MDC-T spokesperson, Obert Gutu yesterday ruled out lending support to any of the opposition or independent candidates contesting against Zanu PF’s Nokuthula Matsikenyere in the forthcoming Chimanimani West by-election slated for November 26.
Our resolution that no reforms, no elections still stands. Thus, we will not be in Chimanimani. Our position is that we follow the party resolution and it is still standing.
PDP secretary-general, Gorden Moyo said his party would decide on whether to support any one of the candidates after a review of the Chimanimani West by-election case,
We review on a case by case basis and see if there is a possibility of cracking Zanu PF. If there is value, we put our pressure, but we have not yet sat down to review this particular case. By-elections are not an important area of focus for our party. While we appreciate cracking Zanu PF, our real focus is on the holistic programme of reforms, that is electoral reforms, State institutions as well as the economic reforms.
Zanu PF’s Matsikenyere will face off Peter Gudyanga (Renewal Democrats of Zimbabwe), Pesanai Musakwa (National Constitutional Assembly) and independent candidate, Edmore Mtetwa. The Chimanimani West seat fell vacant following a Zanu PF decision to expel and subsequently recall former minister, Munacho Mutezo, for fraternising with former Vice-President Joice Mujuru’s Zimbabwe People First (ZimPF) party.