GOKWE: Zanu PF has won the Gokwe-Kabuyuni by-election after its candidate, Spenser Tshuma polled 10 727 votes against CCC’s Costin Muguti who polled 4800 votes
“By the powers vested in me, I dully declare Tshuma Spencer the winner of this by-election,” announced ZEC Gokwe-Kabuyuni elections officer Kudzai Nkomo this morning
The elections governing board also said the polls progressed in a peaceful manner as there were no incidences of disorderly conduct recorded as was the situation prior to the by-election
“I am glad that everything went well. We did not receive any incidents of violence in all the 53 polling stations,” said ZEC Spokesperson Commissioner Jasper Maphosa.
The ZANU PF party says the victory is significant as it proves that the implemented mobilisation strategy is bearing the desired results.
“This victory shows that we are energized as a party. It’s also a reflection that President Mangwana is loved across the country. He is the people’s President and come 2023 it will be a whitewash in favour of us,” ZANU PF Provincial Chairperson Senator Larry Mavhima said.
CCC however says the election has been stolen through unorthodox campaigning used by ZANU PF though the party thanked its supporters for braving up to challenge the ruling party regardless of the challenges they face during election time.
“A salute to brave citizens and change champions in Gokwe-Kabuyuni. This was a good fight, a learning moment and it’s a process. We are doing well against all odds. We continue excelling. We must deal with fear, forced voting, and abuse of traditional leaders. We will win big,” wrote CCC President Nelson Chamisa on his Twitter page
Regardless of the fact that the 2023 election is around the corner, Tshuma made several promises to the constituency which in a way may need to see him work in bolt speed to accomplish his election promises
“I want to promise a better life for the people of Gokwe Kabuyuni. What we have been doing in drilling boreholes and constructing dams will continue as we go forward. The roads will be maintained as and when the need arises. This is what the President wants to see happening in constituencies,” Tshuma said.
The Gokwe Kabuyuni legislative seat fell vacant following the death of Leonard Chikomba in a car accident in May this year.