MDC Alliance Candidate Blessing Chebundo Challenges Mugabe Party’s Blackman Matambanadzo’s Victory

MDC Alliance losing candidate for the Kwekwe Central National Assembly seat, Mr Blessing Chebundo, has approached the Electoral Court challenging MP-elect Mr Masango Matambanadzo’s victory.

He is accusing National Patriotic Front (NPF)’s Matambanadzo of vote-buying and abusing the logo of the MDC Alliance to win the July 30 elections. Matambanadzo, nicknamed Blackman, won the Kwekwe Central seat after getting 7 578 votes against Chebundo’s 7 127. Chibundo filed an election petition at the Bulawayo High Court through his lawyers Chitere, Chidawanyika and Partners,citing Matambanadzo as the respondent. He is seeking a court order nullifying the results of the July 30 harmonised elections for Kwekwe Central constituency and declaring the National Assembly seat vacant to pave way for a by-election within 90 days.

Chebundo claims Matambanadzo enticed voters mostly in Wards Six, Seven, Eight and Nine by giving them money and handing out food hampers to ensure that they voted for him. He alsso alleges Matambanadzo misled voters by alleging that he was the MDC Alliance candidate for the National Assembly seat in Kwekwe Central whereas Chebundo was the party’s senatorial candidate.

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