Masvingo celebrates poll victory Cde Robson Mavhenyengwa

George Maponga Masvingo Bureau

The Zanu PF leadership in Masvingo celebrated President Mnangagwa’s win in last month’s elections, with the ruling party also getting a landslide victory in the National Assembly elections.

ZANU PF held a provincial coordinating committee meeting at Masvingo Teacher’s College where the party leadership congratulated members for a strong electoral performance that saw both President Mnangagwa and ruling party candidates winning against the opposition.

President Mnangagwa garnered 307 000 votes in the province against the 167 000 of Mr Nelson Chamisa of CCC.

In terms of National Assembly seats, Zanu PF bagged 23 seats out of 25 constituencies, losing the Masvingo Urban and Chiredzi Central National Assembly seats only. But all the candidates got a combined 299 000 votes, implying President Mnangagwa got more votes than all of them combined. The proportional representation women’s quota of six split 4-2, and the youth seat went to Zanu PF, giving the party 28 seats to the four of CCC.

The ruling party’s Masvingo provincial chairman, Cde Robson Mavhenyengwa, said: “Today (Saturday) we held a PCC meeting where we took time to celebrate President Mnangagwa’s victory in Masvingo in the August elections and also congratulate our party members for making sure our President and the party won.

“President Mnangagwa defeated Chamisa in the presidential vote in Masvingo and when we also combine the total number of votes — 299 000—that our National Assembly candidates got in the 25 constituencies that were up for grabs, they are less than the 307 000 votes amassed by the President, which shows that our leader is very popular in Masvingo which is also the home province of his main opposition challenger.”

Cde Mavhenyengwa said besides celebrating the victory, the ruling party also stepped up preparations for the Gutu West parliamentary by-election set for November 11.

The by-election will be held to choose the National Assembly representative for the area after voting was suspended when the whole country voted on August 23 after one of the candidates who successfully filed papers to contest the seat as an independent candidate, Mr Christopher Mutonho, died before voting day.

The nomination court will sit on October 10 to receive papers from those wishing to contest for the seat.

“We are raring to go and win Gutu West come November 11. We will no doubt win the seat and further confirm our complete dominance of the political landscape in Masvingo,” said Cde Mavhenyengwa.

Zanu PF will be represented by its Deputy Secretary for Youth Affairs in the Politburo, Cde John Paradza, who was the sitting legislator for the constituency in the last Parliament.

“The PCC discussed about campaigning in Gutu West so that we retain the seat and we agreed that Zanu PF Gutu district must hit the ground running and the whole province will join them later on as elections draw close,” he said.

The PCC meeting also discussed about this year’s annual National People’s Conference set for next month.

“We will discuss the issue of the party conference in full after we have been informed by the national leadership of the party about the venue and delegate composition,” said Cde Mavhenyengwa.

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