Musakwa gets reprieve

Zanu PF commissar Saviour Kasukuwere

ZANU PF has thrown a new lease of life to Bikita West parliamentary aspirant Elias Musakwa, who had previously been disqualified to contest the forthcoming by-election over his alleged links to former Vice-President Joice Mujuru’s opposition Zimbabwe People First (ZimPF) party.


Zanu PF commissar Saviour Kasukuwere
Zanu PF commissar Saviour Kasukuwere

Party commissar Saviour Kasukuwere yesterday said Musakwa had been included among eight Zanu PF candidates to contest in the primary elections set for Saturday where the winner will represent the ruling party in the by-election.

The Bikita West seat fell vacant last month after Munyaradzi Kereke was recalled from Parliament following his 10-year incarceration for rape.

Musakwa had been disqualified together with Wellington Mutisi, Tichaona Mandebvu and Douglas Makuku, who were also reinstated.

The four will battle it out in the Zanu PF primaries against Geoffrey Murire, Gibson Mashingaidze, Beauty Chabaya and Joshua Dhewa.

Kasukuwere also said nine candidates would contest party primaries for the Norton constituency where Christopher Mutsvangwa was recalled and expelled from Zanu PF for alleged indiscipline.

These include Ronald Chindedza, Margaret Zvinavashe, Bybit Tsomondo, Joyce Marufu Mukazhi, Nyasha Simon Sibiya, Langton Mutendereki, Godrey Chikowore, Nyarai Janipher Makamba and Flavian Chikabinda Charumbira.

The Norton primary elections will also be held on Saturday.

“Voting shall be based on the party’s cell and village membership registers and shall be by secret ballot,” Kasukuwere said.

The party is still to come up with a list of candidates for Chimanimani West constituency that was left vacant after Zanu PF recalled Munacho Mutezo, who was accused of working with ZimPF amid fiery lobbying by more than six candidates.


  1. Strange person, in this day and age its rare to find someone dying to rejoin Zanu, the trend is normal people are happy to leave Zanu. Now you get people like Musakwa, Shamu and Goche are falling over each other to leak again!!

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