OPPOSITION MDC-T legislator Jessie Majome has confirmed she will contest the forthcoming elections as an independent candidate after withdrawing from the party’s primaries citing process irregularities.
The Harare West MP revealed the decision during a press conference in the capital Monday afternoon after a meeting with the party’s national chairperson Morgan Komichi failed to secure the guarantees she required regarding primary elections in the constituency.
Majome said the MDC-T cannot demand that the government ensures elections expected in July are credible as well as free and fair while its internal processes are failling short of those benchmarks.
“It is on record that the party’s leadership feels that we cannot participate in an unfair election unless reforms are made,” she said.
“How then do I allow myself, and most importantly you Harare Westerners to participate in primary elections where my party is failing to promote the same fairness that we are advocating for at the national level?”
Asked whether she was not concerned that her decision would divide the MDC-T vote in the constituency for the benefit of the ruling Zanu PF party, Majome said her primary concern was the interests of her constituents.
She said she was not worried about being subjected to the backlash suffered by former deputy prime minister Thokozani Khupe after she decided to oppose Nelson Chamisa’s assumption of power following the death of party founder Morgan Tsvangirai.
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