Zanu-PF atones for Norton loss, wins Chimanimani West
ZANU-PF has overwhelmingly won the Chimanimani West National Assembly by-election, where the party’s candidate, Cde Nokuthula Matsikenyere, whitewashed the opposition parties and independent candidates.
She polled 11 074 votes against independent candidate Peter Mtetwa who amassed 3 018, Renewal Democrats of Zimbabwe’s Peter Gudyanga (183) and National Constitutional Assembly’s Peter Musaruka who garnered 171 votes in Saturday’s by-election.
Zanu-PF Secretary for Administration Cde Ignatius Chombo was delighted with the result and pointed to the strength of the candidate and party-level democratic processes that saw Cde Matsikenyere representing the constituency.
He said: “Our candidate in Chimanimani is well known to the residents of that area, which made it easier for the party to win. Other candidates were unknown to the electorate.” He drew comparisons with the Norton upset saying Zanu-PF had got its cards right this time around.
“In Norton, Temba Mliswa had an element of clout having been chairman of the province so name recognition was easier. Whatever mistakes were made in Norton, it was a learning experience. The party changed tactics and won resoundingly,” said Cde Chombo.
Cde Matsikenyere on Saturday won the by-election for the seat previously held by expelled Zanu-PF member, Engineer