…As CCC bags Kwekwe and Mbizo Constituencies
OWEN MATAVA in Kwekwe
Judith Tobaiwa a Citizens Coalition for Change (CCC) parliamentary candidate for Kwekwe Central Constituency has made history as the first female MP of Kwekwe since independence in 1980 after winning the sole ticket to Parliament in a by-election held yesterday, midlandsnews can reveal.
Tobaiwa a CCC Youth Assembly National Executive member beat 3 other contestants in John Mapurazi of ZanuPF, Mbekezeli Ndlovu of MDC-A and Tafadzwa Lenin Dzingire of UZA.
Judith the daughter of former Kwekwe Mayor, Shadreck Tobaiwa polled 6639 votes against Mapurazi’ 2883 while Dzingire and Ndlovu got 165 and 145 votes respectively.
Tobaiwa won the right to represent CCC after beating former GNU Health Minister, Dr Henry Madzorera and former MP for Kwekwe Central, Blessing Chebundo who has since defected to ZanuPF.
Kwekwe became vacant following the death of National Patriotic Front (NPF) elected MP, Masango Matambanadzo who died in July 2020 due to a suspected poisoning.
Judith’ close opponent Mapurazi of ZanuPF was catapulted into the race following the disqualification of 2 popular candidates in Energy Dalla Ncube and Kandros Mugabe following allegations of bringing the name of their party ZanuPF into disrepute.
Meanwhile Settlement Chikwinya of Citizens Coalition for Change has won the right to represent Mbizo Constituency in Parliament after beating close contestant Vongaishe Mpereri of ZanuPF.
ZEC announced Chikwinya polled 6780 votes against Mpereri’ 3008 votes. MDC-A’ Eventhough Brave Mapfumo came a distant third with 135 votes followed by Glady Gamuchirai Mutunami of UZA who got 87 votes. Lovemore Chibukwe, UDA polled 70 votes while 36 votes were deemed spoilt.
Tobaiwa and Chikwinya could not immediately reached for a comment.