Opposition party MDC is confident of winning the Bikita Ward 31 by-election if the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (ZEC) maintains a level playing field.
The by-election is set for this Saturday (today) and comes following the death of Zanu PF councillor Patrick Marozhe on April 15 this year.
Moses Maphosa is standing for the MDC Alliance while Thomas Mataga will stand for ZANU PF.
Speaking to Southern Eye on Friday, MDC secretary for elections Jacob Mafume said:
We have done two rallies there and our teams worked throughout last weekend to drum up support.
We are confident that if Zec is impartial, independent and does not allow people to be intimidated, does not allow people to be bought, (does not allow) assisted voters to multiply, food to be distributed on election day, then we will win the Bikita by-election.
MDC organising secretary Amos Chibaya said that the people of Zimbabwe want to change due to the hardships they are enduring. He said:
Prices of basic commodities continue to skyrocket. There is no shop that sells cheap things to Zanu PF supporters. We all buy in expensive shops. So, even Zanu PF supporters are also feeling the pain. They want change.
We won the seat before, so we are taking it back. In fact, we have plans to win all the other by-elections in future.
ZANU PF spokesperson scoffed at the MDC and said that his party is prepared to win.
MDC held the seat from 2008 to 2013 when it lost it to Zanu PF.