Daggers are drawn in Zanu PF for the 2018 plebiscite.
horses are entering the race and in Chiredzi District, the most notable
political newcomer seeking a seat in 2018 is former Tongaat Hullet
agricultural director, Farai Musikavanhu.
Dog-eat-dog fights have
emerged particularly in Chiredzi West which covers Chiredzi Town,
Triangle and Hippo Valley, where Musikavanhu who is well-oiled
financially has set out to unseat battle-hardened Chiwa.
aspiring candidate for the Zanu PF ticket for the same seat is Raymond
Sharara who is a Schools Inspector under the Ministry of Primary and
Although the party is still to declare the
official season for campaigns, the picture is different on the ground
with Chiwa and Musikavanhu making pronouncements at public meetings.
Chiwa in particular has been attacking Musikavanhu describing him as a bad person.
Musikavanhu has made some landmarks in the constituency by giving
donations and building schools. He says though that this is not for
politics but has been his way of life.
"I am in the battle and
so far I know two other people in Zanu PF who want my seat. Let them
come I am ready for them and let them use their money. I will deal with
them as the time comes" says Chiwa.
"It is too early to make an
announcement but if people of Chiredzi West give me work to do, I will
accept. Donations are part of my life, I built a church and various
structures as well as supported many orphans with school fees. What I am
doing is not linked to politics," said Musikavanhu.
candidates including sitting MP Robert Mukwena have shown interest in
Chiredzi North. Mukwena will battle it out with Roy Bhila, a Mkwasine
based farmer and secretary general of the Commercial Sugarcane Farmers
of Zimbabwe and Oversear Mupambiki who is also a Mkwasine farmer.
is already on the ground talking about Mukwena's alleged long absence
from the constituency. He is assisting communities in the constituency
through funding various projects.
There will be a two way battle
in Chiredzi South where sitting MP, Rtd General Kallisto Gwanetsa will
likely face Ailess Baloyi.
The two battled it out in 2013 and Baloyi was trounced at primary elections.
It is still not clear who will stand up to Chiredzi East MP Denford Masiya.
MDCT and ZimPF are not yet visible on the ground, this may be due to the coalition negotiations that are going on.
- Masvingo Mirror