Zanu PF retains Chimanimani seat

CHIMANIMANI - Zanu PF candidate Nokuthula Matsikenyere won the Chimanimani by-election with 11 074 votes, beating three other contestants, amid claims the ruling party used violence and all means necessary to retain the seat.

The seat fell vacant after Zanu PF expelled Munacho Mutezo on allegations that he was a member of the former Vice President Joice Mujuru-led Gamatox faction.
The ruling party was desperate to retain the seat after an embarrassing loss to independent candidate Temba Mliswa in Norton on October 22.

In Chimanimani, Matsikenyere was battling it out with independent candidate Edmore Mtetwa, National Constitutional Assembly (NCA) candidate Pesanai Musakaruka and Peter Gugyanga from the Renewal Democrats of Zimbabwe (RDZ).

“It’s done. Zanu PF 11 074, NCA 171, Ind (Independent) 3 018 ,RDZ 183, spoiled 159.

“…We have retained the seat. Congrats to Hon Matsikinyere and the entire Manicaland leadership. The work has just begun#2018,” Zanu PF political commissar Saviour Kasukuwere wrote on his Twitter account soon after the results were released.

Mtetwa complained against Zanu PF ahead of the by-election, claiming the party was using violence to intimidate the electorate.

“The situation is not good here (Joseph) Chinotimba, (Ignatius) Chombo and Kasukuwere were at Nyanyadzi yesterday (Wednesday) promising to beat people if Zanu PF losses the elections,” Mtetwa told the Daily News last week ahead of the by-election.

Civic society organisations also raised the red flag over the manner in which the election process was going on in Chimanimani, proving Zanu PF wanted the seat at all costs.

Zanu PF has won all by-elections except for Norton since the 2013 general elections.

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