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Battle for Kaukonde post begins


THREE Zanu PF candidates have reportedly started canvassing for the post of Mashonaland East provincial chairperson which fell vacant last December after Ray Kaukonde was booted out on allegations of fanning factionalism.

BY Jairos Saunyama

Party insiders told NewsDay yesterday that interim chairperson Aeneas Chigwedere, his deputy Joel Biggie Matiza and musician-cum-politician Energy Mutodi were eyeing the post.

Zanu PF national political commissar Saviour Kasukuwere recently announced that a substantive provincial executive would be elected in April.

“Those interested in the post have begun to emerge as the election date draws near. So far, Chigwedere, Matiza and Energy Mutodi are the ones who have shown interest in contesting for the post. The war veterans are also set to present a candidate from their organisation and we are still to get the name. By the end of this month, we will be looking forward to getting more names of interested partners,” a Zanu PF insider who declined to be named said.

“More people will be revealed when they are given the green light to campaign. For now, people are not allowed to campaign,” the source said.

Mutodi confirmed his interest in the post.

“It is true, I will contest when the time comes,” he said.
Matiza, who is also Mashonaland East Provincial Affairs minister, could neither confirm nor deny reports that he was eyeing the post.

“For now, I will not say I want to contest. I haven’t decided yet, but you will soon know when we get there,” Matiza said.
Chigwedere could not be reached for comment.

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