Mutodi to square up with Chamisa aide in Goromonzi West

Energy Mutodi

An epic battle for the Goromonzi West parliamentary seat is looming between President Emmerson Mnangagwa’s self-proclaimed apologist Energy Mutodi and MDC-T presidential spokesperson Luke Tamborinyoka, who sailed through the party’s internal selection process at the weekend.

BY Everson Mushava

Tamborinyoka won the ticket to represent the party at a consensus-building meeting held at Munyawiri District Development Fund centre, ward 1 in Goromonzi West on Sunday and will now square up with Mutodi, who romped to victory in the Zanu PF’s chaotic primary elections last month.

The consensus meeting, which confirmed Tamborinyoka as the party’s candidate, was presided over by Morgen Ncube, the organising secretary of the MDC-T youth assembly.
Tamborinyoka secured the party’s ticket to represent Goromonzi West after his rival Anna Denhere pulled out of the race and endorsed him “as her senior in the party”.
The other candidate’s CV was not approved for security reasons after he was allegedly linked to Zanu PF and “his numerous adultery matters in the constituency”, a source told NewsDay.

Cosmas Njanji, MDC-T district organising secretary for Goromonzi West, confirmed the development.

“We now have a candidate for Goromonzi West district,” he said.

“Tamborinyoka is our candidate after Denhere endorsed him at the consensus meeting.”

Tamborinyoka, a journalist by profession who doubles as the party’s director of communications, has been arrested several times and, at one point, spent several months in prison on trumped-up charges of banditry and terrorism.

“I am humbled by the people of Goromonzi West. The party has transparently completed its processes,” Tamborinyoka told NewsDay yesterday.

“Unlike Mutodi, I am a Domboshava son, who has a comprehensive plan to uplift the lives of the people of this area, where I come from.

“I am convinced I will add value to the party in Parliament, given my professional background and my grounding in this community of my birth, where I reside.

“The party will have to make a formal announcement about its candidates but yes, I underwent a process of consensus in Goromonzi West.”


  1. Hope people of Goromonzi will elect their own son Luke. Mutodi lost in Bikita and now is in Goromonzi a distance of 400km from Bikita eh?

  2. I am not sure of MDC Alliance’s overall performance in the coming elections, but the Goromonzi West Constituency is already in their bag. It will be very difficult for Zanu Pf to really convince Goromonzi voters to vote for Mutodi.

  3. Looking at the number of people who voted during ZANU PF primaries. Chances are high that Mutodi will win. MDC-T Chamisa will contest only 114 parliamentary seats with the rest going to MDC Alliance partners. I feel after 2018 elections the MDC-T Chamisa will have few MPs if any in the parliament [due to candidates imposition,independents, vote sharing with MDC-T khupe etc]. That may signal the death of MDC-T Chamisa. What a painful death of a once loved and vibrant party.

  4. As a Goromonzi West resident, I can say there has been imposition of Luke Tamborinyoka ahead of the very popular Clifford Taurai Nhamburo who has been disqualified on spurious allegations. Mutodi has bagged this constituency!

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