THE ongoing MDC-T primary elections and confirmation exercise are likely to continue brewing more shockers amid reports that some constituencies have as many as 11 candidates vying for one party ticket.
By Chief Reporter
Yesterday, the MDC-T took the programme to Matabeleland South, which is largely dominated by Zanu PF and the MDC led by Welshman Ncube.
Morgan Ncube triumphed in Beitbridge West while Juliet Nkiwane secured the green light to represent Gwanda Central.
Former broadcaster James Maridadi had to shrug off stiff competition from 10 other contestants — including former MP Timothy Mubhawu, district chairlady Sekadara Tikiwa and district chair Cosmas Ndira — in the Mabvuku/Tafara primaries on Saturday. All the 10 contestants garnered less than half the votes that Maridadi got in the primaries.
MDC-T leader Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai’s chief of staff Ian Makone survived a three-horse race contest to secure the ticket to represent the party in Goromonzi West constituency.
Former disk jockey Eric Knight also braved challenges from four other contestants for the Mbare seat.
The Mbare race included former MP Tichaona Munyanyi, human rights activist Sten Zvorwadza and two others.
Bulawayo Central MP Dorcas Sibanda will battle it out in the primary elections expected next week after failing to secure a two-thirds majority, joining Zengeza West MP Collen Gwiyo, Misheck Shoko (Chitungwiza South), Marvellous Khumalo (St Mary’s), Greenbate Dongo (Goromonzi South), Edward Musumbu (Norton), Felix Magalela Sibanda (Magwegwe), Fidelis Mhashu (Chitungwiza North) and Samuel Khumalo (Pelandaba-Mpopoma).
Science and Technology minister Heneri Dzinotyiwei (Budiriro), Elias Jembere (Epworth), Pearson Mungofa (Highfield East), Willias Madzimure (Kambuzuma), Margaret Matienga (Sunningdale), Gift Dzirutwe (Glen Norah) and Simon Ruuke Hove (Highfield West) also failed the internal test.