Zanu-PF candidate in the recent Norton by-election Ronald Chindedza was imposed by the party’s national commissar Saviour Kasukuwere after losing in primary elections. An internal audio clip of party members leaked to the media revealed that dirty money exchanged hands to inflate votes in favour of Chindedza.
It is alleged in the clip, that which is in possession of The Herald, Chindedza only polled seven votes, but the results were “cooked” at the instigation of Kasukuwere and he ended up having 257 votes. As a result of the imposition, Zanu-PF eventually lost the seat to independent candidate Temba Mliswa.
Kasukuwere switched off his phone yesterday the moment the Herald reporter introduced himself.
One of the people speaking in the clip is believed to be Robert Kahanana who is Zanu-PF Harare deputy provincial chair. Kahanana yesterday did not deny the authenticity of the audio clip. He, however, referred all questions to Zanu-PF Harare provincial secretary for information and publicity Abisha Ushewokunze saying he knew everything that transpired relating to the Norton primary elections.
Zanu-PF secretary for Administration Ignatius Chombo said the party needed to listen to the audio clip before pronouncing itself.