Zanu-PF atones for Nor­ton loss, wins Chi­man­i­mani West

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - National News - Harare Bu­reau

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

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