The ruling party, Zanu PF has approached the High Court on an urgent basis seeking to an order to stop Murehwa South Constituency independent candidate, Noah Mangondo, from using its regalia depicting Mnangagwa’s face, for his campaigning purposes.
The urgent chamber application, which is yet to be set down for hearing, was filed by Zanu PF on July 3.
In his founding affidavit, Zanu PF’s secretary for legal affairs, Paul Mangwana said there are fears that if Mangodo is not interdicted from using the party’s regalia, his actions will eventually cause confusion to the electorate.
“This application seeks a final interdict on the respondent (Mangondo) to desist from printing campaign materials which carry the face of the applicant’s (Zanu PF) presidential candidate for 2018 harmonised elections E.D Mnangagwa and which carry the applicant’s presidential candidate’s campaign slogan for its presidential candidate #ED HAS MY VOTE,” Mangwana said.
“If the respondent is not interdicted from these actions, he will mislead the electorate into believing that he is still a member of the applicant and he is also associated with its presidential candidate thus obtaining votes that he does not deserve,” he said adding Zanu PF will stands to suffer irreparable harm in that it will lose its electorate in the constituency to Mangondo.
Zanu PF also said it has approached the court on an urgent basis after realising that Mangondo had distributed his campaigning materials which contained offensive captions.
“The applicant has acted with urgency once it noted that the respondent, in his campaigning materials distributed in the weekend of June 30 and July 1, 2018, contained those offensive captions,” Mangwana said.
The party said initially Mangondo was one of its aspiring Member of Parliament (MP) for Murehwa South Constituency after submitting his curriculum vitae for considerations to contest in the primary elections.
On April 20, 2018, Zanu PF’s national elections commission made a decision to disqualify Mangondo from participating in the applicant’s primary elections since he did not meet the criteria to contest.
The party said soon after the primary elections, it gathered information to the effect that some members who had either been disqualified from contesting in the primary elections or those who had lost had elected to stand as independent candidates in the 2018 harmonised elections.
In light of that, Zanu PF’s secretary for administration, Obert Mpofu, on June 8, 2018 forewarned disgruntled members that should they stand as independent candidates, they risked being automatically expelled.
Despite the warning, Mangondo is sad to have elected to stand as an independent candidate for Murehwa South Constituency having submitted his candidature with the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (Zec) on June 14, 2018.