Voters are now clever, Chombo warns Mupfumi

Zanu (PF) voters are not gullible and prospective MPs should not hoodwink them through empty promises, says the national secretary for administration, Ignatius Chombo.


He recently warned the party’s Dangamvura-Chikanga candidate Isau Mupfumi and his campaign team to stop making such promises.

“It is now different. The voters are now very clever. The 2013 wave was different. Anything can happen. You need to have a strong message to win the electorate’s hearts, not to just ride on the name of the party,” said Chombo. “We should look for problems affecting voters and strive hard to address them. We should not over-promise the electorate, but should have sustainable programmes for development,” he added.

The constituency was left vacant following the recalling of Arnold Tsunga from Parliament after his expulsion from the MDC-T for joining Tendai Biti’s Renewal Team. He urged party members to look at past weaknesses and address them so that they lure more votes.

“I heard that Tsunga was not popular and was not visible on the ground, how come he won with more than 3 000 votes? This should be a lesson to every Zanu (PF) cadre that we should not take things for granted,” Chombo warned. “We need to find the real challenges like water provision, road maintenance, paying of Mutare City Council employees’ salaries and street lightning that need addressing.” Mupfumi is battling it out with seven other candidates, Pfugamai Mawire (Mavambo/Kusile/Dawn), Ruramayi Musiiwa (NCA), Piwai Gashirai (Freedom Party), Maxwell Teedzai (Transform Zimbabwe), Chengetai Richard Kadzere (Independent), James Mundenda (Independent) and Kuziva Maundike (Independent).

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