KWEKWE: MDC Alliance’s Blessing Chebundo challenges Blackman’s victory; constituency won by Mugabe-backed NPF

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By Kwekwe Correspondent

OPPOSITION MDC Alliance’s Blessing Chebundo has filed a court application challenging his defeat in Kwekwe Central Constituency during the July 30 elections.

Chebundo was narrowly edged by Masango Matambanadzo, also known as Blackman, of the opposition NPF party which is backed by former president Robert Mugabe.

Matambanadzo, with 7,578 votes, secured a razor-thin victory against Chebundo’s 7,122.

The latter confirmed challenging the outcome to

“It is true we have filed a court application to challenge the Kwekwe Central Parliamentary election results,” Chebundo said without elaborating on the reasons for the court application.

However, Matambanadzo, speaking through his aide Angela Nyati said he is yet to receive Chebundo’s challenge.

“We are yet to receive any court challenge from Chebundo. If it is the truth that such a challenge exists we are however not surprised because he once did it in 2013,” Matambanadzo said.

After the 2013 elections, the High Court declared Kwekwe Central seat vacant and ordered the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (ZEC) to hold fresh elections after Chebundo had challenged the outcome.

Chebundo and Matambanadzo have been perennial rivals since the 2008 plebiscite.
Matambanadzo, under a ZANU PF ticket, went on to win the seat in 2013 notwithstanding the initial challenge.

Earlier this year, the governing party recalled Matambanadzo from parliament after he was linked to the Mugabe-backed NPF which he later formally joined.

He was the only NPF parliamentary candidate to win the July 30 ballot.