Zanu-PF has won the Chimanimani West by-elections. The votes have been counted and announced this morning.
- Zanu-PF : 11,074
- Independent : 3,018
- Renewal Democrats of Zimbabwe: 183
- National Constitutional Assembly: 171
- Spoiled: 159
This effectively makes Nokuthula Matsikenyere the new legislator for Chimanimani West, replacing former Zanu PF legislator Munacho Mutezo who was expelled from Zanu-PF for being Zimbabwe People First member while still a Zanu PF MP. Mutezo was initially suspended and then eventually expelled in August this year.
Zanu-PF was been accused of vote buying and voter intimidation in the run-up to the by-election.
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Independent candidate Edmore Mtetwa has claimed that the ruling party is using dirty tricks to win the seat ahead of the by-election slated for November 26.
In an interview with NewsDay Mtetwa said Zanu PF was using food aid to buy votes in the area. Last Friday, Zanu PF national political commissar Saviour Kasukuwere and Environment minister Oppah Muchinguri toured the constituency where they dished out food items to villagers.
Zanu PF candidate, Matsikenyere, however, dismissed the allegations saying that there was no vote-buying and that she distributed her own rice. She said that she did not know how the issue of maize was handled since it was for the vulnerable.
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Zanu PF’s candidate for the forthcoming Chimanimani West by election, Nokuthula Matsikenyere, donated 3 000 cabbages to lure voters ahead of the election. The Chimanimani West seat fell vacant after Munacho Mutezo who was expelled from Zanu PF.
Speaking to NewZimbabwe.com, Matsikenyere said,
Gone are the days where the ruling party could take voters for granted and make pledges and false promises. Let’s ask what the electorate want and offer those things instead of promising them a bridge where there is no river. I have done my homework and as I speak I am donating 3,000 cabbages to primary schools, supplementing the government school feeding programme.
Other candidates contesting the elections include Peter Gudyanga of Renewal Democrats of Zimbabwe, Pesanani Musakanuka of the NCA and Edmore Mutetwa, an independent. The Chimanimani by election is set for November 26.