OWEN MATAVA in Kwekwe
Battle lines have been well and truly drawn by ZanuPF contesting members ahead of the coming Kwekwe Central Constituency parliamentary primary election whose date is yet to be announced, midlands news can report.
Each candidate and their followers truly believe they have a chance of increasing their vote share on the election day and the coming primary poll could be the most hotly contested in years in Kwekwe Central.
The constituency was left vacant following the death of MPF party candidate, Masango Matambanadzo who died of suspected poisoning.
ZanuPF 2018 parliamentary losing candidate and shadow MP for Kwekwe Central, Kandros Mugabe faces a stern test as surprise candidate Energy ”Dalla” Ncube has thrown his hat into the ring.
While Mugabe boasts of having delivered most of his promises during and after the last election, he now faces a mountain to climb.
Ncube popularly known as Dalla amongst his peers, is said to be well backed by some political heavyweights and some party youths leaders who have vowed to work tirelessly and ensure that he romps to victory come the election day.
And with the last Kwekwe Constituency primary poll having produced Mugabe a winner, his campaign teams are fighting tooth and nail for every single vote while Dalla is banking on youths and women whom his campaign team say make a bigger number of the electoral college.
“We will be offering voters a range of progressive party programmes, all aimed at realising President Emmerson Mnangagwa’ 2030 vision.
”If elected, will create new jobs in the mining sector for our youths, women and the able men. This will definately help create a vibrant Kwekwe”, said Dalla’ campaign team members who spoke to midlandsnews in confidence.
When reached for a comment the aspiring candidate Dalla dismissed the notion that he was an imposed candidate.
”I did not impose myself and neither did anyone imposed me for the primary election. It is the youths of Kwekwe themselves who are demanding for their share and want a youthful candidate to represent the constituency”, said Dalla.
His likely opponent in the coming party primary election Bishop Mugabe, said he has done a lot for the people of Kwekwe and he was confident the party faithfulls are solidly behind him.
Mugabe described himself as a tried and tested cadre, reliable and a true servant of the people of Kwekwe and with that, he is confident of emerging victorious come the poll day.
However, Mugabe said he is still waiting for the party’ guidance on the coming primary elections.
The ruling party ZanuPF is likely to announce the date of the primary election sometime this year once the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission puts in place a policy on how to conduct elections during the Covid 19 period.
Zec is expected to announce its position once all stakeholders have submitted their input towards the elections guideline policy.
All elections in Zimbabwe were put on hold following the outbreak of the dreaded Covid 19.