CHIREDZI – Former Zanu PF Chiredzi West legislator, Darlington Chiwa who broke ranks with his former party and stood as an independent candidate in the just ended polls, got a rude awakening when he was trounced by Zanu PF’s Farai Musikavanhu.
Chiwa stood as an independent out of protest from the chaotic Zanu PF primaries which saw many disgruntled supporters filing as independent candidates.
Zanu PF’s Farai Musikavanhu got 15 754 votes followed by MDC Alliance’s Stanley Temba with 10 508.
Simbarashe Baloyi, who also left MDC Alliance after complaining about irregularities in the primary election also scored more votes than Chiwa.
United Kingdom (UK) based businessman, John Manganye, who also left MDC Alliance over his exclusion in the party’s primaries attained 890 votes while Bhebhe Livison who stood as an independent attained 335 votes.
National Patriotic Front’s (NPF) Samson Makonese polled 254 votes while Zimbabwe Partnership for Prosperity (ZIPP) Fungisai Majekwana, who was the sole female candidate in the race, attained 220 votes.
In the same constituency, however Zanu PF presidential candidate, Emmerson Mnangagwa was walloped by MDC Alliance’s Nelson Chamisa who got about 17 000 votes against Mnangagwa’s 14 000 votes.
Most independent candidates were campaigning for Nelson Chamisa as their presidential select in order to lure more youthful electorate though they were not voted for resoundingly.politics