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‘Zim elections dividing people’

                                            Thomas Mbetu
Anymore Magawa

Masvingo
United Residents and Ratepayers Association (MURRA) board chairperson Thomas
Mbetu has said the country’s winner-takes-all electoral system was
retrogressive, calling for a new system that accommodates election losers.
Speaking
during an inter-generational dialogue meeting organised by Youth Forum and TellZim
News at Charles Austin Theatre recently, Mbetu said the current system was
serving no purpose except dividing people and stunting development.
“We
should change the electoral system because it is dividing people. The
winner-takes-all-system means that the winner will have control over everything
and will ignore those who lost regardless of their numbers.
“This
creates polarisation as the losers will resort to opposing for the sake of it due
to the feeling of alienation. This means the people will remain divided and
bitterly opposed,” said Mbetu.
He
said it was critical that those who lose elections are not shunted out of the
system as they might have something positive to contribute.
Zanu
PF Ward 10 councillor, Sengerai Manyanga claimed his party valued political
dialogue, saying President Emmerson Mnangagwa had acknowledged that by creating
a platform of engagement with those who lost the 2018 presidential poll.
“We
should have dialogue all the time despite our political differences. This is
the reason why President Emmerson Mnangagwa called for dialogue with losing
presidential candidates,” said Manyanga.
He
praised the dialogue meeting for creating a chance for people to interface,
saying as a councillor, he was eager to take advantage of such arrangements to
report back to the people.
“As
long as I am in council, I will fight hard to expose corruption. We recently
exposed another corruption scandal and I want to thank TellZim News for the
work they are doing in exposing corruption,” said Manyanga
He
was referring to recent news stories on how council management failed to
surface a short strip of road despite having received over US$40 000 payment
for the road from Nyaradzo Funeral Services company over three years ago.

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