Zanu PF wins Mwenezi West Council By-Elections, MDC retains Kuwadzana ward

By ZBC Reporter
THE Zanu PF party has resoundingly won the Ward 15 Mwenezi West council by-election. The party’s candidate Samuel Kwinika polled 1 811 votes while the MDC candidate Shepherd Dzuda got 27 votes.
The results were announced by the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission Masvingo Provincial Elections Officer, Zex Pudurayi.
The Ward 15 seat fell vacant following the death of Zanu PF Councillor, Edson Chauke in November last year.
Zanu PF Masvingo Provincial Chairperson, Ezra Chadzamira said the party’s winning formula is anchored on staying in touch with communities and working with them in development projects.
“Masvingo istrong hold ye ZANU PF , zvichipfurikidzanehutungamiriri hwa President Mnangagwa. Hwuyezve kubatana semhuri imwe ndizvozvinoita kuti province yedu ihwine, tichisangana nevanhu, tichihwa zvichemo zvinenge zvichitaugwa nevanhu,” (Masvingo is a Zanu PF stronghold because of the leadership of President Mnangagwa plus unity is what makes us win, also meeting the people and understanding their grievances), he said.
The Zimbabwe Electoral Commission noted that the elections were conducted in a peaceful and transparent manner.
In Harare, MDC-Alliance retained Kuwadzana’s Ward 44 after Mr Adonia Shoko polled 1 517 votes against Cde Lloyd Makuwe of Zanu PF’s 718 votes.
Mr Wenel Ndoya of the National Constitutional Assembly got 12 votes.
The ward fell vacant after councillor Resias Masunda (MDC-A) died in November last year.
In its report, the Zimbabwe Election Support Network (ZESN) said polling was conducted without incident.
“Zanu PF and MDC-Alliance deployed party agents to track the polling process at all polling stations where ZESN observers were deployed,” reads a ZESN tweet.
Last year saw Zanu PF winning another by election in the Bikita East constituency ward 31 council by-election in July before the party’s candidate, Clemence Chiduwa retained the Zaka East parliamentary seat in September.