FOLLOWING a clean sweep in other rural constituency recently, the revolutionary party ZANU PF is confident foe another white wash victory in Zaka East constituency by elections, with party candidate, Cde Clemence Chiduwa spelling out a sound people oriented manifesto which have already projects and programs being implemented ahead of the pending September 21 elections.
Cde Chiduwa who recently won the primary election will battle it out with Masvingo-based lawyer, Mr Derick Charamba (MDC Alliance), Mr Clemence Chavarika (NCA) and Mr Lazarus Mubango (FreeZim Congress)The Zaka parliamentary seat fell vacant following the death of the incumbent Zanu-PF MP, Cde Caston Gumbwanda, in June
In an interview, Cde Chiduwa said he was going to emerge victorious as Zanu-PF is the only people-centered party among those contesting.
“People always want a political party which is people-oriented and it is only our party, Zanu-PF which has those qualities. Zaka East has always been our stronghold and that will not change.
“I am very optimistic that I am going to be the next MP for this constituency and I promise members that I will not fail them in doing my duties,” said Cde Chiduwa.
He said the party had a major campaign rally over the weekend
“As a barometer, we had a campaign rally over the weekend which attracted a bumper crowd. This obviously sent shock waves to other contestants, especially from MDC Alliance.
“In actual fact, there is no room for opposition politics in Zaka and the whole province of Masvingo,” he said. Zanu-PF Masvingo provincial information and publicity secretary, Cde Ronald Ndaba, said it is a foregone conclusion that the party would retain the Zaka East seat as it is a formidable political force.
“Holding the by-election is just a formality as the result will be obvious. No party will stand against Zanu-PF and that is the reason why you see the party winning seats, originally held by the opposition,” said Cde Ndaba.
“We are sure that we will give MDC Alliance and two other contesting parties a drubbing, come September 21. That is our seat and we are going to retain it without any problem.”
Meanwhile, Zaka East hold annual peace and tolerance gala returns as the province braces for a by-election.
The festivities are part of the villagers’ own initiative to bring the people from the constituency together despite their political differences.
The gala will allow the constituency to deliberate on matters affecting the rural area.