Zanu PF bigwigs tumble

SEVERAL Zanu PF bigwigs, mostly politburo members and Cabinet ministers, were left in shock yesterday after they lost in the just-ended party primary elections, a development likely to end their political careers.


President Emmerson Mnangagwa’s adviser, Christopher Mutsvangwa, Zanu PF chairperson, Oppah Muchinguri (pictured) and Scholarships minister Christopher Mushohwe were some of the notable casualties who were routed by “political upstarts’” in an internal election marred by reports of massive rigging.

Vice-President Constantino Chiwenga’s mother-in-law, Helga Mubaiwa was left licking her political wounds in Seke, and war veterans’ spokesperson Douglas Mahiya was also not lucky as he received a drubbing from Mnangagwa’s nephew, Tongai, in Harare South constituency.

While some Zanu PF sources said the party chair had won by a wide margin, unconfirmed reports claimed Muchinguri, a constant in Zanu PF politics, lost to Joyce Bukuta in the battle for the women’s quota in Nyanga, while Mutsvangwa was blown out by greenhorn, Langton Mutendereki in Norton.

“This is a G40-Gamatox coalition interfering in the Zanu PF political processes and determined to stop Mutsvangwa because I was at the centre of [former president Robert] Mugabe’s fall,” an apoplectic Mutsvangwa said.

“I have been advised to leave things as they are. My supporters are traumatised, have been harassed and suffered the worst abuses in violation of their rights as party members.” Ads

He could, however, not confirm the results circulating on social media.

“I have made an appeal to the national commissar Engelbert Rugeje.

“Revengist (sic) G40-Gamatox cohorts have zeroed in on Norton with the sole goal of blocking Mutsvangwa as the ruling party’s candidate in July,” Mutsvangwa said. “In typical manner, they are trampling on every rule [of] proper electoral practice. They are harrying bona fide party cadres.”

Mutsvangwa, according to unverified results, polled 197 votes against Mutendereki’s jolting 13 349 in what appeared to be a one-sided internal poll.

In Matabeleland South, Provincial Affairs minister Abednigo Ncube was reported to have lost to Zimbabwe Broadcasting Corporation employee Omphile Marupi, while former Sports minister Andrew Langa was another casualty.

Another casualty was experienced in Chikomba West, where Industry minister Mike Bimha lost to medical practitioner, John Mangwiro.

In Mutasa-Nyanga constituency, former ministers Hubert Nyanhongo and Mike Nyambuya went head-to-head in a battle won by the former.

In Mashonaland East province, besides Mubaiwa, who lost to Munyaradzi Kashambe, former Industry minister Phenias Chihota also fell by the wayside.

In Wedza South, Chiwenga’s nephew and former Transport deputy minister Michael Madanha lost to youth league executive, Tinodaishe Machakaire, while Provincial Affairs minister David Musabayana retained his Wedza North ticket.

Machakaire won with 4 177 votes against Madanha’s 1 466.

In Marondera East constituency, incumbent legislator Jeremiah Chiwetu lost to newcomer Patrick Chidhakwa, who scored 3 597 votes.

In Mutoko East, sitting legislator, Ricky Mawere lost his party ticket to businessman, Richard Musiiwa.

In Goromonzi North, newcomer MetBank chief executive officer, Ozias Bvute clinched the seat after defeating Nyasha Matsika and Kudzai Majuru.

In Midlands, Presidential Affairs and Monitoring Implementation of Government Programmes minister Simbarashe Mumbengegwi lost his senatorial bid to National Railways of Zimbabwe board chairman, Larry Mavima

Mushohwe was humiliated by Teedzayi Muchimwe in Mutare West, while former police spokesperson, Oliver Mandipaka, who suffered the ignominy of being briefly locked up, lost to little-known, Soul Nzuma in Buhera West.

Former Constitution Parliamentary Committee co-chairperson Munyaradzi Paul Mangwana’s attempt to represent Zanu PF in Chivi North came unstuck against ex-Central Intelligence Organisation provincial boss, Ephraim Gwanongodza.

Irene Zindi lost to Misheck Mugadza in Mutasa South and in a Facebook post, she claimed the primary election had been rigged, with people voting in the dead of night.

Luke Masamvu was reportedly on the ropes, despite having brought two bus-full loads of his supporters to one polling station in Mutasa North.

Singer Elias Musakwa took Bikita West, while businessman, Energy Mutodi won in Goromonzi West, beating Beatrice Nyamupinga, the sitting MP.

