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"It’s Unbecoming" - ZANU PF Responds To Mudenda's Call For Diaspora Vote

The ruling ZANU PF has described the Speaker of the National Assembly, Jacob Mudenda‘s recent remarks on the diaspora vote as “unbecoming.”

Speaking at an all-stakeholder workshop organised by the Zimbabwe Election Support Network (ZESN) held in Kariba last weekend, Mudenda called for the amendment of the national constitution to allow diaspora vote. Mudenda said: 

Amendments to the Electoral Act should clearly specify the procedures and mechanisms for registration and voting for citizens in the diaspora… There is need to amend the Constitution to encapsulate the diaspora vote.

Mudenda also called for the appointment of a second vice-president much to the annoyance of his party.

ZANU PF spokesperson Christopher Mutsvangwa Wednesday said the Speaker was offside. He told reporters at a press conference:

It’s okay for Parliament, as the electorate of the sovereign people of Zimbabwe to express their certain views.

We also belong to a party and we have the majority. It’s unbecoming when some of our members express views in Parliament about certain issues. We have a caucus at the party. Why would somebody from the ruling party want to go and express things about the diaspora or express things about when the President should be electing a vice-president?

We should discuss them here. To go out and start talking out of turn is not the ZANU PF way. There is no problem in having variant views, but let’s discuss them if you are a party member. As the spokesperson of the party, I appeal for discipline from our party members.

The Electoral Act only guarantees government employees such as diplomats the right to vote from outside the country through postal votes.

2018 elections observer missions called on the government to facilitate postal voting for every Zimbabwean as guaranteed under section 67 of the Constitution, which guarantees every citizen above the age of 18 the right to vote.

But ZANU PF has opposed the diaspora vote, with analysts saying the ruling party is scared that millions of Zimbabweans in the diaspora will vote for the opposition.

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15 Comments

Jah🇿🇼Tsvarie-07 3 weeks ago

Yah 2023 basop...


Dirigsme 3 weeks ago

My suggestion to Zanu is since the US,the UK and EU placed sanctions on us & we cannot campaign in those countries let us allow only voters who are in Afrika ( including SA) and other non hostile countries. Vanhu vese vari kudiaspora kuSA they will vote Zanu. Saka tohwina. Maiweee diaspora vote we luv u.


Machiavelli 3 weeks ago

The ZANU way as Chris Mutsvangwa reminds us, is that individuals should not have their own opinions. They must always keep quiet until The Big Boss says something and then everyone joins the chorus.

In Kenya they call it Nyayo (Follow my footsteps)


Zimbabwe Vigil 3 weeks ago

Ehe we demonstrate about human rights in Zimbahwe but please understand its not in our interest for Chamisa to get into power.Tinovharirwa pazhe kuno tichinzi Zimbabwe is now safe.


Machiavelli 3 weeks ago

.... and the vast majority will voluntarily trek back

Diasporian 3 weeks ago

Hatisikudzokako isu. Kamisa wenyu anotivharira mikana ye asylum and permits.We want Zanu PF to win elections so that our permits and asylum papers will not be rejected.


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dispenser 3 weeks ago

there's nothing sinister about diaspora vote.It only become a problem to Zanu knowingly that those in diaspora are there not willingly but because of Zanu


Blue 🔵 3 weeks ago

Mudenda is saying the naked truth but at the wrong time. We dont accept it. We are surviving on propaganda that what we are drilled at Hebert Chitepo School of Ideology


Chawabvunza 3 weeks ago

Cracks are now showing in the ruling party. Two weeks ago it was the party's Vice President, Kembo Mohadi who said ZANU PF was loosing sleep over CCC Party. This week it was the speaker of Parliament, Jacob Mudenda's turn. He said Zimbabwe must allow diasporans to vote. Blabbermouth Christopher Mutsvangwa, ZANU PF Spokesperson, said Mudenda was offside. He said he should have used party structures and not his parliamentary platform. These are cracks and are coming from Matabeleland Provinces. They want their 1987 share of a Vice President as agreed in the Peace Agreement.

NYIKA INOURAIWA NE MBAVHA DZAYO.

NGAAPINDE HAKE CHAMISA [NHC].

[ VOTE CCC FOR REAL CHANGE ].


Blue 💙 3 weeks ago

WE AS ZANU-PF KNOW THE TRUTH, BUT ANY TRUTH THAT EXPOSES AND WEAKENS OUR THRONE IS UNACCEPTABLE. WE ARE NOT CONCERNED ABOUT ANYONE BUT REMAINING AT HELM ETERNALLY


Asalif 3 weeks ago

😂😂😂😂😂 defeat accepted you're not going anywhere with your primitive minded people's party , the liberation struggle you always talk of , was is fought for people to be more poor??

Zvazvanga zvingori 3 weeks ago

Gore rino ZANU muchabayana pahukama,zvakaimbwa naJah Prayzah.Majaira.PaHeroes pachaunganwa big time.Serious ZANU PF is now tired of ZANU PF


Lil is 3 weeks ago

This clearly shows that zanu pf is tired of zanu pf


Chamhamha 3 weeks ago

Kkkkkk true

Zanu pf youth 3 weeks ago

anti-Mudenda march loading...



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