MDC Alliance stalwarts Saturday lost in party primary elections to elect party representative in the by-elections scheduled for December to find a replacement to former Kwekwe Central parliamentary seat left vacant by legislator Masango Matambanadzo of National Patriotic Front who died in June this year.
The race was won by Judith Tobaiwa, MDC alliance deputy national youth assembly treasurer, who garnered 1 328 votes.
Meanwhile, former MP for the constituency, Blessing Chebundo was at a distant second with 496 votes while former Health Minister in the inclusive government, Henry Madzorera managed a paltry 43 votes.
Lastly, Edmore Marongwe got 22 votes. The party’s deputy Midlands spokesperson, Searchmore Muringani told the Standard that he was convinced the Nelson Chamisa led MDC outfit would win the parliamentary seat. He said:
All our candidates accepted the vote results.
There was no violence. all supporters are now headed to win the seat at the ZeC (Zimbabwe electoral Commission) elections.
We were united in the exercise of today and we showed the world we are the opposite of Zanu-PF.
People are yearning for change in Kwekwe and we will deliver it with guidance from president Chamisa.
Meanwhile, it is not clear whether the by-elections will be held or not although both ZANU PF and MDC Alliance have since held internal elections to choose their representatives.
This comes after the minister of Health and Child Care, Vice president Constantino Chiwenga recently suspended by-elections indefinitely citing COVID-19.
The election management body, the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (ZEC) also confirmed the suspension.
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