Hurungwe West leads in political tension

The political situation ahead of the June 10 by-elections is “very tense” in Hurungwe West, but relatively calm in other constituencies, according to Heal Zimbabwe Trust.


Former Zanu (PF) provincial chairperson, Temba Mliswa, is battling out with the ruling party candidate, Keith Guzha.

Mliswa, who was recently expelled for his ties with former Vice President, Joice Mujuru, has rattled Zanu (PF) by his decision to run as an independent after his Hurungwe West seat was declared vacant.

The outspoken former MP has been arrested on different charges but one of them, illegally possessing firearms, has already collapsed.

Mliswa’s victory in the by-election would boost the ratings of the Mujuru camp, most of whose senior members have already been expelled from Zanu (PF).

HZT said Guzha has been intimidating voters and called on the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (ZEC) to investigate the electoral violations.

However, there is relative peace in Tsholotsho (Matebeleland North), Headlands (Manicaland) and Wedza North in Mashonaland East, according to a survey done by HZT.

In Headlands, the trust accused the candidate, Christopher Chingosho, of vote buying by promising top give $100 to each ward chairperson for campaign purposes, in addition to donating rice and basic commodities.

In Tsholotsho, Jonathan Moyo, the candidate who is also information minister, reportedly told voters that he would give them maize only after the by-election, accusing them of failing to vote him in the 2013 general elections.

David Musabayana who is contesting on a Zanu (PF) ticket in Wedza North, said HZT, told villagers that they would not get food aid and agricultural inputs if they did not vote him.

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