Zanu PF youth league deputy politburo secretary, Lewis Matutu lost in Zvishavane together with sitting MP, John Holder to little-known Dumezweni Mpofu.

Reports initially indicated that Grain Millers’ Association of Zimbabwe boss Tafadza Musarara had lost in Mazowe West to Sports minister Kazembe Kazembe, but the poll was nullified over alleged irregularities.

Kazembe confirmed that the election results were nullified, but was confident this would not change the outcome, as he expected a landslide victory.
“It is only one centre out of 15 and that won’t change the outcome,” he said.

Finance minister Patrick Chinamasa scrapped through in Makoni Central, while Zimbabwe National Liberation War Veterans’ Association Harare provincial deputy chairperson, Hoyini Bhila, won in Chiredzi North constituency.

Chinamasa confirmed he had won: “I have won, but I am not sure about others.”

Justice minister Ziyambi Ziyambi won Zvimba West, his Local Government counterpart July Moyo sneaked through with fine margins in Redcliff and Presidential Guard boss Anselem Sanyatwe’s wife Chido triumphed in Nyanga North.

Former Lands minister Douglas Mombeshora was claiming victory by “five votes”, but sources said he had been beaten by another upstart Precious Chinhamo-Masango for the Mhangura constituency.

Dexter Nduna retained Chegutu West, but not without incident, after he allegedly fired gun shots to scare away his rivals during a night of high drama late Monday.
He confirmed that there was violence in Chegutu and he fired warning shots to protect his agents. “I’m in the counting room. On that issue, yes, I fired shots to protect my agent, whose life was being threatened,” the lawmaker said.

Acting Information minister Simon Khaya Moyo confirmed he would get another chance to represent Matabeleland South in the Senate after winning the right to stand for Zanu PF amid claims at some point his job was on the line.

Senator Tambudzani Mohadi shrugged off a stiff challenge from an-ally-turned-foe Rabelani Choeni for the senatorial ticket, as Albert Nguluvhe bagged the Beitbridge East parliamentary ticket.

Beitbridge West legislator Metrine Mudau lost to Ruth Maboyi.

In Shurugwi North, Robert Nyathi emerged the winner after thumping former minister Francis Nhema, whereas Gweru Vungu sitting MP, Josphat Madubeko lost to Zifa vice-chairman, Omega Sibanda.

Pedzisai Munanzvi lost his Chirumanzu South seat to Environmental Management Agency board member, Barbara Rwodzi, while National Youth Service Gweru district commander, Esau Machinyise won in Gweru urban after pummelling former town clerk, Godfrey Nhemachena and Tinomudaishe Chinyoka.

Some losing party candidates in the Midlands province, however, filed letters of complaint, citing voting irregularities.

Batsirayi Pemhenayi, who lost the Mutare North seat to Mike Madiro, the Manicaland provincial chairperson, accused his opponent of taking charge of the distribution of ballot papers and has since written to the commissariat complaining over the way the polls were conducted.

“This letter serves to complain and nullify the Mutare North constituency Zanu PF primary elections results, which were solely conducted by Mike Madiro using stolen ballot papers.

“Madiro conducted secret polls without my polling agents,” he wrote.

In Gutu South, the late Shuvai Mahofa’s daughter, Fungai, lost to youth affairs secretary Pupurayi Togarepi.

Official results were announced in Chiredzi, where Chiredzi West was taken by Farai Musikavanhu, Chiredzi East — Denford Masiya and Chiredzi South — Kalisto Gwanetsa. Nyasha Chikwinya lost Mutare South to Jeffrey Ngome.


  1. josphat mugadzaweta

    yah chasara kudonha izanu yacho chaiyo

    1. thats what i want too…ngachichingoparara chi party ichi

      1. That is a clear democratic Party…ZANU-PF

  2. Farai Johnson Nhire.

    This is very interesting indeed. It breathes tremendous new life into zanu pf since the talk about recycing of dead wood is now meaningless. This also increases the chance of winning since these individuals are the ones that the electorate wants to represent them.

    1. @Fatso… Zanu Pf in itself is deadwood. Its not just the people who we are after its the system and institutions. The name Zanu Pf is repulsive on its own with large parts of the electorate. Now, I am waiting for the big one…. one step at a time.

  3. G40 is still alive. The junta guys cant win elections even with the help of tankers and guns. They are politically brain dead! Next…vhotera MP wako…president isa pawada.

  4. Ko Cde Chinoz vadii

    1. There was no ZANU PF contender for Chinoz in his Buhera constituency. He is the only person who expressed interest in his constituency.

