The Herald (Zimbabwe)

Zanu PF readies for crushing win in Gutu West

- George Maponga in MASVINGO ◆ Full story on

ZANU PF is confident of retaining the Gutu West National Assembly seat in Saturday’s by-election with the revolution­ary party’s leadership in Masvingo saying everything is pointing to a crushing victory against the opposition.

The by-election will be held to elect the National Assembly representa­tive for the constituen­cy after elections to choose the legislator were postponed when the rest of the nation voted in August after the death of one of the candidates, Mr Christophe­r Mutonho.

The ruling party will be represente­d by the party’s Deputy Youth Secretary Cde John Paradza who was first elected as Gutu West National Assembly member in 2018.

He will square up against Mr Ephraim Morudu of CCC, Mr Robson Kurwa of NCA and an independen­t candidate Mr Sebastian Mudzingwa.

Zanu PF has been holding campaign rallies to drum up support for Cde Paradza with Vice President and Zanu PF Second Secretary Cde Kembo Mohadi and First Lady Dr Amai Auxillia Mnangagwa having headlined high profile rallies.

The ruling party provincial secretary for commissari­at Cde Brian Munyoro yesterday said nothing was going to stop Zanu PF from recording a resounding win in Gutu West on Saturday.

“Come this Saturday, Zanu PF is going to win resounding­ly in Gutu West in the by-election.

“We will trounce the opposition because we have an upper hand. It’s a foregone conclusion that we are going to win and we will do so with a very big margin.

“If the opposition manages to garner a few hundred votes they will be very lucky because we are the dominant party and our candidate Cde (John) Paradza will win hands down,’’ said Cde Munyoro.

The party had already finished campaignin­g and was now focusing on voter education of its members and supporters who will vote at the 53 polling stations that have been set up in the constituen­cy.

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