Mutodi abandons Goromonzi West, opts for Masvingo

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Energy Mutodi (c) appeared at the Harare Magistrate court accompanied by detectives over allegations of swindling thousands of prospective home seekers in Harare, on June 14, 2013. Picture: Hilary Maradzika

Flamboyant musician-cum-politician Energy Mutodi, who tried many times to land the Goromonzi West seat and other Zanu PF positions in Mashonaland East, has now abandoned the province in favour of Masvingo where he was born.

BY Jairos Saunyama

Mutodi wrote on his Facebook page that he was no longer challenging Goromonzi West legislator Beatrice Nyamupinga as he was now focusing on Masvingo.

“Goromonzi West MP Cde Beatrice Nyamupinga and businessman Energy Mutodi yesterday met to discuss their political future with a view to end their rivalry in the Domboshava (Goromonzi) constituency,” he said.

“The development is likely to see song-master and politician Energy Mutodi transferring to Masvingo province in the near future. He will land in Bikita South constituency where his family is domiciled since 1900. The Bikita South constituency is currently held by Cde (Jappy) Jaboon, who hails from Bikita West in the same area as Munyaradzi Kereke.”

Mutodi, who had been in a fierce battle over the seat with Nyamupinga before the July 2013 polls, said the his decision followed the recent exoneration of Nyamupinga who used to be accused of having strong links to ousted former Vice-President Joice Mujuru.

The musician claimed as part of the pact with Nyamupinga, the Goromonzi West MP would fight to clear his name in the face of fraud charges being levelled against him. Nyamupinga together with fellow MPs Paddy Zhanda and Petronella Kagonye were cleared by the Zanu PF politburo which has since fired Mujuru and several other officials while suspending over 140 bigwigs on allegations of fanning factionalism and trying to topple President Robert Mugabe.

“As part of the political agreement, Nyamupinga will use her influence to restore a good public image for Mutodi that had been battered by malicious fraud charges against the prolific musician in the run-up to the 2013 elections,” wrote Mutodi.

After failing to unseat Nyamupinga, Mutodi, who is reportedly aligned to Vice-President Emmerson Mnangagwa’s faction, tried to contest for the Mashonaland East provincial chairmanship that was left vacant by Ray Kaukonde. He, however, recently announced his withdrawal from the race before pledging support to Mashonaland East Provincial Affairs minister Joel Biggie Matiza.

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