GWERU: The ZANU PF Midlands provincial leadership has announced results for local authorities’ primary elections with the party’s leadership urging officials to work in liaison for the good of the party in the upcoming by-elections.
Concluding their primaries recently, ZANU-PF chairperson for Midlands Province, Sen Larry Mavhima took time to announce winners while urging supporters to ‘…be united and rally behind selected candidates.’
In the Midlands Province, Mkoba, Mberengwa South, Mbizo, Kwekwe Central, and Gokwe are the constituencies up for grabs in the oncoming by-elections.
These were won by William Gondo, Tasara Hungwe, Vongaishe Mupereri, John Mapurazi, and Daveson Masvisvi respectively.
Vacant posts for local authorities were 10 and these comprised of Ward 2 (Gweru), Ward 3 (Shurugwi), Ward 1 (Chirumhanzu South), Ward 25 (Mberengwa South), Ward 5 (Mbizo), Ward 9 (Kwekwe Central), Ward 3 (Chirumhanzu South), Ward 34 (Mberengwa West) Ward 8 (Kwekwe Central) and Ward 23 (Gokwe Nembudiya).
The winning candidates were, Elanda Shoko, Reward Chivi, Juliet Mjandu, Pedzisai Zhou, Happyday Chirima, Shylet Banda, Crispen Chiuta, John Tshuma, Edu Mlambo, and Sylvester Mukute respectively.
In the Midlands province, ZANU PF conducted primary elections for 3 vacant parliamentary seats after two other candidates sailed through unopposed.
In the local authority elections, primary elections were held for 11 vacant seats with two additional candidates sailing through unopposed.
The ZANU PF party’s leadership which oversaw the conducting of the elections commended the Midlands province for being organized with all candidates urged to work in unity for the good of the party.
“We have seen that the local leadership means business when it comes to conducting elections. We are very happy that everything went smoothly with absolutely no incidents of violence.
“Whenever there is contestation, disputes are bound to be there but these will not likely be going to change the results. What is important as we move forward is to rally behind the candidates who have made it in these elections so that they win the by-elections resoundingly,” Midlands Province Elections directorate team leader, Lovemore Matuke.
“We want to put our eyes on the 2023 ball and the time is now. 2023 is around the corner and let’s give president Mnangagwa the much-needed five million votes,” Matuke also said.
The primary elections were in preparation for the by-elections slated for the 26th of next month.
Meanwhile, Nelson Chamisa has renamed MDC Alliance to the Citizen Coalition for Change (CCC) in a move possibly meant to have his candidates file for nomination court without legal battles that have of late witnessed a lot of infighting within the party.