Zanu-PF to elect Kwekwe Central by-election candidate this weekend

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OWEN MATAVA in Kwekwe

The battle to represent Zanu-PF in the forth-coming Kwekwe Central Constituency parliarmentary by-election has reached fever pitch, after the ruling party announced Monday it will hold the party’ primary election this coming weekend, midlands news can reveal.

Addressing a Zanu-PF inter-district meeting in Kwekwe, the party’ provincial spokesperson, Cornelius Mpereri told thousands of the ruling party followers that the department of Commissariat has directed that the primary election be held during the weekend of October 3-4.

He added that interested candidates are also required to submit their CVs for vetting before October 1.

“We have been directed by the department of Commissariat that we hold the Kwekwe Central Constituency parliarmentary primary election this coming weekend.

“I therefore call upon all interested candidates to submit their CVs for consideration before Thursday, October 1.

“We urge you all to campaign peacefully and in a revolutionary manner”, Mpereri said to the thundering of the party followers.

While the final list of candidates is yet to be announced, it is widely expected that youthful and surprise candidate Energy ‘Dalla’ Ncube who now seems to command a lot of support from the youths and women, is expected to fight against Zvipo zvemweya church Bishop, Kandros Mugabe who has vowed will beat Dalla for the sole ticket to represent ZanuPF.

Although he lost, Mugabe is reportedly banking on his previous performance during the 2018 harmonised elections in which he represented ZanuPF as its Kwekwe Central parliamentary candidate.

The latest development comes barely a month after the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission announced it has officially lifted the ban on electoral activities.

The electoral commission had in March this year suspended all elections due to Covid 19.

Several by-elections are due following the death of incumbents and the recalling of half-a-dozen MDC Alliance MPs and councillors by the rival MDC-T party led by Thokozani Khupe and Douglas Mwonzora.

Chigumba said political activities would resume on October 7 with the Nomination Court set to sit on October 9.

Zec chairperson said they would take steps to protect voters from contracting the coronavirus, which causes the respiratory illness Covid-19. The virus has killed at least 218 people from over 7,300 infections in Zimbabwe.

Judith Tobaiwa, former Minister of Health, Henry Madzorera and former Kwekwe Central MP, Blessing Chebundo are set lock horns in the battle to represent MDC Alliance.

The candidates for the other political parties including MDC T are still not known although the Khupe led MDC T said it will field a candidate for the Kwekwe Central Constituency by- election.

Kwekwe Central Constituency was left vacant following the death of MP Masango ‘Blackman’ Matambanadzo.

Matambanadzo won the seat in 2018 under MPF party and he became the party’s only MP in the country.

He won against MDC Alliance’, Blessing Chebundo, Kandros Mugabe of ZanuPF and independent candidate and lawyer Josiniah Maupa.