By Kenias Chivuzhe
Zanu PF Manicaland province has elected the party’s provincial vice chairperson, Cde Dorothy Mabika, to fill the senatorial post left vacant following the passing on of Dr Ellen Gwaradzimba.
Cde Dorothy Mabika, who is also a ZBC board member, romped to victory after garnering 66 votes, with Gertrude Mutandi who was a distant second getting 39 votes.
Other losing candidates include the party’s provincial Women’s League Chairperson Cde Happiness Nyakuedzwa, Irene Zindi, Judith Mawire and Sheila Mutsanhu.
The candidates endorsed the election process as highly transparent and credible.
“We are happy that the election process has been done in the most transparent manner. It is part of internal party democracy,” a candidate said.
“Apart from the process being organised, Covid-19 regulations were being followed,” another commented.
“There is no better election process than what we witnessed here,” said another.
Zanu PF Manicaland Chairperson Cde Mike Madiro says the process was done above board with adherence to Covid-19 protocols.
“We are required by the national constitution to submit a party name to ZEC and this is the process that we have done. The party is supposed to forward the name to replace Dr Ellen Gwaradzimba.
“Members of the PCC including politburo members participated. Ten women applied to contest before two withdrew. Eight contested and we are going to forward the results the party national leadership. We are happy to say the process was held in line with Covid-19 regulations,” Cde Madiro said.
Zanu PF Politburo members Cde Patrick Chinamasa and Senator Monica Mutsvangwa, who is also the Minister of Information, Publicity and Broadcasting Services, presided over the voting process where only female candidates were allowed participate in line with the quota system.