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MDC Alliance’s headache for Masvingo mayor

Selina Maridza

Upenyu Chaota

Having won seven out of the 10 contested wards in Masvingo Urban, the MDC Alliance now suffers a headache of selecting the best person to take over from Hubert Fidze as mayor.
Possible contenders are councillors Godfrey Kurauone (Ward 4), Daniel Mberikunashe (Ward 5), Richard Musekiwa (Ward 7) and Babylon Beta (Ward 9).
Collen Maboke (Ward 2) and Selina Maridza (Ward 1) are new councillors who are said to be making their own determined bids for the post.
With three councillors, Zanu PF has almost zero chances of taking the post but whoever wants the job must lobby for those three votes.
Kurauone stands a better chance of winning the race but he has made a few enemies in his own party, and they may use their influence to scuttle his ambition.
Beta, Mberikunashe and Musekiwa would do better if they campaign for the deputy mayoral position but gender considerations may see the post going to Maridza.
All the interested councillors have reportedly submitted their CVs to the party’s provincial leadership which will make recommendations.
District chairperson, Murangamwa Chanyau confirmed that the CVs were submitted but referred further questions to provincial chairperson James Gumbi.
“The selection of the mayoral candidate will be done at national level but the province will make some recommendations. All those interested have already submitted their CVs but the province has more information,” said Chanyau.
Gumbi could not be reached for comment by the time of going to print.local

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