Zanu-PF steps up cam­paign in Bikita West

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - National News - From Ge­orge Maponga in Masvingo

THE Zanu-PF Masvingo pro­vin­cial ex­ec­u­tive has stepped up its cam­paign in Bikita West to make sure the rul­ing party re­tains the Na­tional Assem­bly seat in a by-elec­tion sched­uled for Jan­uary 21.

The seat fell va­cant af­ter Mun­yaradzi Kereke, who was the leg­is­la­tor for the area, was jailed for rape ear­lier this year.

Zanu-PF has picked Women’s League pro­vin­cial ex­ec­u­tive mem­ber Cde Beauty Chabaya as its can­di­date in the by-elec­tion while the op­po­si­tion Na­tional Con­sti­tu­tional Assem­bly is re­port­edly field­ing its spokesper­son Mr Madock Chivasa.

Dr Joice Mu­juru’s Zim­babwe Peo­ple First has re­port­edly cho­sen for­mer Zanu-PF na­tional youth league ex­ec­u­tive mem­ber Mr Ku­dak­washe Gopo to stand on its ticket al­though the party is yet to make a fi­nal de­ci­sion on whether to con­test or not.

Act­ing Zanu-PF Masvingo pro­vin­cial chair­man Cde Amasa Nhen­jana yes­ter­day said Zanu-PF wanted to make sure peo­ple in the con­stituency were pre­pared for the by-elec­tion.

He said the rul­ing party was tak­ing the by-elec­tion se­ri­ously to main­tain its po­lit­i­cal dom­i­nance in the prov­ince.

“We’ve been hav­ing cam­paign meet­ings at branch and ward level in Bikita West be­cause we want to keep our peo­ple con­scious about the loom­ing by-elec­tion and its im­por­tance to Zanu-PF as a party.

“We do not want to take any­thing for granted,’’ said Cde Nhen­jana.

He said the party had con­fi­dence in Cde Chabaya and that her land­slide vic­tory in party’s pri­mary elec­tion showed that she was the peo­ple’s choice in Bikita West.

Cde Chabaya won Zanu-PF pri­mary elec­tion af­ter shrug­ging off the chal­lenge of nine other can­di­dates the ma­jor­ity of whom have since lent their sup­port to her by help­ing in the on­go­ing cam­paign.

Cde Nhen­jana said the rul­ing party would also en­sure the peo­ple of Bikita West and the en­tire Bikita Dis­trict had suf­fi­cient food as hunger was one of the ma­jor prob­lems af­flict­ing the dis­trict.

Zanu-PF has al­ready started mo­bil­is­ing food for hunger-stricken vil­lagers in the con­stituency, with Cde Chabaya re­cently do­nat­ing 60 tonnes of maize and rice to ease hunger.

He said plans were also afoot to re­vive the col­lapsed Jar­avaza Ir­ri­ga­tion Scheme and Rozva in Bikita West which used to pro­vide a re­li­able source of food in the pop­u­lous con­stituency.

Zanu-PF heavy­weights in Bikita have ex­pressed con­fi­dence in Cde Chabaya who will be­come the first fe­male leg­is­la­tor for Bikita West if she wins the by-elec­tion.

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