Zanu PF national political commissar, Engelbert Rugeje’s aides reportedly attacked party supporter Samere ”Majavha“ Makusha for calling out Rugeje. Makusha accused Rugeje of imposing Ringisai Gumbwanda as the candidate for Zaka East. Said Makusha,
I stood up and told PC Rugeje that Zanu PF risks losing Zaka East because the leadership was imposing a candidate, who is not popular at the grassroots. A candidate, who is popular was disqualified under unclear circumstances, while the other one’s name was omitted on the ballot paper. As I was speaking, I was surrounded by five men, two in front and one of them slapped me twice on the cheek. They dragged me to a place behind an anthill while the other guy kept on hitting me with the butt of the gun. They tried, but in vain, to push me to the ground and some party supporters intervened and rescued me. My leg was injured during the attack.
The Zanu-PF primary elections were marred with allegations of rigging and intimidation and some party members have admitted that cheating is part of elections.