THE Zanu PF’s women league has applauded the ruling party’s Mashonaland East leadership for fielding the highest number of female parliamentary candidates as compared to other provinces.
BY JAIROS SAUNYAMA
Addressing a provincial coordinating committee meeting in Marondera at the weekend, Zanu PF women’s league national political commissar Aplonia Munzverengi disclosed that five of the party’s 23 parliamentary candidates were women.
“We are happy about this achievement and let me announce that in the whole country Mashonaland East has recorded the highest number of Zanu PF female candidates to contest for the parliamentary seats. We have five female candidates and as the women’s league we are happy for this province’s achievement. We are confident that next time the number will rise to 10,” she said.
The female candidates include Sekai Nzenza (Chikomba East), Mabel Chinomona (Mutoko North), Petronella Kagonye (Goromonzi South), Sphiwe Mukunyaidze (Marondera West) and Magna Mudyiwa (Mudzi West).
Nzenza shocked incumbent legislator Edgar Mbwembwe, while Kagonye defeated nine other contestants in Goromonzi. Mudyiwa who took over from the late Aquillina Katsande also defeated seven other candidates while Mukunyaidze emerged victorious in the male-dominated race and is expected to take over from Ambrose Mutinhiri who is now with the National Patriotic Front.
The province also saw two youth league executives winning the primary elections, a move which was described as progressive by provincial youth league boss Kelvin Mutsvairo.
The youths are Tinodaishe Machakaire (Wedza South) and Munyaradzi Kashambe (Seke).