4 vie for Bikita West seat
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.