Zanu PF strengthens electoral grip on Manicaland
Mutare (New Ziana) – The ruling Zanu PF party has won 21 out of 26 parliamentary seats in the just-ended general elections in Manicaland province, two more than it attained in the 2018 elections.
In the 2018 elections, Zanu PF won 19 seats, out of the 26, with the defunct opposition MDC-Alliance taking the remaining seven.
But in Wednesday’s elections, this time around, Zanu PF only lost five constituencies, three of them in urban areas where the opposition draws most of its support.
All the five were won by the Citizens Coalition for Change (CCC) party.
Dangamvura Constituency’s Zanu PF candidate, Clide Jani who garnered 6 343 votes lost to Prosper Mutseyami of CCC who got 17 000 votes.
In Chikanga Constituency, Kenneth Muchina of Zanu PF managed to bag 3 853 and lost to Lynette Karenyi of CCC who got 14 237 votes.
Mutare Central went to CCC’s Brian James with 15 628 votes against businessman cum politician Isau Mupfumi who garnered 5 010 votes.
Chipinge South was lost to Clifford Hlatswayo of CCC who had 11 039 votes against Enock Porusingazi of Zanu PF with 8 090 votes.
In Makoni Central, Shepherd Nyika of Zanu PF lost to Patrick Sagandira of CCC after bagging 8 503 against 9 644 votes.
Misheck Mugadza of Mutasa South, Chido Sanyatwe of Nyanga North, Joshua Sacco of Chimanimani East managed to retain their seats in the National Assembly.
In his message to the electorate, businessman Isau Mupfumi applauded the support he got from the party leadership and party structures, and pledged to continue working hard for a better and brighter Zimbabwe.
“I would like to express my heartfelt thanks to everyone who voted for me in the just ended harmonized elections. I greatly appreciate your support, faith and confidence in me but the outcome was unexpected after all the efforts. I extend my sincere thanks to the campaign teams, loyal supporters, party leadership and all party structures. Many of you spent hundreds of hours contributing to the campaign and I sincerely thank each of you.
“Lets not be discouraged by the outcome, we will continue working with you and remain supportive as always,” said Mupfumi in a statement.
Zimbabwe Electoral Commission Manicaland provincial elections officer, Thompson Chiwereweshe said the electoral process went very well despite earlier logistical glitches.
“The process went on very well and peace was prevailing in the province. On behalf of the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission, I would like to extend my appreciation to our stakeholders, voters and political parties for the unity of purpose and discipline exuded during the election period. Elections come and go but at the end of the day we remain Zimbabweans,” he said.