Zanu-PF won the Lupane East by-election this weekend by a considerable margin. The Zanu-PF candidate Mbongeni Dube got 6,369 votes against the MDC candidate’s 4,505. Zanu-PF effectively retained the seat which they had won in the July 2018 elections.
Here are some select reactions from Twitter:
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LUPANE B. ELECTION :
Mdc shd not take the economic melt down of the country as their only vehicle for compaign. A lot has to be done to change the mindset of rural folks.
— khulani Mpofu (@KuraiMusiiwa) August 4, 2019
— mmatigari (@matigary) August 4, 2019
I can confirm that ZANUPF and @MthuliNcube have withheld money lawfully due to the #MDC . This is just another facet in a flawed electoral process. Another is the flagrant use of State resources by ZANUPF in full view of @ZECzim which turned a blind eye to it. https://t.co/OMiM5FNUUW
— David Coltart (@DavidColtart) August 4, 2019
Before Morgan Tsvangirai got really ill, we had started on a journey that wld have helped MDC make data-driven decisions. We still have time folks. Lupane should be a wake up call. We should embrace technology, it is cheaper and more efficient – ask Obama!
— Freeman (@freemanchari) August 4, 2019
Now MDC is accused of failing to intimidate people or buy votes in villages? I give up. Wish these keyboard analysts understand how ZANU operate in villages pic.twitter.com/DR9sJKZsa6
— Takura (@Takura86) August 4, 2019
If you are saying rural folk rely on you for everything and shouldn't choose government then you clear are not giving them enough because how come they are being bought by so little?
Havana hama here vanhu ava?
Tumiraizve mbeu kumusha vagute.
— Taita Kudzi (@kedukudzi) August 4, 2019
Remember those stone ovens? Funny huh. Keep laughing.
LUPANE EAST BY- ELECTIONS RESULTS RESULTS FOR 61 of 62 POLLING STATIONS.
ZANU PF- *6038*
MDC – *4274*
— Kuda Musasiwa 🇿🇼 (@begottensun) August 4, 2019
The Lupane By-Election result in which ZANUPF retained the seat confirms my argument that the MDC needs grassroots structures. That is the only way they can start winning in rural areas. Rural folk won’t vote for candidates who only appear when its election time!Grassroots or die pic.twitter.com/fV7R8XTC62
— Hopewell Chin’ono (@daddyhope) August 4, 2019
A statistical analysis of the Lupane East by-election result shows that the MDC improved its vote from the 2018 election. It lost but it reduced the margin of loss significantly. In 2018 it lost by more than 2000 votes but now its 1634. It means @JMafume is on right direction! pic.twitter.com/dW6pWtjy4Z
— Pedzisai Ruhanya (@PedzisaiRuhanya) August 4, 2019
Zanu pf has been consistent in doing the following:
— Mbuya Gudo from dotito (@MamoyoT) August 4, 2019