Polit­buro join Bikita West cam­paign trail

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - National News - Wal­ter Mswazie Masvingo Cor­re­spon­dent

THE Zanu-PF lead­er­ship in Masvingo Province has roped in Polit­buro mem­bers as cam­paign­ing for the Bikita West by-elec­tion slated for Jan­uary 21, 2017 gath­ers mo­men­tum.

The seat fell va­cant fol­low­ing the in­car­cer­a­tion of the in­cum­bent na­tional as­sem­bly mem­ber Mun­yaradzi Kereke for rap­ing his 11-year-old niece.

Kereke was in July sen­tenced to 14 years in jail but four years were sus­pended for five years on con­di­tion of good be­hav­iour. Six can­di­dates filed their pa­pers at the nom­i­na­tion court which sat at Masvingo Mag­is­trates Court last week.

The can­di­dates are Cde Beauty Chabaya of Zanu-PF, Mr Ku­dak­washe Gopo (ZimPF), Mr Madock Chivasa (Na­tional Con­sti­tu­tional As­sem­bly), Heya Shoko (In­de­pen­dent), Mr Ter­ence Tan­yaradzwa Makumbo (Pro­gres­sive Democrats for Zim­babwe) and Mr In­no­cent Muzvim­biri (In­de­pen­dent).

Zanu-PF act­ing pro­vin­cial chair­man Cde Amasa Nhen­jana said the party is so de­ter­mined to win the va­cant seat that it has in­vited Polit­buro mem­bers to sup­port Cde Chabaya.

“We are geared up for the polls. Work on the ground has in­ten­si­fied and we have en­gaged Polit­buro mem­bers like na­tional po­lit­i­cal com­mis­sar Cde Saviour Ka­sukuwere and Cde Josiah Hungwe to as­sist in the cam­paign as the seat has cre­ated a lot of in­ter­est from our op­po­si­tion coun­ter­parts with some stand­ing as in­de­pen­dents. We have upped the tempo and cam­paign­ing is in full swing as we speak,” said Cde Nhen­jana.

He said the party has come of age adding that the lead­er­ship in the province is ap­proach­ing the by-elec­tion dif­fer­ently in view of the Nor­ton by-elec­tion de­feat at the hands of an in­de­pen­dent can­di­date Mr Temba Mliswa.

“Let me make it clear, we are cam­paign­ing peace­fully con­trary to the false­hoods ped­dled by some lo­cal pro­vin­cial pa­pers that por­trayed the party as a vi­o­lent party plan­ning to un­leash vi­o­lence in Bikita.

“We are a peace­ful party and anyone caught in­cit­ing vi­o­lence is not part of us. We have de­rived our com­mit­ment from Chi­man­i­mani West where the Zanu PF can­di­date Cde Mat­sikenyere won re­sound­ingly in the by elec­tion held last week,” Cde Nhen­jana said.

The Chi­man­i­mani West seat was left va­cant after En­gi­neer Mu­na­cho Mutezo was ex­pelled for fan­ning fac­tion­al­ism.

Cde Nokuthula Mat­sikenyere polled 11 446 votes with se­cond placed in­de­pen­dent can­di­date Mr Ed­more Mtetwa get­ting 3 018 votes. Mr Peter Gudyanga of PDZ man­aged a pal­try 183 votes while Mr Pe­sanai Musakaruka of NCA gar­nered 171 votes. @wal­terbm­swazie2

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