Zanu PF sweeps 16 seats in 'sham' by-elections

HARARE - President Robert Mugabe’s Zanu PF swept the “sham” parliamentary by-elections held on Wednesday, with the party candidates registering “pyrrhic” victory with handsome margins in all the 16 seats.

The ruling party also clinched an unexpected victory in Bulawayo, winning all the five seats in a special poll boycotted by Morgan Tsvangirai’s MDC.

The last time Zanu PF won any seats in Bulawayo was in 1995 before the formation of the MDC.

Jacob Mafume, spokesperson of the MDC renewal team, said the people of Bulawayo in particular and Zimbabwe in general will never forgive “Tsvangirai and his shameful party” for this humiliation.

“He created by-elections knowing quite well that his party was not going to participate in that election, in connivance with Zanu PF, he removed opposition MPs from Parliament who were legitimately voted by the people in huge numbers only to replace them by  people’s tormentors,” Mafume said.

“It is  sad that the people of Zimbabwe have over the years believed in the hope that Tsvangirai and his party would deliver them from Zanu PF but now it’s clear their hopes for all these years have been misplaced. MDC-T is Zanu PF B, MDC-T has become a backup plan for Mugabe.

“Never again should people of Zimbabwe and Bulawayo in particular entertain the thought of an MDC-T-led change. Its credibility dent and its sins are now of Zanu PF proportions.”

But Tsvangirai’s MDC said from Luveve in Bulawayo to Dzivaresekwa in Harare, the story was the same; Zimbabweans stayed away from these sham polls.

“Zimbabweans heeded the call by the MDC and president Morgan Tsvangirai not to participate in these polls until far-reaching reforms were implemented to ensure a credible outcome,” the MDC said in a statement.

“No amount of political grandstanding by the  faction-ridden and disintegrating Zanu PF regime can sanitise the electoral farce that took place on June 10, 2015.

“The Zimbabwe Electoral Commission must take this as a warning that unless and until they run a credible poll, Zimbabweans will continue staying at home. Until and unless reforms are implemented, our elections will not be credible and will continue to breed contested outcomes.”

The electoral outcome also bucked predictions of almost all the exit polls that gave the opposition Zapu two to three seats in Bulawayo.

However, the Dumiso Dabengwa-led party gave Zanu PF a close fight with party candidates securing second position in all the five constituencies.

There was a photo-finish in Hurungwe West where independent candidate Temba Mliswa was controversially defeated by Zanu PF’s Keith Guzah. Guzah scooped 5 961 vote while Mliswa polled 4 239.

Information minister Jonathan Moyo, who won in Tsholotsho North, was quick to express his happiness on Twitter.

“I want to thank Pres Mugabe, our 2 VPs, the NPC, party colleagues, my family, twimbos and above all Tsholotsho North voters for the landslide!” Moyo said.

Zanu PF’s Isau Mupfumi, who landed the Dangamvura-Chikanga seat, said he was elated.

“I’m now a servant of the people of Dangamvura-Chikanga Constituency,” Mupfumi told journalists soon after the announcement of his victory.

Terence Mukupe, the new Zanu PF MP for Harare East, said: “Tinodzorera mbiri kuna Jehovah. We have overcome. We serve an amazing God. I want to thank everyone for the support and prayers. I am going to fulfil the mandate that the people have entrusted me with in the Parliament of our great nation of Zimbabwe. Viva Zanu PF.”

Comments (17)

of all the people to win these elections, i would never ever have voted for ESAU....im sure him being the new MP for my constituency, should enjoy the so called benefits of being MP while it lasts coz in 2018, he wont win...kkk

hey - 12 June 2015

give us the expected voters then those who actually voted such that we can make guided comments.

