Monday, 28 August 2017


Zanu-PF has announced its statement of intent ahead of next year’s harmonised elections, after winning the Nyanga Rural District Council Ward 19 seat, which had been held by MDC-T, in a by-election on Saturday.

The ruling party’s candidate Cde George John Mukoto romped to victory with 606 votes against an independent candidate, Ms Getrude Chigwanda, who had 384 votes.

There were 10 spoiled votes. Ms Chigwanda accepted the results as an outcome of a free and fair election. The ward seat fell vacant following the death of MDC-T councillor Mr Alexander Madanha Muchadeyi in June.

An excited Cde Mukoto thanked zanu-pf members who participated in the election and said he would strive to meet their expectations.

“I am very happy with the results,” he said. “I would like to thank people who participated during the election, especially those who voted for me.

“Generally, the elections were peaceful, save for a few individuals who wanted to take advantage of the election to settle scores.”
Cde Mutoko added: “I can safely say the election was peaceful and the violent incident that occurred was not politically motivated. I will work hard together with other party members and will continue with various projects which are being undertaken here in Nyanga.”

Acting Manicaland Provincial Election Officer, Mr Tompson Tichaona Chiwereweshe, said they never received any report of violence during the election.

“All the polling stations opened on time at exactly 7am and generally the situation was very calm and we did not receive any adverse reports,” he said. “There were no incidents of violence.”
The victory comes at a time when Zanu-PF’s provincial leadership has decided to bury their differences and work for the success of the party.

Zanu-PF provincial secretary for administration, Cde Kenneth Saruchera, welcomed the results and said they were a pointer of what Zanu-PF would do in next year’s harmonised elections.

“The results are a pointer that MDC-T is losing ground in its strongholds,” he said. “This ward was once an MDC-T stronghold, but from what our candidate garnered during last Saturday’s election, it showed that people have regained confidence in Zanu-PF.

“The electorate now realises that Zanu-PF is a party which delivers. The results are also a pointer of what Zanu-PF will do next year. This is the confidence booster we all needed. Victory is certain for Zanu-PF, it is a question of the margin only.”

Cde Saruchera implored the provincial leadership to remain united.
“With unity of purpose, victory is certain,” he said. “We proved this in Nyanga because all the leadership was speaking with one voice. Everyone from the grassroots to the most senior members was working together as a united front and this is something which is very encouraging.

“If the electorate sees us united as the leadership, they will respond accordingly and their confidence in the party will also be restored.”

Cde Saruchera added; “If we work as a team, we will surely win all the 26 seats in Manicaland, including Mutare Central, Musikavanhu and Mutasa Central which are in the hands of MDC-T.
“We should continue working with the grassroots. As leaders, we should also sit down and iron out any differences without washing our dirty linen in public.” Herald


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