GWERU: Zanu PF Midlands is today holding simultaneous primary elections in Gweru and Kwekwe in preparation for by-elections to replace recalled Mkoba MP Amos Chibaya and the late Kwekwe Central MP Masango ‘Blackman’ Matambanadzo.
Midlands Zanu PF spokesperson Cornelius Mupereri has confirmed the development.
“The by-elections are already underway and all is moving smoothly,” Mupereri said.
Mupereri also told a local newspaper this week that voting will be done at cell level to avoid overcrowding amid the covid-19 pandemic.
Five contestants; Charles Simbi, William Gondo, Thomas, Militao, Rosemary Vhundla and Basilton Sikhosana are battling it out for the Mkoba constituency while two contestants; kandros Mugabe and Energy Ncyube are chasing the Kwekwe central sit.
Prior to the election, Mugabe decried an ‘uneven’ campaign ground saying some members from the opposing camp where making it difficult for his team to campaign freely. He however pledged to support Dhala if he wins.
Seven polling stations have been set for the Mkoba by-election and these are Crisis Center (Ward 7), Bumburwi Primary School (Ward 9), Club House (Ward 10), Chikumbiro Primary (Ward 12), Mkoba Secondary (Ward 13), Takawira Primary School (Ward 15) and Antonio Tuckshop (Ward 16).
Mberengwa is also holding a similar exercise with Malibongwe Zhou, Vusani Ndlovu, Pedzisai Zhou, Timirirashe Shumba, Panic Ngwenya and Ozia Maphosa battling it out to replace a sit that fell vacant following the death of councilor Torai matutu two weeks ago.
The primary elections are underway amid an indefinite postponement of by-election 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.