BATTLE lines have been drawn between a faction loyal to Vice-President Joice Mujuru and politburo member Saviour Kasukuwere ahead of the Mashonaland Central youth provincial congress to be held in Bindura over the weekend.
The faction aligned to Kasukuwere received a boost ahead of the congress after the Zanu PF politburo on Wednesday recommended that former secretary for administration Kudakwashe Sintu, who was suspended in June by the Mashonaland Central provincial executive for indiscipline together with provincial chairperson Godfrey Tsenengamu, and youth executive member Caleb Karima, be allowed to contest elections for entry into the national youth executive.
Sintu’s suspension meant that he missed the competitive district elections held on Wednesday.
The highlight of the district elections saw Dugmore Chimukoko, who controversially lost the provincial youth chairperson elections last year after police undercounted his ballots, narrowly beat deputy minister Tabeth Kanengoni by 32 votes to 30 in Mazowe.
Chimukoko is reportedly aligned to Mujuru. There was also joy for Obert Mutasa in Guruve who beat Takawira Maluku by 26 votes to 19 while in Bindura Ratidza Marumahoko beat Helen Mashonganyika by 16 votes to 10. Three candidates were uncontested — Paulet Chekumanyara in Rushinga, Tongai Kasukuwere of Mt Darwin and Joseph Dendere in Muzarabani.
An official in the Mashonaland Central provincial executive said by virtue of being the only woman elected at district level, Chekumanyara had made it into the national executive.
Chimukoko, Mutasa, Marumahoko and Dendere who are said to be loyal to Mujuru, as well as Kasukuwere and Sintu, will battle it out for the remaining three slots.