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Zanu PF aspiring MP donates 3,000 cabbages to lure votes

26/10/2016 00:00:00
by Staff Reporter
Confident she will win ... Nokuthula Matsikenyere

ZANU PF supposedly dished out 9,000 housing stands to supporters in Norton days before a by-election in the constituency but still got trounced by an independent candidate despite the land largesse.

The setback has however not deterred Nokuthula Matsikenyere - the ruling party’s candidate for the forthcoming Chimanimani West by election.

The seat was left vacant after the recall of former legislator and deputy energy minister Munacho Mutezo who was expelled from Zanu PF.

“Gone are the days where the ruling party could take voters for granted and make pledges and false promises,” Matsikenyere said in an interview with NewZimbabwe.com.

“Let’s ask what the electorate want and offer those things instead of promising them a bridge where there is no river.

“I have done my homework and as I speak I am donating 3,000 cabbages to primary schools, supplementing the government school feeding programme.”

In Norton, Zanu PF lost to independent candidate Temba Mliswa despite the ruling party making many pledges and deploying the two vice presidents to help with campaigning.

Matsikenyere said the lesson from the Norton debacle for the ruling party was that it “should not impose candidates and ‘foreigners’ in any local by election”.

She won bitterly contested party primary elections in which factionalism featured heavily, pitting the so-called G40 and Lacoste groups.

A claimed Lacoste-loyalist, Matsikenyere said she already has 3,000 votes from her primary election victory the G40-linked Letina Udenge.

She also attacked her rival who is the Zanu PF women league national secretary for administration and wife to energy minister Samuel Undenge.

“She (Letina) thought that having a top position was going to help her. She victimised us, saying that we were not loyal to First Lady Grace Mugabe.

“She said she was number three to the First Lady,” ranted Matsikenyere.

The Chimanimani by election is set for November 26.

Other candidates contesting the elections include Peter Gudyanga of Renewal Democrats of Zimbabwe, Pesanani Musakanuka of the NCA and Edmore Mutetwa, an independent.


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