nyombwe - 12 June 2015

Mafume you are a fool, why do would you rather oppose another opposition rather than wake up and smell the coffee, Zimbabwe is full of literate people whom when they read such statements such as yours will quickly point out the fool. MDC renewal what is that, you should have stayed in the game with Morgan because what we want is change not a variety of parties, your party makes the whole opposition thing look so silly, you are power hungry, tinyareiwo you bustard, by the way l am not MDC-T, ZANU, e.t.c l am a Zimbabwean who shall vote for the party with the nation at heart l see fit

zvenyika - 12 June 2015

Zimbabwean voters are yet to recover from a trauma they went through in 2008 inflicted onto them by zanu pf and that is a fact that some stupid so called political analysts never want to mention . They are busy praising zanu bcoz they are shallow minded such that they forget how people were killed for voting for Mdc . It is like praising a rapist who goes around raping women and say he is loved by his victims he rapes . This is big kak . MDC T has mps in parly while renewal has non and they should have used this chance to have some from the past sham by elections . The way Mafume speaks shows clearly that he is not a leader he is just thatha machansi . Did Morgan stop you from taking part in by elections . We want to know how many people cast their votes from 400 000 registered voters then we can talk sense .

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CARTRIDGE GALLERY - 12 June 2015

This Mafume is a disgrace. How does Morgan come iinto this? The law is clear, and you decide to breakoff when you can not stand on your own ground and you require Morgan's hand? You wanted Morgan to campain for you? You wanted him to set the vision for you? I dont belong to any political party, but I am disappointed by how you guys continue to mess up everything and fail to accept responsibilty for anything. What a shame!

Dr Tapera - 12 June 2015

Honestly how can we continue with such rubbish. Tichadzidza rink. Zimbabwe is the only country that holds elections in a barbaric manner but uwone mukuru wedu loves to travel around the world witnessing Democratic changes. Nyarawo mdhsra

maiwe zimbabwe yacho - 12 June 2015

I CANT BELIEVE THAT GROWN UPS CAN BEHAVE SO CHILDISHLY. WHILE IDI AMIN WAS A BAFFOON, NO ONE WOULD HAVE THOUGHT THAT A GROUP OF HIGHLY EDUCATED INDIVIDUALS COULD SINK SO LOW AS TO CELEBRATE SUCH A HOLLOW VICTORY. FOR STARTERS. ALL THE ZANU PF CANDIDATES WON THESE BY - ELECTIONS WITH LES VOTES THAN THEY GOT IN LOOSING THE 2013 GENERAL ELECTIONS. DO THEY REALLY FEEL THAT THE PEOPLE HAVE ACTUALLY ENDORSED THEM? OR THEY ARE COLLECTIVELY TOO STUPID TO READ THE WRITING ON THE WALL????

SHIBOBO - 12 June 2015

Nope! The disgrace is Tsvangison dr tapera. He donated all those seats to zanu pf and then chose to take 6 seats for his surrogates. He is done, done.

Qiniso - 12 June 2015

Nope! The disgrace is Tsvangison dr tapera. He donated all those seats to zanu pf and then chose to take 6 seats for his surrogates. He is done, done.

Qiniso - 12 June 2015

Please leave Morgan alone he never donated anything to zanu Biti and Siphepa did that . They should have contest these elections to keep themselves in parliament . Renewals were flushed down the drain toilet paper and they will never be seen again bye bye

Siginya mbila - 13 June 2015

The elections will be so-called SHAM....but the majority of MDC Formation is out of Zimbabwe Parliament......and the once vibrant opposition fading to the wildernesss....MDC Formation must nit celebrate its dissappearance from Zimbabwean politics.........

silungisani ndlovu - 14 June 2015

Mafume you need to revise your mind coz Tsvangirai did it after you and your team organised a coup and you went and form a new part, MDC Renewal. You are power hungry and selfish. Why didn't you wait for the congress for you to be elected if you felt Morgan had over stayed. Now in your camp there is split again, Mangoma has left to form his and next it might be you.

wemachongwe - 15 June 2015

Mungaendesawo Mafume kuchipatara. Anorwara. akawana mavhoti mangani paelection. Tibvire kumhepo. unongoda kutukana nemunhu wawa kasiya seiko?

mavara azarevhu - 15 June 2015

These pages arent a polling booth! Lest you get excited for nothing.

godfrey gudo - 16 June 2015

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