By Margaret Kamba
The Zimbabwe African National Union Patriotic Front ZANU PF Lupane East by-election campaign launch ended on a high note this Wednesday with hundreds of people gathered, promising to deliver the winning vote for the party this August.
The seat fell vacant after the death of Member of Parliament and ZANU PF Matabeleland North Women’s League secretary for Administration, Cde Sithembile Gumbo earlier this year.
Her hardworking skills matched with the ability to work well with people in her constituency saw them re-electing her for a second parliamentary term despite knowing that she was not well.
Speaking during the launch ZANU PF’s National Political Commissar Cde Victor Matemadanda said the people must vote for the development of their constituency.
“We in ZANU PF have a plan and strategy. We have programmes to develop this constituency and our candidate is employed as a programmes and development officer for Lupane East,” Cde Matemadanda said.
“ZANU PF means development and who doesn’t want development? Do not go and vote for a party with no strategy and no manifesto and the President knows that Matabeleland North is a stronghold for ZANU PF and constantly asks about this constituency.”
He noted with concern that the road to the constituency is bad and that medicines were scarce in clinics.
“When coming here we saw that the road is very bad. It must be fixed. I have also heard that medicines in clinics are scarce, they must be replenished. When the campaign teams begin their work, the problems being faced should be communicated early and this is the reason why we want to remove some of the protocols because they are killing development.
“To the campaign teams, when you see that this team is weak, reinforce the weak teams so that we win this constituency. This young manMbongeni needs all the support he can get. Mbongeni you have no manifesto but that of the ZANU PF. This is why we have the whipping system.”
In its 2018 Manifesto ZANU PF promised to unite, create jobs, fight corruption and re-engage. It has lived up to its promise with over 300 000 jobs created so far.
Seven campaign teams include Lupaka, Ndimimbili, Malungu, Lake Alice Resettlement, Lisulu pupu, Lupanda East and West and Daluka gwamba.
Other candidates contesting for the Lupane East Member of Parliament seat include Morgen Ndlovu (Labour Economists and African Democrats Party), Given Ncube (MDC-T), Dalumuzi Khumalo (MDC-Alliance), Nelson Mkandla (National Action Party), Andrew Tshaba (Mthwakazi Republic Party), Njabulo Sibanda (National Patriotic Front), Gezekile Mkhwebu (Zapu) and Alice Sibanda (National Constitutional Assembly).