Mnangagwa proclaims dates for by-elections

Zimbabwe is set to hold a by-election on 9 December 2023 following the recall of 15 Citizens Coalition for Change (CCC) Members of Parliament, nine senators and 17 councillors. 

Following the recalls, President Emmerson Mnangagwa has since proclaimed the dates for the by-election under Statutory Instrument 188 of 2023. 

The nomination court is set to sit at the Tredgold Magistrates Court (Court 5), Rotten Row Magistrates Court in Harare, Lupane Magistrates Court, and Gwanda Magistrates Court on November 7, 2023, commencing at 10 o’clock in the morning. 

When can a by-election be held? 

According to section 158 (3) of the Constitution, polling in by-elections to Parliament and Local authorities must take place within ninety days after the vacancies occurred unless the vacancies occur within nine months before a general election is due to be held, in which event vacancies may remain unfilled until the general election 

Who are the recalled CCC MPs 

Constituency  Name 
Bulawayo South  Nicola Jane Watson  
Cowdray Park Pashor Raphael Sibanda 
Lobengula-Magwegwe Ereck Gono 
Mpopoma-Mzilikazi Desmond Makaza 
Nketa Obert Manduna 
Beitbridge West Morgan Ncube  
Binga North Prince Dubeko Sibanda 
Lupane East Bright Moyo Vanya 
Mabvuku Tafara Febion Munyaradzi Kufahakutizwi 
PR Sithabile Mlilo 
PR Jasmine Toffa 
PR Evidence Zana 
PR Nomathemba Sibanda 
PR Velisiwe Nkomo 

The Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (ZEC) has also announced that the vacant local government seats will be contested on 9 December with the nomination court also seating on 7 November, 2023.

The nomination court for the local authority by-election will be held at Bulawayo Municipality (The office of Town Clerk), Masvingo Municipality (The office of Town Clerk), Tongogara RDC ( The office of the chief executive officer), Zibagwe RDC (the office of the chief executive officer) and Zvishavane Town Council (The offices of the Secretary Zvishavane Town Council). 

Local Authority recalled councillors 

Local Authority/ Ward Name 
Bulawayo Municipality Sarah Cronje 
Bulawayo Municipality Tabeth Mhizha 
Bulawayo Municipality Dorcas Sibanda 
Bulawayo Municipality Zibusiso Tshongwe 
Bulawayo Municipality 1 Sithole Shepherd 
Bulawayo Municipality 6 Nkosinathi Hove-Mpofu 
Bulawayo Municipality 9 Donaldson Mabutho 
Bulawayo Municipality 18 Takunda Felix Madzana 
Bulawayo Municipality 20 Simbarashe Dube 
Bulawayo Municipality 21 Tinevimbo Maphosa 
Bulawayo Municipality 22 Mmeli Thobeka Moyo 
Bulawayo Municipality 24 Anorld Batirai 
Masvingo Municipality 2 Yeukai Shantiel Chiwara 

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