More than 50 candidates to contest in the province

By Farai Chikore


CHINHOYI – More than 50 candidates were duly nominated to contest in
Mashonaland West’s 22 constituencies.
Since more than one candidate were nominated in all of the Mashonaland West
constituencies, the winners will be determined by the electorate when they vote on
August 23, 2023.
Some candidates are jostling to defend their current seats while others are
competing to gain entry to into Parliament.
The contenders will now scramble to win the hearts of the electorate, who will vote
during the harmonised elections.
The candidates crammed into a humid corridor at the Chinhoyi Court D to line up
and submit their nomination forms.
Mashonaland West Zimbabwe Elections Provincial Officer, Austin Ndhlovu, and
security staff had a tough time calling politicians to order in the court as some
aspiring candidates were noisy, as they jostled for positions on their political party
Senate list.
In an interview Deputy Minister of Lands, Agriculture, Fisheries, Water and Rural
Development, Vangelis Haritatos, said he will return Muzvezve Constituency to Zanu
PF, despite delimitation changes that split his farm in half, with Mhondoro-Ngezi
Constituency being the beneficiary.
The former Minister of Mines, Walter Chidhakwa, filed his nomination papers
targeting Zvimba South constituency as an independent candidate.
Most of the candidates from Zanu PF and opposition parties were offering similar
pledges, saying the country needs honest and responsible candidates, to get
through economic shockwaves.
Norton Member of Parliament, Temba Mliswa, caused a stir at Chinhoyi Nomination
Court, when he arrived escorted by traditional Nyau dancers. The Zimbabwe
Republic Police anti-riot squad to step in to clear the dancers.

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