Zanu-PF goes for broke in Bikita West by-election

Cde Kasukuwere

Cde Kasukuwere

Lloyd Gumbo Senior Reporter
Zanu-PF has lined up a number of rallies in Bikita West ahead of the by-elections set for January 21.

Party leaders from the country’s 10 provinces are expected to descend on Bikita West beginning tomorrow to garner support for the Zanu-PF candidate, Cde Beauty Chabaya.

Acting President Cde Phelekezela Mphoko will then address a star rally on Wednesday next week that comes after another successful star rally addressed by Vice President Emmerson Mnangagwa last week.

VP Mnangagwa, who was the Acting President during that time, unveiled Cde Chabaya as the party candidate before thousands of Zanu-PF supporters.

Zanu-PF national political commissar Cde Saviour Kasukuwere, who accompanied VP Mnangagwa to the constituency, said the revolutionary party was going for broke to ensure it won the polls.

“The opposition stand no chance against the Zanu-PF machinery and we are on the ground,” said Cde Kasukuwere. “The party has lined up several rallies beginning this Thursday and will be addressed by MPs and party leaders from all our provinces.

“This is meant to support our party structures in Masvingo who are already on top of the situation. We will hold meetings at each and every polling station with party supporters and ascertain that they are registered.

“Acting President Mphoko will hold a final star rally on Wednesday next week in the constituency.

“The party youth and women leagues will be descending on Bikita and will be joined by war veterans. We will leave no stone unturned.”

The by-election is the first poll that Zimbabwe People First fronted by former Vice President Dr Joice Mujuru will be contesting since formation of the party recently.

ZimPF is now courting leaders of other opposition parties, principally MDC-T leader Mr Morgan Tsvangirai, to address a joint rally with Dr Mujuru to garner support for her party candidate, Mr Kudakwashe Gopo.

But there are indications that the MDC-T was divided over whether or not to join Dr Mujuru at the rally.

Some MDC-T officials want Dr Mujuru to lose to cripple her bargaining power in the mooted coalition.

Cde Kasukuwere said Zanu-PF was not losing sleep over ZimPF and its “strange bedfellows MDC-T”.

“ZimPF is not a political party,” he said. “It is a grouping of angry, expired politicians who are no longer relevant. They are also expecting a hand from an equally failed MDC. It’s two weak teams trying to join each other and hope to make a difference.

“Above all, they are strange bedfellows trying an impossible marriage. They cannot work together and will never succeed.”

Also eyeing the constituency are MDC-T proxy independent candidate Mr Heya Shoko, who once won the constituency on the party ticket in 2008, National Constitutional Assembly representative, Mr Madock Chivasa, Progressive Democrats of Zimbabwe’s Mr Terrence Makumbo and another independent candidate, Mr Innocent Muzvimbiri.

The seat fell vacant after the incarceration of Dr Munyaradzi Kereke last year for rape.

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  • Gary WekuZviyambe

    Kucharohwa munhu gore rino!

    • Time-up

      Hakuna akasungirirwa mavoko kumusana. Besides, mvura iri kunaya vanhu ve Bikita West vari kumunda

  • N. Sithole

    How I wish the energy and resources that the revolutionary party channels towards election campaigns could also be channeled towards reviving the economy and dealing with corruption.

  • teknon

    Chirungu chakauya nengarava shuwa, goes for broke i thot it meant yachoboka kkkkkk

    • Amai Mandigona

      We all learn every day . The title is correct

      Here is a lesson for you mate

      go for broke, to exert oneself or employ one’s resources to the utmost.

      • teknon

        thank you Amai, to be honest this is my first time to hear such an expression.

    • Amai Mandigona

      go for broke, to exert oneself or employ one’s resources to the utmost.

  • Udegazvangu Ufunge

    To call the whole village to wade off a single fly means the fly is mightier.

  • Columbus Nyamande

    Sad Comrade Kasukuwere is spending energy talking about other parties instead of dwelling on what ZANU PF will do for the electorate when voted into power. Zimbabwean politics has become a big yawn. What’s the motivation that you are taking to the electorate to vote for you instead of going about dissing your opponents.

  • zimbotry

    Should read “ZanuPF is Broke” as is our country due to their incompetance