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ED, Chamisa square off in Bikita by-election


…three
parties file for nomination


150 vote in MDC primaries
Upenyu
Chaota
President Mnangagwa and MDC leader Nelson Chamisa may
not want to be in the same room to dialogue the way forward for the economy but
will have a date in the ballot box as both their parties will battle it out in
the Bikita West Ward 31council by-election slated for July 13.
The council seat fell
vacant following the death of Zanu PF Councillor Patrick Marozhe on April 15
this year.
Three
political parties filed for nomination with Zanu PF being represented by Thomas
Mataga, MDC represented by Moses Maposa and National Constitutional Assembly
(NCA) represented by Peter Mavenga.
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. Three political parties have gone
through the nomination court and brought forward three candidates and we are
ready for 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 last
week, May 29 and a paltry 148 members voted raising serious concerns on the
future of the party in the ward.
Presided
over by a national organising team led by Tamsanqa Dangazela and Farai
Chinobva, the primary elections were won by 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.
Maposa
served as MDC councillor in the same ward between 2008 and 2013.
Zanu
PF candidate Mataga, who last year contested in the party’s primary elections
for Bikita East and lost to current Member of Parliament (MP) Johnson Madhuku,
the election is just a formality as his party will walk over all the other
contestants.
“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 Mataga.
Mavenga
will represent the Professor Lovemore Madhuku-led NCA and the party’s district
chairperson Ernest Rambe expressed confidence in victory.
“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 Rambe.
Zanu PF last month lost another council by-election in
Mutasa constituency’s Ward 10 despite them being accused of employing vote
buying antics.

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