By Staff Reporter
MDC leader Nelson Chamisa
THE ruling Zanu PF party has retained Zaka East constituency after winning the weekend by-election beating the opposition MDC which seems to have lost its majority haemorrhaging over 50% of the vote it got at the general elections last year.
In a shock result an independent candidate swept both Zanu PF and the MDC to the side winning a council by-election in Matabeleland South’s Filabusi district.
In Zaka there was just about a 50% voter turn-out in the by-election that was called following the death of Zanu PF MP Caston Gumbwanda in June.
Gumbwanda won in last year’s election by just under 9000 votes against the MDC’s 3500.
In the weekend poll Zanu PF’s Clemence Chiduwa won with 7119 votes against the MDC’s Derrick Charamba who polled 1 518 votes. The NCA, Freezim Congress were also seeking to be elected but performed dismally.
ZEC Masvingo provincial head Pudurai says environment was largely peaceful but Confired the MDC agent assault and said it happened beyond the 300 metre radius so ZEC had no control over it.
In Filabusi independent candidate Shepherd Juta polled 284 votes to win a council by-election beating Zanu PF’s Zenzo Moyo who got 183 votes and the MDC’s Raynold Mugadza who came a distant fourth with a paltry 82 votes behind another independent candidate Ndumiso Ndlovu who polled 90 votes.