CONFUSION reigned supreme yesterday at Zifa with election candidates crying foul over allegations that vice-presidency contestant Elkanah Dube had by end of day not paid the election fees.
Sources who spoke to Southern Eye on condition of anonymity said Dube had been given up to after lunch yesterday to pay, but had not done so by 5pm.
“There was a problem with Elkanah’s payment.
“He was given up to 2pm today (yesterday) to pay his fees, but by 5pm he had not paid.
“The committee said they will decide on what to do tomorrow (today),” he said.
The source said Dube had paid $1 700 and was meant to pay the remaining $3 300 by yesterday afternoon.
“All the other candidates have paid their monies and it was only him who had not paid.
“We are still to find out what the committee will say about the issue,” he said.
Zifa electoral committee chairman Selo Nare confirmed that there was confusion with regards the payment, but said it was a misunderstanding between Zifa Bulawayo and Harare.
“He (Dube) paid on time in Bulawayo. There was miscommunication between Bulawayo and Harare.
“They were looking for his papers as he had paid through the bank,” he said.
“They had misplaced his papers. In all fairness we had given all the candidates up to 2 in the afternoon. He was not the only one who had not finished paying.”
The retired judge said the reason why most candidates had not paid was because of the case that was before the High Court.
Harare lawyer Saidi Sangula had applied to the High Court to stop the election is scheduled for Saturday.
“Most candidates were waiting for the High Court ruling. If the ruling had been released earlier with no delays we would have given them Monday as a deadline,” he said.
“All the candidates including Omega Sibanda, John Phiri, Fungai Chihuri and Tavengwa Hara have paid and everything is in order.”