Zanu PF plays down Harare Central by-election


Itai Dzamara

THE ruling Zanu PF party has all but given up hope of winning the Harare Central by-election set for the end of next month and will commit resources to retaining the rural M

akonde constituency.


Sources within Zanu PF said a meeting attended by members of the commissariat and the party’s central committee last week resolved not to waste resources on Harare Central.


It was agreed that instead more resources should be chanelled to Makonde where Zanu PF holds sway.


Senior members of the party who were approached, all declined to stand in Harare Central until William Nhara, who of late has been masquerading as an independent social commentator, was slotted in as a pawn.


When contacted for comment yesterday, Zanu PF spokesman Nathan Shamuyarira was evasive and accused this paper of always misquoting his party.


“That is not true. This is all I can say. You people always write what we haven’t said,” said Shamuyarira.


Nhara will battle it out against Murisi Zwizwai of the MDC in the by-election that was necessitated by the resignation of MDC’s Mike Auret due to poor health.


Journalist-cum-politician, Kindness Paradza, will stand on the Zanu PF ticket in Makonde whilst the MDC will be represented by Japhet Karemba.


The political trend over the last two years has proved that Zanu PF has wafer-thin chances of winning support in urban areas.


Sources this week said the ruling party would soon descend on Makonde, with a delegation comprising war veteran Joseph Chinotimba, Youth minister Elliot Manyika and Information minister Jonathan Moyo to campaign for Paradza.


In the by-elections held over the last two years, Zanu PF has won the rural constituencies whilst the MDC maintained a stranglehold in most urban constituencies.


Protracted efforts through the use of food aid and violence failed to carry the day for Zanu PF in the Highfield and Kuwadzana by-elections in April. The MDC romped home with wide margins.

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