Bekithemba Nyathi, a member of the newly-formed Citizens’ Coalition for Change has withdrawn from March 26, 2022, by-election. In a letter seen by Pindula News, Nyathi wrote to the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (ZEC) indicating that he had also notified the party. Said Nyathi in the letter:
RE: WITHDRAWAL OF my CANDIDATURE FROM THE WARD 9 COUNCIL BY-ELECTION DUE IN MARCH 2022
I take the opportunity to inform and notify you of my decision not contest the ward 9 Council by-elections which are scheduled for March 2022. I hereby withdraw my candidature and please be advised not to include my name in the ballot for the by-election due in March 2022.
I have since advised my party loy of the same.
It was reported yesterday that the CCC submitted double candidates to stand in at least two municipal by-elections in Bulawayo, exposing differences in the party’s top echelons.
The four candidates were accepted by the nomination court sitting in Bulawayo in Wards 9 and 26 ahead of the by-elections set for March 26.
Nyathi is a former member of the People’s Rainbow Coalition (PRC), a defunct party that was led by former Vice President Joyce Mujuru.
Bekithemba Nyathi contested for Pelandaba Constituency in 2018.