Zanu PF members bury their differences ahead of Chimanimani West by-election

ZANU-PF losing candidates in the Chimanimani West by-election yesterday threw their weight behind party candidate Nokuthula Matsikenyere saying they were now focusing on the bigger picture of ensuring a resounding victory for the revolutionary party in the November 26 polls. Matsikenyere won the right to represent Zanu-PF in primary elections held in September in a by-election called to fill the seat left vacant by Engineer Munacho Mutezo, who was expelled from Zanu-PF for his continued association with Zimbabwe People First leader Dr Joice Mujuru.

The losing candidates in the Zanu-PF primaries were Letina Undenge, Tarsin Dube and John Gwitira.

In an interview with The Herald, Undenge who wife to Zanu-PF provincial chairperson for Manicaland province and Energy Minister, Samuel Undenge, said,

We are supporting the party and not the candidate. The victory is not for her alone. We have been holding a number of campaign activities together. Once primary elections are over, the fight ceases to belong to one person but is for the whole party. Primary elections are just a process to select a candidate and not a war.

To demonstrate her support for Matsikenyere, Undenge attended a certificate handover ceremony at Wengezi at the weekend where more than 100 villagers were awarded for successfully attending a quail-bird rearing course.

Dube echoed the same sentiments saying his determination was to ensure that Zanu-PF wins. He said a person who worked against the interests of Zanu-PF was not a true cadre. Although The Herald could not reach Gwitira for a comment, he attended a meeting convened by the party’s national political commissar, Saviour Kasukuwere, last week to introduce Matsikenyere as the party’s official candidate.

More: Herald

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