Masvingo chair­man elec­tion re­run af­ter Uhuru cel­e­bra­tions

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

AN elec­tion to choose a sub­stan­tive Zanu-PF provin­cial chair­man for Masvingo will be held soon af­ter the In­de­pen­dence Day cel­e­bra­tions next week, a se­nior party of­fi­cial has said.

The ini­tial elec­tion that was held in Fe­bru­ary pit­ting Cde Ezra Chadza­mira and Re­tired Colonel Mutero Masan­gan­ise was de­clared in­con­clu­sive as there was no vot­ing in some ar­eas due to lo­gis­ti­cal chal­lenges posed by heavy rains.

Cde Chadza­mira had polled 12 393 against Col Masan­gan­ise’s 4 988 votes.

Masvingo provin­cial secretary for ad­min­is­tra­tion Cde Ailes Baloyi said the province re­ceived com­mu­ni­ca­tion from the party’s na­tional com­mis­sariat that there be a re­run af­ter the In­de­pen­dence Day hol­i­day.

“We are ready to hold elec­tions for the po­si­tion of a sub­stan­tive chair­man soon af­ter the In­de­pen­dence hol­i­day. We do not have the spe­cific dates yet as we are wait­ing for the in­terim chair­man Dr Jo­ram Gumbo to give us the dates,” said Cde Baloyi.

He said once there is a sub­stan­tive chair­man the province will be ready to launch its cam­paign for the 2018 har­monised elec­tions.

“We had a provin­cial co­or­di­nat­ing com­mit­tee meet­ing on Sun­day and we agreed that elec­tions for the chair­man of the party will be held as per the Polit­buro res­o­lu­tion. Re­mem­ber we had in­con­clu­sive elec­tions in Fe­bru­ary where we only cov­ered 60 per­cent of our po­lit­i­cal dis­tricts. Once we have a sub­stan­tive chair­man we will know we have a leader in the province who will lead us dur­ing cam­paign­ing for the forth­com­ing 2018 har­monised elec­tion,” he said.

Cde Baloyi said the party was also happy with the out­come of the Mwenezi East Na­tional Assem­bly by-elec­tion won by Zanu-PF can­di­date Cde Joosbi Omar.

He gar­nered 18 700 votes beat­ing the Na­tional Con­sti­tu­tional Assem­bly’s Mr Wel­come Ma­suku who man­aged 482 while Mr Turner Mhango of Free Zim­babwe Congress (FZC) gar­nered 386.

The seat had been va­cant fol­low­ing the death of Cde Joshua Moyo in De­cem­ber last year.

Voter turnout was 41,9 per­cent in a con­stituency with 56 000 regis­tered vot­ers.

Cde Baloyi said de­spite hav­ing failed to gar­ner the tar­geted votes of more than 47 000, the party had per­formed very well.

“The with­drawal of Mr Ku­dak­washe Bhasik­iti – Chuma could have damp­ened the spirit of some of our mem­bers to cast their bal­lots, hence miss­ing the tar­get. We ex­pected our mem­bers to come in their numbers de­spite the with­drawal of can­di­dates. Nev­er­the­less the vic­tory has mo­ti­vated us ahead of the 2018 gen­eral elec­tions,” he said. — @wal­terbm­swazie3

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