New faces en­ter the fray

The Manica Post - - Front Page - Sa­muel Kadun­gure Se­nior Re­porter

ZANU-PF has ush­ered in a new crop of younger lead­ers in Man­i­ca­land Prov­ince as a num­ber of po­lit­i­cal heavyweights failed to re­tain their seats in pri­mary elec­tions whose out­come re­flects prin­ci­ples of in­ter­nal democracy and free will of party sup­port­ers.

Vot­ers flocked to cast bal­lots in record num­bers to re­ject those con­sid­ered a li­a­bil­ity and re­placed them with new faces, while em­brac­ing old play­ers that have al­ways been sen­si­tive and re­spon­sive to their con­cerns and in­ter­ests.

The out­come of these elec­tions res­onates with the new dis­pen­sa­tion’s thrust to im­prove the party and coun­try’s bat­tered im­age, re­vamp the econ­omy and open Zim­babwe for busi­ness.

A wave of democrati­sa­tion swept across the prov­ince as in­tra-party democracy took roots, mix­ing old and new faces, thereby rein­vig­o­rat­ing the party, and thus as­sem­bling suitable play­ers in the cre­ation of a dy­namic and pro­gres­sive en­vi­ron­ment that peo­ple des­per­ately want to see in place af­ter 2018 elec­tions.

The new faces in­clude Cde Misheck Mataranyika (Makoni South), Cde James Munetsi (Makoni North), Cde Jen­ni­fani Muswere (Makoni West), Cde Misheck Mu­gadza (Mu­tasa South), Cde Jef­fery Ngome (Mutare South) Cde Jashua Sacco (Chi­nami­mani East), Cde Joshua Murire (Musika­vanhu), Cde Nancy Saung­weme (Mutare Cen­tral), Cde Chido Tsi­nakwadi (Mu­tasa North), Chido Sany­atwe (Nyanga North), Cde Gi­jima Nyashanu (Buhera Cen­tral), Teedzai Muchimwe (Mutare West), Cde Mike Madiro (Mutare North) and Cde Jefta Kuziva Sakup­wanya (Mu­tasa Cen­tral).

Old horses that fell by the way­side in­clude Cde Chris Mushohwe (Mutare West), Cde Fran­cis Muchenje (Makoni North), Cde Ron­ald Mud­eredzwa (Buhera Cen­tral), Cde Luke Masamvu (Mu­tasa North), Cde Nyasha Chik­winya (Mutare South), Cde Bat­sir­ayi Pemhenayi (Mutare North) and Cde Irene Zindi (Mutare South).

Vot­ing was sus­pended in Chipinge Cen­tral and Buhera West over dodgy cell records that sought to dis­en­fran­chise thou­sands of sup­port­ers and cre­ate on­look­ers out of stake­hold­ers.

Those who re­tained their seats are Cde Pa­trick Chi­na­masa (Makoni Cen­tral), Cde Chris Chin­gosho (Head­lands), Cde Esau Mup­fumi (Dangamvura-Chikanga), Cde Supa Mandi­wanzira (Nyanga North), Cde Joseph Chino­timba (Buhera South), Cde Wil­liam Mu­tomba (Buhera North), Cde Win Mlambo (Chipinge East), Cde Enock Porusingazi (Chipinge South), Cde Noku­tula Mat­sikenyere (Chi­man­i­mani West) and Cde Adam Chimwa­murombe (Chipinge West).

“It’s a new era,” said Cde Mataranyika, “peo­ple want change, change mean­ing that they want new faces . . . and the onus is on us to bring new ideas, a pro­gres­sive cul­ture of do­ing things and to re­brand and mar­ket Zanu-PF so that Pres­i­dent Mnan­gagwa wins the forth­com­ing elec­tions re­sound­ingly,” said Cde Mataranyika.

“Vot­ers backed a new batch of younger democrats es­pous­ing self-de­ter­mi­na­tion and in a de­vel­op­ment that sig­nals a new era and marks a sig­nif­i­cant turn­ing point in the party.

“In this new era, the grass­roots wanted a com­plete break with the past to pave way for younger gen­er­a­tions to pro­mote con­ti­nu­ity and sta­bil­ity,” said Cde Munetsi.

Cde Saung­weme has vowed to wrest the seat from the op­po­si­tion MDC-T, say­ing the op­po­si­tion had dis­mally failed to de­velop the area.

“This area has been ne­glected for too long and with your sup­port, I am sure this time around we are go­ing to re­move MDC-T.

“We are not go­ing to sleep un­til we take over from MDC-T, which has been ne­glect­ing you for too long.

“I grew up in Sakubva and it pains a lot to see the town be­ing turned into a ru­ral set­tle­ment whilst we watch,” she said.

Cde Sany­atwe, said she will cor­rect the mis­takes done by Cde Hu­bert Nyan­hongo.

“Peo­ple of Nyanga North have spo­ken and elected me. My fo­cus is to meet and ex­ceed their ex­pec­ta­tions. This area is un­der­de­vel­oped. Very lit­tle has been done to up­lift the liveli­hoods of peo­ple.

“It re­ceives er­ratic rain­fall, hence, need wa­ter and ir­ri­ga­tion de­vel­op­ment. Very lit­tle has been done in terms of ed­u­ca­tion, health and pro­vi­sion of ac­cess to wa­ter,” she said.

Cde Saung­wemwe

Cde Mataranyika

Cde Sany­atwe

Cde Mu­gadza

Cde Sacco

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