4 vie for Bikita West seat

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - National News - Masvingo Bureau

THE Zanu-PF Masvingo pro­vin­cial ex­ec­u­tive has whit­tled the num­ber of aspir­ing can­di­dates to rep­re­sent Zanu-PF in the forth­com­ing Bikita West par­lia­men­tary by-elec­tion from 11 to four after most of them were dis­qual­i­fied for fail­ing to meet the rev­o­lu­tion­ary party’s cri­te­ria.

Four aspir­ing can­di­dates namely Re­tired Ma­jor Gen­eral Gib­son Mashin­gaidze, pro­vin­cial ex­ec­u­tive mem­ber Cde Jef­frey Murire, rul­ing party dis­trict chair­man in Bikita Cde Joshua Dhewa and Women’s League pro­vin­cial ex­ec­u­tive mem­ber Cde Beauty Chabaya had their cur­ricu­lum vi­tae ac­cepted by the party to con­test pri­mary elec­tions.

The by-elec­tion will be held to fill the va­cancy left after the in­car­cer­a­tion of for­mer Bikita West leg­is­la­tor Mun­yaradzi Kereke for 10 years after be­ing con­victed of rap­ing a young girl.

Kereke, who was also for­mer ad­vi­sor to ex-Re­serve Bank of Zim­babwe Gov­er­nor Dr Gideon Gono, was elected Bikita West Mem­ber of Par­lia­ment dur­ing the 2013 elec­tions.

Zanu PF Masvingo pro­vin­cial sec­re­tary for the com­mis­sariat, Cde Jappy Ja­boon, on Sun­day said four aspir­ing can­di­dates have been cleared by the pro­vin­cial ex­ec­u­tive direc­torate.

Cde Ja­boon said names of the ap­proved can­di­dates have since been for­warded to the na­tional com­mis­sariat de­part­ment for en­dorse­ment.

“Ini­tially, we re­ceived CVs from 11 aspir­ing can­di­dates who wanted to rep­re­sent Zanu-PF in the com­ing by-elec­tion in Bikita West, but seven of them were dis­qual­i­fied for var­i­ous rea­sons with the ma­jor­ity fail­ing to meet the party’s cri­te­ria of hav­ing served in the party struc­tures for more than five years,’’ he said.

Cde Ja­boon said the rul­ing party was con­fi­dent of re­tain­ing the Bikita West seat say­ing Masvingo prov­ince was now a ‘’one party state’’.

It was solidly be­hind the lead­er­ship of Pres­i­dent Mu­gabe and Zanu PF.

One of the can­di­dates, Cde Elias Musakwa, was dropped for al­legedly be­ing linked to the Zim­babwe Peo­ple First pro­ject fronted by for­mer Vice Pres­i­dent Dr Joice Mu­juru.

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