MASVINGO – President Robert Mugabe’s Zanu PF on Friday fielded two candidates for Bikita West parliamentary seat at the Nomination Court here.
Former Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe workmates, Munyaradzi Kereke and Elias Musakwa were duly nominated Zanu PF candidates for Bikita West by Rex Pudurai, Zimbabwe Electoral Commission provincial officer at Masvingo Magistrates’ Court.
The confirmation puzzled party officials and other candidates from rival MDC formations.
“These are candidates in Bikita West: Heya Shoko MDC-T, Munyaradzi Kereke, Zanu PF and Elias Musakwa, Zanu PF,’’ Pudurai announced.
Lovemore Matuke, Zanu PF provincial chairperson, said: “I can’t comment on that issue, it is being dealt with at the party’s high office.”
The party was said to be divided over Kereke’s candidacy, which was reportedly facing fierce resistance from Zanu PF Presidium, according to party sources.
While Musakwa was initially confirmed unopposed, Kereke later won a primary election that Musakwa says he did not participate in.
Former Zanu PF provincial chairperson Daniel Shumba will lock horns with the MDC’s Tongai Matutu in Masvingo urban, while Zimpapers board chairman Paul Chimedza will battle it out with MDC’s Erium Musendekwa in Gutu South.
Takani Mureyi of the MDC will battle it out with Zanu PF’S Ezra Chadzamira in Masvingo West.
There were also vanquished candidates who filed nomination papers as independents from both Zanu PF and MDC and include Shylet Uyoyo in Bikita South, who is Zanu PF provincial Women’s League boss, MDC MP Moses Mare and MDC official Musa Damascus who both want Chiredzi West. MDC official Gerald Chitsa also filed his papers as an independent candidate for Gutu North.
The two rival parties said the people who filed their papers as independents were automatically expelled from the parties, in line with their constitutions.
Meanwhile, in Gweru, all the MDC councillors sacked for corruption filed their papers as independent candidates.