By Mutsa Makuvaza
FIRED Zanu-PF legislator Killer Zivhu has sided with MDC Alliance leader Nelson Chamisa that the US$18 million that Government is set to spend on by-elections in the remaining two months of the year 2002 must be put to good use such as fixing the country’s dilapidated health care system.
The Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (ZEC) this week announced, through its chairperson Justice Priscilla Chigumba, that all vacant local government and parliamentary seats will be filled in by 5th December. She added that the by-elections will gobble not less than US$18 million of public funds.
Chamisa recently said spending so much on by-elections was an insult to the suffering people of Zimbabwe, but did not proffer an alternative to ensure the seats are filled.
Zivhu, who was fired from Zanu-PF this year for calling on President Emmerson Mnangagwa to sit down and talk to Chamisa, has praised the MDC Alliance leader for showing “good reasoning”.
“Hands up to Chamisa for good reasoning. The US$18 million for by-elections madini kuishandisa zvinemusoro muzvipatara uye our roads angova makomba chete?
“Just have a by-election in Chivi South chete. Zvavana Madam Khuphe mozoita nyika yanaka; vanhu vari kutambura chaiko,” the former Chivi South legislator wrote on Twitter.
The majority of the seats to be filled fell vacant following the recall of dozens of legislators by the opposition MDC-T led by Thokozani Khupe, who was handed control of the party by the Supreme Court in March this year.
The Zanu PF Politburo in July expelled Zivhu following a recommendation by the party’s National Disciplinary Committee (NDC).
Zivhu’s home province of Masvingo recommended his expulsion after he used social media to push for a meeting between First Lady Auxillia Mnangagwa and MDC-Alliance leader Nelson Chamisa’s wife Sithokozile.
He did this as part of his initiatives to push for dialogue between President Mnangagwa and Chamisa.
Zivhu was accused of breaking party protocol and was only recommended for expulsion after he ignored several warnings. – Zimbabwe Voice