GWERU: William Gondo will represent ZANU PF in the upcoming Mkoba constituency by elections after trouncing four other candidates that were contesting to represent the party on the seat.
The seat fell vacant following the recall of the constituency’s legislator Amos Chibaya by the Khupe led MDC as she gained access to the opposition’s echelons through a contested Supreme Court ruling.
Chibaya has however vowed to humiliate the ruling party candidate through either victory through the courts since through the MDC Alliance; they have challenged his recall through the courts or ‘if it comes to the worst’ through a by-election.
“As far as I know I am still the incumbent MP. We have challenged the recall through the courts and until the matter is resolved, I remain the elected representative for the constituency.
“However, in case we are forced to go for a by election if things turn out otherwise, I will humiliate whosoever candidate they field against me as I will definitely win six folded just as in the previous election,” Chibaya said.
Gondo got 358 votes with Charles Simbi come second after obtaining 287 votes. Other contestants; Thomas Militao, Rosemary Vhundla and Basilton Sikhosana got 41, 43 and zero votes respectively.
25 votes were spoilt and a total of 729 votes were cast.
Meanwhile, Kwekwe central primary elections were suspended following violent eruption over which voter’s roll was to be used.
Some voters insisted to use cell registers in the election while others, election presiding officers included were insisting on using the 2018 voter’s roll.
The Gweru by-election however used the 2018 voters roll with no violence recorded in the process.
Meanwhile, the primary elections were conducted amid an indefinite postponement of by-elections by vice president Constantino Chiwenga, who is also the Health Minister. He amended the 2020 Public Health Regulations and suspended all by-elections the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (ZEC) had scheduled for 5 December citing the Covid-19 pandemic.