Farirai Machivenyika Senior Reporter
President Mnangagwa has set September 7 as the day for National Assembly by-elections in Mangwe, Matabeleland South and Glen View South in Harare that fell vacant following the deaths of Cde Obedingwa Mguni of Zanu-PF and MDC-Alliance’s Vimbai Tsvangirai Java, respectively.
The proclamations were published in yesterday’s Government Gazette.
The President made the proclamations in accordance with Section 39 (2) of the Electoral Act. “The Speaker of Parliament notified me on 24th June, 2019 in writing of a vacancy which has arisen by reason of the death of Honourable Obedingwa Mguni on 1 8th June, 2019 who was elected member of the National Assembly for Mangwe Constituency.
“Now therefore, under and by virtue of the powers vested in the President as aforesaid, I do, by this proclamation (a) order a new election for the constituency of Mangwe (b) fix Friday the 26th July 2019, as the date on which the nomination court shall sit, commencing at 10 o’clock in the morning at Magistrates’ Court, Fifth Avenue Gwanda for the purpose of receiving nomination of candidates for election as a member of the National Assembly constituency for Mangwe and (c) fix Saturday the 7th of September 2019, as the day on which a poll shall be taken if a poll becomes necessary in terms of Section 46 (17) (c) of the Electoral Act,” the said in the proclamation.
For Glen View South, the nomination court will sit at Magistrates Court at Rotten Row on July 26 at 10am. Cde Mguni collapsed at Parliament and was pronounced dead at West End hospital following diabetes-related complications. Mrs Tsvangirai Java died from injuries she sustained in an accident just outside Kwekwe in May on her way from Bulawayo.