Mthwakazi Republic Party (MRP) blamed lack of resources and vote-buying by the ruling ZANU PF party for its poor showing in the Lupane East by-election held over the weekend.
The seat was retained by ZANU PF after its candidate, Mbongeni Dube garnered 6 369 votes while his closest rival Dalumuzi Khumalo (MDC-Alliance) polled 4 505 votes.
MRP’s candidate Andrew Tshaba received only 81 votes.
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Speaking to NewZimbabwe.com, MRP president Mqondisi Moyo vowed to continue to challenge the ruling party over the 1980s Gukurahundi genocide. He said:
As MRP, we will continue to expose and challenge Zanu PF terrorism against our people as we believe we are the only solution to the Mthwakazi woes.
The same Zanu PF which unleashed genocide in Lupane and other areas in Mthwakazi is still at the helm and unrepentant.
Actually, due to lack of resources our campaign team only campaigned in Lupane for two weeks before the election.
… The parcelling out of resources of Lupane East will still continue by Zanu PF and we know that people still vote for Zanu PF because of the fear that was instilled in them through the genocide.
The ruling party still deceive our people by giving them hand-outs during elections in the form of maize meal thereby abusing state resources.
The secessionist party leader claimed that the area’s marginalisation will continue after the election. Moyo bemoaned the deployment of Shona civil servants in the Ndebele-dominated area.