11 eye Chivi council seat

A record 11 Zanu (PF) candidates are eying the Chivi ward 14 council seat left vacant following the death of councillor Tranos Mukofa.

The Zimbabwe Electoral Commission ZEC has set September 6 as the day for the by-election.

Masvingo provincial spokesman Godard Dunira told The Zimbabwean the party would not bar anyone from contesting and would soon hold primary elections to come up with one official candidate.

“We are going to give the 11 a chance to show that they have the support of the people. We have not started campaigning because if we do so we will be accused of favouring a certain candidate,” said Dunira. “We are going to wait until we hold our primary elections.”

Meanwhile reports from Chivi say that Zanu (PF) is giving free food to all villages in ward 14, a move condemned by opposition parties as a vote-buying gimmick. Despite the heavy rains hunger continues to tighten its grip as many crops were destroyed by the rains.

MDC-T provincial spokesperson Dusty Zivhavave said his party would embark on a door-to-door campaigning method to address the pertinent issues that are affecting the ward. “We are ready to tell the people why the economy is on its knees,” he said.

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