JOCKEYING among Zanu PF candidates ahead of the party’s Kadoma primary elections has reached fever pitch with some of the contenders using bizarre campaign tactics such as buying lingerie fo
r women to attract voters.
The seat, which was snatched from the Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) during a by-election last November following the death of opposition MP Austin Mpandawana, has become a battleground for primaries due next month.
The sitting Zanu PF MP, Ishmael Mutema, is fighting off a stiff challenge from the party’s Mashonaland West provincial treasurer Jimayi Muduvuri and Rudo Shamuyarira.
Shamuyarira is the wife of the late Kadoma mayor Ernest Shamuyarira.
But the real contest is between Mutema and Muduvuri who have openly traded insults in the provincial newspapers.
Shamuyarira is said to be a relative lightweight. Reports say Muduvuri has been buying bras, panties, petticoats and shoes in a bid to garner support from female voters.
Contacted for comment on his unusual campaign tactic, Muduvuri said he needed clearance from the provincial party chairman Phillip Chiyangwa to talk.
However, the interim Zanu PF secretary for the Kadoma district coordinating committee, Cain Mushauri, said Muduvuri was helping people.
“Mutema has done nothing so far for Kadoma Central,” Mushauri said. “What type of an MP is he going to be? Muduvuri is a good man. He is distributing baby chickens from Stewarts & Lloyd in Chegutu, giving bread to the hungry and even buying clothes for the needy, like costumes, dresses, sandals and other goodies for women.”
Mutema accused Muduvuri of unleashing an orgy of violence and barring residents from attending his rallies. He said his rival had a terror gang called “Top 11” that was barricading roads and preventing rival Zanu PF supporters from attending meetings.
“Last week on Sunday party members in ward 3 were denied access to my meeting by Muduvuri’s thugs and members of the Top 11 who closed the entrance gates,” Mutema said.
“And then last Sunday, party members were again prevented from attending my meeting held at the Zanu PF offices in Rimuka,” he said.
“Where else on earth can another man buy bras, panties, petticoats, costumes and even shoes for other men’s wives?” Mutema asked.
Muduvuri refused to comment.