRC)
elections.
The
elections, held on May 09, were won by the Zimbabwe National Students Union
(Zinasu) but the other two rivals want the election results nullified.
In
the elections, Zinasu clinched seven strategic posts including the presidency
post and the secretary general’s post but Zicosu and YardSC claim the elections
were held under conditions that were not free, fair and transparent.
A
petition filed to the Electoral Supervisory Council (ESC) by candidates of the
aggrieved unions claims that Schedule ‘A’ section 1.2 of the constitution,
which calls for the use of modern voting methods to ensure transparency, was
not followed.
“It
is upon our view that the constitution was disregarded since the elections did
not safeguard transparent and tenets of democracy. All polling stations at city
campus ran out of ballot papers and also at Robert Mugabe School only few
students voted. At down town polling station 209, students casted their votes
as per the voters roll but 298 where found in ballot boxes,” reads part of the
petition.
The
petition also claims that the polls were marred by intimidation of voters and
agents at such polling stations as the Robert Mugabe School of Education.
The
aggrieved camps claim the ESC denied many students their right to vote due to
the shortage of material.
They
allege that ballot paper inspection was never done before elections and the
quantity and quality of the ballot papers were not known to the candidates.
The
ESC has disagreed claims that the polls were not done in good faith and were
contested under protest. It has, however, agreed that the loser have a genuine
case in their questions regarding the freeness and fairness of elections.
GZU
Vice Chancellor, Professor Rungano Zvabgo had not made a decision by the time
of writing but some students have warned against nullifications of the results.
“We
know that the leadership of the university supports Zicosu which is associated
with Zanu PF. Let them not dare nullify the results as they did in 2016 when
they lost because this time around, the university will be ungovernable,” said
one student.
Zvobgo
nullified the 2016 polls citing many irregularities but the move was criticised
by some as a ploy to rescue Zicosu which had suffered heavy losses.
At
national political level, Zinasu is aligned to opposition MDC politics.
                            Posts won by unions
in the just ended SRC elections
President….Ngadziore
Takudzwa                             Zinasu
Vice
president…. Tapiwa Takavarasha                    Kunyanya
Secretary
General….Chrispen Matose                         Zinasu
Treasurer……….Tapiwa
Mukumbi                           Kunyanya
Minister
of Information….Forward Chaibva                 Zinasu
Minister
of transport….Kudakwashe Muchini            
Zinasu
Minister
of Legal Affairs….Anesu Manyimo                 Zinasu 
Minister
of Academic Affairs….Wadzanai Nyakudya  
Ziansu
Minister
Social Welfare….Rosemary Rusere                 Zinasu
Minister
of Entertainment….
Zambuko
Luckson             Zicosu

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