Speaker election postponed as Zanu PF struggles for candidate

\r\nHarare, – The election of a new Zimbabwe Speaker of Parliament was on Tuesday cancelled over reports that Zanu (PF) is confused about its choice of candidate.\r\n

Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai’s Movement for Democratic Change (MDC-T) party vowed its legislators will proceed to Parliament in spite of the cancellation by Clerk of Parliament Austin Zvoma.

Zanu (PF) insiders confided to Radio VOP on Tuesday that the former ruling party was in a quandary over the choice of a candidate to contest against former speaker Lovemore Moyo of the MDC-T.

The MDC-T described Zvoma as a Zanu (PF) functionary in a statement on Tuesday. The party was expected to address journalists at the Parliament building at 2pm.

“Zanu PF is scared of the vote for speaker because of factionalism and divisions in that party. The people’s Party of excellence, MDC is united, and ready to win the vote together with other progressive members of parliament across the political divide,” read the MDC statement.

Members of Parliament, Lucia Matibenga and Paurina Gwanyanya – Mpariwa who were out of the country on parliamentary business had to fly back for the vote. The MDC has the full set of its MPs except for Hon Costin Muguti, in police custody on what the party said are trumped up charges.