Chabuka distances himself from Biti’s party, turns down offer to stand as parliamentary candidate

Simon Chabuka told NewsDay that he was not interested in running as a parliamentary candidate for the Tendai Biti-led People’s Democratic Party (PDP). Chabuka was one of the 100 candidates who are expected to stand as candidates in 2018. He was earmarked for a parliamentary seat in Manicaland province.

Said Chabuka:

I was not at their meeting and I don’t agree with what is there. I didn’t know there was such a meeting to choose or orient prospective candidates. For the record, I have never attended any of their meetings and, in other words, I cannot be a delegate for a meeting I didn’t attend. I was surprised to see them publishing my name as one of them, yet they didn’t even consult me. The situation is so sad that they choose to include people on their programmes without any consultation. I have never shown any interest in joining them and I completely disassociate myself from their meetings and the list of candidates.

However, PDP spokesperson Jacob Mafume said that they were not referring to him but another Chabuka.

More: NewsDay

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Jacob MafumeManicaland ProvinceTendai Biti

Jacob Mafume is a Zimbabwean politician who is a member of the People's Democratic Party formerly the MDC Renewal Team party where he is the party spokesperson. Read More About Jacob Mafume

Manicaland is a province which covers largely the eastern highlands and the south eastern plateau of Zimbabwe. Manicaland is one of Zimbabwe's ten administrative provinces. Mutare is the capital of Manicaland province. Read More About Manicaland Province

Tendai Laxton Biti is a politician and currently one of the 3 Vice Presidents of the Movement for Democratic Change (MDC). He was elected the vice presidency in May 2019 at the MDC Congress. Biti is also one of Zimbabwe's most prominent lawyers. Biti is... Read More About Tendai Biti

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