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By-election for Bikita East Ward 31

                                               Zex Pudurai
Moses Ziyambi

BIKITA – There will soon be a by-election for the Bikita Rural
District Council (RDC) Ward 31 to fill the council seat left vacant following
the death of Zanu PF Councillor Patrick Marozhe on April 15 this year.
The nomination court sits at
Bikita RDC boardroom tomorrow, May 31, with a number of parties including Zanu
PF and MDC expected to participate.
Zimbabwe Election Commission
(Zec) Masvingo provincial head, Zex Pudurai said it was all systems go for the
by-election which will be held on July 13.
“We are happy with our state of
preparedness. We are ready for the nomination court and any other subsequent
processes that need to be followed. We are also pleased with the peaceful
environment that we are seeing ahead of the by-election,” said Pudurai.
The opposition MDC held their
primary elections at Mandadzaka Primary School yesterday, May 29.
Presided over by a national organising team led by Tamsanqa Dangazela and Farai Chinobva, the primary elections were won by Moses
Maposa, who is the party’s district chairperson.
“We are already working hard to
market our candidate to the electorate because he is the best person to
represent the interests of Ward 31 residents in council. We are a party of
excellence so the people of Ward 31 have the best candidate in Maphosa,” said
MDC provincial youth leader Kudakwashe Bhadharai, who is a resident of Bikita
East himself.
Maphosa served as MDC councillor
in the same ward between 2008 and 2013.
Zanu PF is expected to be
represented by Thomas Mataga who last year contested in the party’s
primary elections for Bikita East and lost to current Member of Parliament (MP)
Johnson Madhuku.
“We are ready for the challenge. As
Zanu PF, we will launch our campaign on 09 June at Mandadzaka Primary School
and we will then be hard at work from that day onwards. We are confident that
we will retain our council seat because we are doing many developmental
projects in the communities,” said Madhuku.
Peter Mavenga is expected to
represent the Professor Lovemore Madhuku-led National Constitutional (NCA).
“The people now know that only
the NCA is capable of delivering on their needs because it is a party founded
on constitutionalism and good governance. We take this by-election seriously
because local governance is key to good service delivery,” said Ernest Rambe,
an NCA leader in the district.

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