The Parliamentary elections resulted in the defeat of some very well known politicians from both sides of the aisle. Here is a list of some of the high profile casualties.
The Deputy Minister of Finance and Economic Development Terrence Mukupe was the incumbent legislator for Harare East lost the seat to former Minister of Finance, Tendai Biti. While at the time of publishing, Zec was yet to announce the results, Mukupe had already conceded defeat and passed his congratulations to Biti.
The special adviser to President Emmerson Mnangagwa lost the national assembly seat for Norton to independent legislator Temba Mliswa. Ironically, Mliswa won the seat after winning a by-election following the expulsion of Mutsvangwa from Zanu-PF under the tenure of former president Robert Mugabe. According to Mliswa, Mutsvangwa managed to poll only 4 255 votes to settle for third place, behind Samuel Matemera of MDC Alliance (7850) and a massive 12 000 votes behind Mliswa who polled 16 847.
Minister of Finance and Economic Development Patrick Chinamasa lost the Makoni Central seat to David Tekeshe of the MDC Alliance. Chinamasa polled 9 256 votes which were not good enough to beat Tekeshe’s 12 531.
The Minister of Labour and Social Welfare, Petronella Kagonye was defeated in Goromonzi South by Reuben Chikudo of the MDC Alliance. Kagonye’s 18 821 votes were just over 50 percent of the votes won by Chikudo who had 34 243 votes.
The incumbent legislator for Mount Pleasant, representing Zanu-PF, lost the seat to MDC Alliance candidate Samuel Banda. Banda also defeated independent aspiring member of parliament Fadzayi Mahere. Passade polled 5 295 votes to lose the seat to Banda who polled 9 357.
Former Mines and Mining Development Minister Walter Chidhakwa who was running as an independent for the Zvimba South seat was defeated by Zifa President Phillip Chiyangwa. The election pitted two men who are linked to former president Robert Mugabe. Chiyangwa polled 11 819 votes which were more than double Chidhakwa’s 4856.
Former Harare West legislator Jessie Majome lost the Harare West seat to Joanna Mamombe of the MDC Alliance. Majome withdrew from the MDC-T primary elections and stood as an independent after citing irregularities in the MDC-T primary elections.