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Zanu PF DCCs: Masvingo election updates

 

Jorum Gumbo

…Mahwende
‘caught with stuffed ballots’ in Masvingo

…Zaka petitions
party over ‘massive rigging’

…Mundungehama
wins Chiredzi

…Team Bolato
in Chivi, Gutu clean sweep

 

Upenyu Chaota/Moses Ziyambi

The
Zanu PF District Coordinating Committee (DCC) elections which were run over the
weekend are producing controversial results, with with reports of massive fraud
being alleged.

New
inter-district factions going by the names ‘Team Bolato’ and ‘Team Zanu PF’
have emerged to take control of these all-important grassroots structures that
will be critical arbiters of power in the next primaries ahead of 2023 general
elections.

When
contacted for comment on the allegations of fraud in the elections, party bigwig
Jorum Gumbo, who was deployed to Masvingo to preside over the elections, said he had received some complaints on irregularities but was generally satisfied with the conduct of the elections.

“We have
so far received results for Gutu, Zaka, Chivi and Bikita districts and the
other ones are coming. We had some logistical challenges and the rains did not
make it make it easy for us to deliver materials to all places in time.

“In
every election, there are people who complain about the results and that is to
be expected. Even (US President Donald) Trump is complaining right now. I only
receive total results of all voting centres and there could have been some
voting irregularities, yes, but those are specific and they will have to be
investigated on a case by case basis so that we see what can be done.

“I do
not receive results that are specific to one centre where there could have been
more votes counted than the number of people in the register. We are using
registers that date back to 2017 and 2018 so some changes have happened; there
are people who died and there are others who are no longer in the party. We don’t
expect such people to vote,” said Gumbo.

Many
local Zanu PF sources, however, said the elections were largely fraudulent,
with some people who contested for positions moving to some voting centres as
presiding officers.

In Masvingo
district, alleged Team Bolato member Tawanda Dube, who is contesting against
Trust Mugabe for the position of district chairperson, is said to be getting more
votes than the maximum number of people in the registers.

A total
number of 120 voters are expected to vote for the main wing but sources say
that in Ward 7B of Masvingo West, Dube polled 167 votes against Mugabe’s 6
votes. In the same Ward, there were a total of 12 spoiled votes bring the total
of votes cast to 185.

Sources
said that the results from Ward 7B have since been nullified but Gumbo
dismissed the claim, saying nobody could cancel the election results without
his knowledge and before he had received the results.

TellZim
News has however established that non-existent wards 5B and 5C came into
existence mysteriously for the duration of the elections, with all the 120
votes in each ‘new’ ward being won by Dube.

In Ward
6 Masvingo Urban, another Team Bolato member and City of Masvingo Deputy Mayor
Wellington Mahwende, who sailed through uncontested as secretary for finance,
is said to have been caught with a stuffed bucketful of ballots.

Mahwende
refuted the claims when TellZim News reached him for comment, saying people
should accept defeat and not tarnish other people’s names.

“No
such thing happened. That talk is coming from people who have been defeated
heavily and they are just bitter. Vote-counting is progressing well and will be
completed soon,” said Mahwende.

In Ward
7 of Masvingo Urban, Charles Munganasa who is contesting for the position of
secretary for youth affairs against Agnes Murove, is said to have polled over
80 votes against the maximum expected tally of 40.

In Zaka
district, a total of nine losing candidates, who include former Zaka West MP Paradzai
Chakona have written to provincial and national party leaders to complain
against alleged massive rigging and vote-buying by a faction ‘yakabva kuvakuru’.

Deputy
Finance minister and Zaka East Member of Parliament (MP) Clemence Chiduwa won
the position of chairperson.

Chakona
contested and lost against Zaka Central MP Davison Svuure for the right
deputise Chiduwa who, from the very beginning appeared to be the indesputable favourite.

“We,
the below listed candidates from Zaka District, Masvingo Province, collectively
record and submit this appeal letter to you on the manner and way District
Coordinating Committee elections were and are being conducted in Zaka
District. 

“This
petition brings on record some discrepancies and flaws in the conduct of
elections. It is our fervent belief that we have fallen victims of
functionalism and individualism in Masvingo Province,” reads the petition
signed by Chakona, Aleta Makomeke, Brighton Mahoya and Felix Kufandada among
others.

In
Chiredzi, Siyaki Mundungehama won the position of chairperson after polling 2885
votes against rival Simba Chibememe who got 600.

Norman
Sharara will be the vice chairperson after he defeated three rivals by a wide
margin. Similarly, Stephen Dziva defeated three rivals by a wide margin to land
the position of secretary for administration.

The
Chiredzi secretary for finance will be Simbarashe Gwara who defeated Chiredzi Urban ward Councillor and
businessman Obert Ngwenya by 1694 against 1288.

In
Chivi, there is a massive outcry after Team Bolato, which is said to be fronted
by Chivi Rural District Council (RDC) chairperson Godfrey Mukungunugwa,
walloped all Team Zanu PF members.

Team
Zanu PF members in Chivi are allegedly led by Chivi Central MP Ephraim
Gwanongodza and his Chivi North counterpart Mathias Tongofa.

A Zanu
PF insider told TellZim News that Gwanongodza and Tongofa were left off-guard and
unable to defend their turf after they were sent to Mwenezi as presiding
officers, leaving their members to their own devices.

“Though
the results are yet to be certified, all those that have won are Team Bolato
members. There is nothing for the other faction, and this is bad for the party
because it will lead to voter apathy. Abiot Madzore, for example, is not very
popular but he has won the race for the secretary for youth affairs position because
some of the votes he got were brazenly stolen from Letmore Tizai who was the
favourite,” said a source.

As it
stands, Chivi will be led by Samuel Mandonde who sailed through uncontested and
he will be deputised by former MP Albert Chamwadoro who defeated Tawanda
Munyuki by 2211 votes to 1020.

Taurai
Masvinu will be new secretary for administration after he defeated Kudakwashe
Dzoro by a wide margin.

The
district commissariat will be led by Aleck Nhundu who thumped Munashe Pwanyai.

Ward 5
Councillor Grace Mukungunugwa, who is related to Godfrey Mukungunugwa, will be
the women’s league secretary after she defeated two rivals Vimbai Takaendesa
and Nyembesi Phiri by a wide margin.

In
Gutu, only four positions are said to have been contested while the other 19
were taken uncontested following what insiders called an extreme political
scheming exercise by Team Bolato.

Gutu
will be led by former provincial youth chairperson Brian Munyoro, who among
many others, sailed through uncontested.

(An earlier report had erroneously stated that Obert Ngwenya had won the Chiredzi secretary of finance position. We regret the inconvenience caused.)

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