The Herald (Zimbabwe)

Zanu PF deploys by-elections campaign teams

- Joseph Madzimure Senior Reporter

ZANU PF is prepared for the nine impending by-elections set for December 9 triggered by the first round of CCC recalls, and has already deployed campaign teams to mobilise people to vote for the ruling party.

The by-elections were necessitat­ed by the recalling of nine CCC constituen­cy members of the National Assembly along with five proportion­al representa­tion members and nine senators by the opposition party’s interim secretary-general Mr Sengezo Tshabangu.

Mr Tshabangu said the recalling of 14 CCC members from the National Assembly and nine senators had nothing to do with Zanu PF, but was an internal move to save the party from the dictatorsh­ip of Mr Nelson Chamisa.

By-elections will be held in Cowdray Park, Mpopoma-Mzilikazi, Lobengula-Magwegwe, Lupane East, Bulawayo South, Nketa, Binga North, Mabvuku-Tafara and Beitbridge West with the remaining five seats made vacant by the recalling of proportion­al representa­tion legislator­s being filled on CCC nomination­s, as is the case with the nine Senate seats.

Addressing the media yesterday, Zanu PF national Political Commissar Cde Mike Bimha said the party was ever ready of any eventualit­y.

“We have pending elections in early December, we have already conducted primary elections in Matabelela­nd North, Matabelela­nd South, Bulawayo, and there are areas where we didn’t have primary elections because there has been consensus on who the party would like to have as a candidate such as Binga North, Bulawayo South and Mabvuku-Tafara.

“We did not have primaries on those constituen­cies so the members who will be standing there are as a result of consensus by the party,’’ said Cde Bimha.

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