In a by-election held in Kadoma’s Ward 2 on Saturday, the wife of a jailed MDC councillor beat the ZANU PF candidate to retain the seat for the opposition party.
Svorai Chiwara was declared the winner having garnered 782 votes against 381 for Lloyd Nyambo of Zanu PF.
The former councillor, Michael Gore, who is Chiwara’s husband, was sentenced to four years in jail on allegations of setting on fire ZANU PF offices in Kadoma during January’s ShutDownZim.
Reports indicate that ZANU PF members went amok on polling day, at Rimuka 1 School which was one of the polling centres.
MDC councillor and Kadoma deputy mayor, Tendayi Kokera was reportedly assaulted by suspected ZANU PF members and State security agents. Said Kokera:
I was beaten by Zanu PF youths with sjamboks. They were also wielding machetes. I reported the matter to the police. The security agents were involved because I saw some of them in suspicious vehicles.
However, the ZANU PF losing candidate blamed Gore for the violence. He claimed that Gore was released on polling day.