THE scramble for Gutu North constituency has started in earnest amid speculation that Zanu PF military heavyweights, General Vitalis Zvinavashe and retired Air Marshal Josia
h Tungamirai, are vying for the post.
The constituency fell vacant following the death of Vice-President Simon Muzenda last month.
Highly placed sources in the province said Tungamirai had been working closely with Muzenda to boost his chances of taking over the seat.
Tungamirai, a member of the decision-making politburo in the ruling Zanu PF party, has already started flexing his muscles in the constituency.
Zvinavashe hails from the constituency and is seen as a likely contender for political leadership after he retires from his current post as commander of the Zimbabwe Defence Forces.
“As a way of identifying with the electorate, he recently bought a residential property at Mpandawana growth point in the constituency,” a source said.
“Tungamirai has already started informal campaigns through visits to the constituency and mixing with the electorate,” he said.
The Zimbabwe Independent last week witnessed Tungamirai driving in his navy-blue Jeep Cherokee and doing some shopping at the growth point.
However, Tungamirai faces a strong challenge in Gutu North from Zvinavashe, long regarded as Muzenda’s successor by virtue of coming from the same area.
Zvinavashe is expected to retire from his army post at the end of the year, after which he could start a political career.
There is speculation that President Robert Mugabe would likely push for Zvinavashe’s candidacy in a move that could see him being elevated in the party structures.
Efforts to contact Tungamirai and Zvinavashe this week for comment were unsuccessful.