Zanu PF snatches Bulawayo council seat from MDC

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Bulawayo Correspondent

Zanu PF candidate Kidwell Mujuru has won the Cowdray Park council by-election in Bulawayo after polling 1 899 votes.

The seat was won by the MDC Alliance during the 2018 harmonised elections.

The MDC Alliance fielded two candidates, Collet Ndhlovu and Nomagugu Mloyi due to factional fights bedevilling the party in the province.

According to the results released by the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (ZEC), Ndhlovu polled 221 votes while Mloyi garnered 1 229. The two Alliance candidates polled a combined 1 450 votes.

The other political parties and candidates polled a total of 1 002 votes.

Florah Gumbo from the Thokozani Khupe led MDC-T polled 133 votes while Nokuthula Ndlovu from Zapu polled similar votes.

A total of 4 351 votes were cast while 18 votes were rejected.

Party sources told New that Ndhlovu, who lost the primary elections to the late former councillor Happison Ncube, was being backed by the party’s national chairperson Thabitha Khumalo while Mloyi had the sympathy of Gift Banda, the party’s Bulawayo provincial chairperson.

The council seat fell vacant following the death of Ncube in December last year.