Zanu (PF) winning candidate a convict—Mliswa

Former Zanu (PF) provincial chair for Mashonaland West, Temba Mliswa, has alleged that Keith Guzah who beat him in a by-election in Hurungwe West recently, failed to disclose to the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (ZEC) that he was a car theft convict.

Keith Guzah
Keith Guzah

Under the Electoral Act, candidates are supposed to declare their past convictions and failure to do so must lead to disqualification.

Mliswa, who held the Hurungwe West seat, ran as an independent after being fired from Zanu (PF) and lost narrowly to Guzah.

He is contesting the outcome of the pol and wants the results nullified.

ZEC chair, Rita Makarau, has already acknowledged that Guzah was not registered in the constituency as also required by the law.

In papers filed under case number EC05/15, Mliswa alleged that Guzah failed to disclose that he was once convicted for theft of a car.

Apparently, Guzah was convicted under an alias, Never Phiri.

Mliswa's lawyer, Dunira Hungwe, confirmed the claim against Guzah in court papers yesterday.

"We filed papers for the nullification of the Hurungwe West by-election results and besides the now common cause that Guzah fraudulently refrained from advising the Electoral Commission that he was once convicted under the name of Never Phiri," Hungwe said.

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