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Masvingo MP Nyokanhete forks out $2000 to pay agents



Derrick
Shava

Masvingo Urban Member of
Parliament (MP), Jacob Nyokanhete has used his own personal resources amounting
to $2 000 to pay 220 election agents who worked for the MDC Alliance in the
July 30 harmonised election.
Each ward in the
constituency had 22 election agents protecting the presidential, parliamentary
and local government votes.
The youthful MP said at a
time when other parties were letting down their election agents, he deemed it fit
to reward the people who worked hard to protect the party’s vote against
possible rigging.
“I appreciate our
hardworking election agents. They guarded our votes and Zanu PF failed to steal
Masvingo Urban votes. If l afforded, I would have paid them even more,”
said Nyokanhete.
In Masvingo Urban, Nelson
Chamisa got over 23 000 votes against Emmerson Mnangagwa’s 11 000, with
Nyokanhete getting 17 000 votes against closest rival; Zanu PF candidate
Benjaman Mazarire’s 12 500.
In the run up to the
elections, Nyokanhete slaughtered a beast to feed the election agents and also
gave each ward 20kg mealie meal, cooking oil, vegetables and other food stuffs.
The party’s then sitting
councillors and council candidates also contributed different foodstuffs to
feed election agents.
“I am pleased by the hard
work done by our election agents and all our council candidates. We all have a
close working relationship and that helped us to increase our councillors from
six in the previous council to the current seven,” said Nyokanhete.
He said he will continue
to work closely with councillors to make sure the city continues to improve
service delivery.
“We won in Masvingo Urban
and we must therefore deliver. We thank the previous council led by Cllr Hubert
Fidze for being named the best-run municipality at our party’s 19th
anniversary at Gwanzura,” said Nyokanhete.
He said the party’s
Masvingo Urban district was embarking on ward-based ‘Thank You’ meetings to
thank the people for entrusting their votes with the MDC Alliance.
“Our district chairperson
Murangamwa Chanyau is leading the meetings for the purposes of showing our
supporters that we are still together. We appreciate the support that they gave
the party in the elections. The party district also won an award as the best
performing district in the province,” he said.
Nyokanhete, who is a
chartered accountant by profession, now sits on two parliamentary portfolio
committees; Public Accounts as well as Information and Communication
Technologies (ICTs).
Commenting on the
appointments, Masvingo provincial chairperson James Gumbi said it was
remarkable that the party’s only MP in the province had some skills to offer.
“We appreciate the
commitment that Honourable Jacob Nyokanhete has shown and we also thank our
president Nelson Chamisa for appointing him to two parliamentary portfolio
committees,” said Gumbi.
The ‘Thank You’ meetings
started in wards 1 and 2 and they will soon proceed to ward 3 and 4 going
forward.
In his remarks, Chanyau
said the meetings were important in that they helped the leadership to remain
in touch with the community.
“The meetings will
be held in all the 10 wards and we want the people to see that they have
hands-on leaders. The meetings are also a build up to a big ‘Thank You’ rally
that will be addressed by president Nelson Chamisa in Mucheke Stadium on a date
to be announced,” said Chanyau.

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