Harare East candidates optimistic of victory

By Colette Musanyera

With less than a month to go before the 26 March by-elections, Harare East candidates are promising to deliver social services and developmental programmes in the constituency.

candidates are vying for the Harare East National Assembly seat which fell vacant after Tendai Biti was recalled by the MDC-T.

For ZANU PF candidate, Cde Mavis Gumbo who is concerned about service delivery, developmental projects also top her priority list, which has seen her engaging the constituency in various income generating projects.

“I promise to address issues of poor service delivery in my constituency. I will ensure that more boreholes are drilled and garbage is taken care of. I am also concerned with women empowerment. Currently I am embarking on developmental projects to ensure that women are economically independent,” Cde Gumbo noted.

MDC Alliance’s candidate Christopher Mbanga’s major focus is on dialogue for development, and church representation in the parliament.

Said Mbanga: “Dialogue is key for economic development. People should sit and address peacefully the challenges that we are facing as a nation. I’m coming in to give confidence and trust which is vital for the international community to invest in the country. I will monitor devolution on local authorities. I will also address challenges faced by the elderly, women and children. I’m coming in to create a platform where the church gets representation in the parliament.”

Tendai Biti of Citizens Coalition for Change refused to entertain the ZBC News crew.

“Since when does the ZBC want to talk to us? Since when? When did you ever see me on ZBC?” he asked this reporter via his mobile phone.

The fourth candidate, Precious Nyaradzo Musarurwa of LEAD, who had earlier promised to avail herself for an interview, could not be reached as her phone later went unanswered.

Efforts to get a comment from the fifth candidate, Garikai Mlambo of UZA were also fruitless.