Blessings Mashaya 24 May 2017
HARARE – Newly-elected Zanu PF Masvingo chairperson Ezra Chadzamira said
he has since moved on and is now working on strengthening the party ahead
of the 2018 poll, despite calls by rivals to have his election victory
The province’s chairmanship election was comprehensively won by Chadzamira
– an alleged Team Lacoste candidate – after he walloped Mutero
Masanganise, who had pulled out days before polling, citing a number of
Speaking to the Daily News yesterday, Chadzamira said the election issue
was now water under the bridge and those who are still disputing it were
“We are now focusing on the 2018 general elections . . . (and)
developmental projects like the Tokwe-Mukorsi Dam. We have shifted our
focus. The issue of elections is now a closed chapter,” he said, adding
that “we need to unite as a party and move forward, there is no benefit in
“Munhu anenge ane shungu about elections, dzinozopera nekufamba kwenguva
zvinongopera hazvo (the anger about these elections will soon come to an
end with the passage of time). The president sent senior members of the
party and they did their job very well and the elections were concluded,
what is now left is to build our party.”
Efforts to get comment from Masanganise were fruitless as his mobile phone
was not reachable.
However, last week, he told the Daily News that he was hopeful the
politburo would “deal with” the burning Masvingo issue decisively.
“I am waiting for the politburo to deliberate on the issue. For me, there
was no election done to choose the Masvingo chairperson,” he said then.
Masanganise – linked to the embattled Generation 40 (G40) faction, which
in turn is opposed to Vice President Emmerson Mnangagwa succeeding
President Robert Mugabe – pulled out of the Masvingo poll re-run arguing
it was illegal.
Mugabe and the politburo had nullified results from the initial regional
poll, which was again won by Chadzamira, amid claims of irregularities,
including people not voting in some districts.
Chadzamira, who is the former regional chairperson and an alleged
Mnangagwa backer, crushed Masanganise then – polling 12 393 votes against
his opponent’s 4 888, amid allegations of rigging and failure by people in
Mwenezi and some parts of Chiredzi to vote.
The G40 has for some time now been described as being “at sixes and
sevens”, following the pressure that has been brought to bear on its
leading national figures, as well as the suspension of its alleged
provincial kingpins who were ousted from the regional executive last