MDC revels in Vic Falls by-election win

VICTORIA FALLS - Morgan Tsvangirai’s MDC says it won the Victoria Falls by-election on Saturday under very difficult circumstances as police banned all their rallies and road shows.

On Saturday, MDC’s Somveli Dhlamini won Victoria Falls’ Ward Nine Council by-election with 238 votes, beating Sambulo Mpofu of Zanu PF who garnered 207 while Atient Ncube of the smaller MDC got 62 and White Julius Willard Phiri of Zapu had five votes.

Six ballot papers were spoilt.

“We went into this election under difficult circumstances, but we won,” Sengezo Tshabangu, the MDC Matabeleland North provincial chairperson told the Daily News.

“The whole of last week we were not allowed to campaign after police banned all our campaign rallies and road shows. They were only allowing Zanu PF rallies to go-ahead.”

Matabeleland North police spokesperson Inspector Spiwe Makonese said: “Police in Victoria Falls last week were busy at the meeting of Sadc committee of ministers responsible for Transport and Meteorology which was underway in the resort town.

“And that might be the main reason why those rallies were not cleared, we had not enough manpower. But I will check again with the police officer commanding Victoria Falls.”

Tshabangu claimed the win was clear testimony that the MDC was still very popular.

“Zanu PF rigged the July elections but this time the people of Victoria Falls showed them the exit door,” Tshabangu said.

The Victoria Falls Ward Nine election did not take place on July 31 because mainstream MDC candidate Nkululeko Nyoni died a day before voting commenced.

Comments (8)

We kVUAnow ZANU pf will always do that. Oppression of fellow blacks. The only change is the skin colour of the oppressor

NDAGAYA MANJE - 22 October 2013

It is an open secret that Zanu PF are not keen on seeing the country going forward but instead they want the country to go backwards. So any opposition the MDCes included it will be suffering after suffering till chickens come home to roast.

Gwenaz - 22 October 2013

Read more on Jukwa Mwana or Mwana Jukwa's facebook page. You will get most of the reasons behind JOC

Chipoto - 22 October 2013

We applaud d you people of Victoria falls, let it be clear that Tsvangirai haaraswi nesu vanhu till zvaita, makashinga, murimagamba

garwe - 22 October 2013

It shows Zec, police and courts havent changed and wont allow the free running of democracy in this country. The only way forward is to open the route to Gorongoza and fight for independence and democracy in this country. The only chance to also become war veterans

Karurus - 22 October 2013

Maichemera kuti tinosungirira nyika payanga yakasungirirwa kuti imi muzoisungunura. Zvino July 31 takaisungirira tamirira kuti imi muchiisungunura.

madhaka - 23 October 2013

Why didn't they rig this one? I thought they rig all elections and make sure their candidate wins.

Popo - 23 October 2013

Same old excuse used by the dictatorship known as ZANU PF. No police for MDC rallies but plenty and a half for ZANU. What a lawless party.

Stanley - 23 October 2013

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