MDC-T will reclaim Kwekwe Central: Chebundo

The MDC-T party, which lost the July 31 election to Zanu (PF), says it will reclaim the Kwekwe Central seat.

Former MP Blessing Chebundo.
Former MP Blessing Chebundo.

Former MP Blessing Chebundo said supporters felt cheated in the last polls were now determined to work hard to turn around their fortunes.

Chebundo’s optimism follows a recent High Court order for a re-run of the election in the constituency. He had challenged the loss, citing a host of irregularities in the July poll in the area. At the time, Zanu (PF)’s Masango Matambanadzo was declared the winner, in a result that became the first for his party since the formation of the MDC-T in 1999.

Chebundo defeated Zanu (PF) legal affairs secretary Emmerson Mnangagwa twice in the constituency. Mnangagwa had to relocate to Chirumanzu-Zibagwe in 2008 to avoid further humiliation in the mining town.

However, in the last elections, Matambanadzo won in unclear circumstances, forcing Chebundo to lodge a legal challenge which nullified the result.

Represented by lawyer Nomore Hlabano, Chebundo cited irregularities in the voters’ roll and other untoward practices, convincing High Court judge Andrew Mutema to overturn Matambanadzo’s claimed victory.

In an interview, Chebundo told The Zimbabwean*** that he was confident that the MDC-T supporters would rise to the occasion and reclaim the area. “There is a great sense of determination by MDC-T supporters that they will come out in in bigger numbers this time around so that even if Zanu (PF) turns to rigging once again, the scheme will fail,” he said.

“All the alleged Zanu (PF) systems of rigging are now known. We will all be out to guard against them and I am hopeful MDC-T will deservedly reclaim its Kwekwe Central seat.”

Chebundo’s victory in the courts became the first for his party, which lodged 39 petitions against their candidates’ losses in July.

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