      1. chinoz zvinhu, handidi zanu asi anomiramira

    2. Chinoz won uncontested

  5. The excitable Mutsvangwa is nowhere to be seen. At least he has been saved from being pummeled by the MDC. He must be grateful to this young man.

  6. the coming in of new blood in zanu pf is good news to Zimbabweans at large. should Zanu PF win the pending elections it means we will have new blood in cabinet

    1. They are still thieves even a baby snake bites so to think we have youngsters in zanupf is progress is a joke they are all thieves.

  7. DomboraMwari

    the coming in of new blood in zanu pf is good news to Zimbabweans at large. should Zanu PF win the pending elections it means we will have new blood in cabinet

    1. Dont be too excited… Another way to look at this is that just like the absence of Mugabe and Tsvangirai on the ballot, there wont be many familiar faces as well. Mind you these people have dominated politics for years and particularly in the rural areas were they’ve become cult gods. So it kind of neutralizes a lot of things in some areas, and the narrative changes as well as EDs name is not as much of a “bestseller” as was Mugabes. So you are likely going to have two unfamiliar Zanu candidates which I think is more preferable to the opposition.

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    1. Wadii wambomira nenyaya dzako dzemishonga.

      1. KKKKK….Ambomira haikona?

  9. Nelson Chamiraneni

    kkkkkk Chamisa woyeeeee. Yaa this paints an exciting picture into Zimbabwes politics particulary Zanu PF. Ohh my word. i see a lot of “bhora musango” here. after all ana sekuru nana gogo mese, chizororaiwo please. Zim is for the youth and we need a chance to model our own destinies. Pamberi nema Youth.

  10. gegegege Oliver Mandipaka pwaaaaat
    Chamisa has my vote

    1. oliver akajaira uwori zvaaiva panyanga kumapurisa, zvinhu zvinoshanduka Dhewa akaimba. wakambochirairawoko chitokisi. even pekutanga he rigged

  11. Tendai Chaminuka

    An Electorate Directorate with professors and doctorates which can not execute a primary election.

  12. Sensing bhora musango indeed. Nero pinda panyanga. Hezvopo bwaaaaaaaaaaaa

  13. Comment…The lacoste cabal thumped and Kiri Mutsvangwa is right in that he was targeted as he made the most noise and today he has been silenced. Genuine ZANU-PF are against junta-pf led government Gushungo must be smiling. Next is ED, a dead man walking. Pasi nejunta.

  14. tinohwinha here rangu

  15. The pattern of these results shows that Zim’s politics is finally turning a new generational leaf. It clearly shows that the party which will have more new young blood & fresh ideas in its ranks will go on to win the national elections

  16. Pfungwa shoma unofunga kuti bhora musango iri kuZanu chete.Hautozivi kuti kune machinja asingadiwo Chamisa wako

  17. Handei tione

    Pakaipa !!

  18. This is interesting, when Zim polictics is like this then some polictical freedom is starting to prevail

  19. let the vote speak on election day

  20. Ko uya mupostori anonzi Roronzi Katsiru akapona here kuMarondera. This time igame change. Varume free and fair election inorwadza. Kkkkkk zanu pf haina kujaira zvakadai izvi.

  21. Uuuuum chakachaya

  22. Manje bhora musango ririkose ndo zvnoita maprimaries chero ku mdc zvizere izvo chandinoziva mdc ndeyekutaurisa then ZANU PF ndeyekuhwinha…

  23. Hope the MDC has learnt form the ZPF polls, no imposition on candidates, you will stand a better chance.

  24. The so callled bigwigs have got to hang around (most of them are way over 65yrs of age) to protect their ill-gotten wealth. All of them cannot survive after zanupf becuase all of them have not been wise – investing in life after politics.

  25. Uyu wemoshonga yekuMalawi ngaatsvage imwe platform please

    1. kabius kekedu

      Uchenjere kuroiwa iwe. Siya akadaro.

  26. The pomposity of Chris!!! Where is Johnso?

  27. Yah im so glad that Chris lost. I was there at the ZESN meeting and Chris was so offensively arrogant. Worse still he repeated his tired promise of turning Norton into an Export Processing Zone. Problem is that was the same message he was preaching in 2013. Good riddance to all these old guys.

  28. Comment…zanu has factored in a lot of technocrats…mark my words ey r gng to win….landslide victory chaiyo

  29. Kuwiriranakwakanakakugarakunzwanana Garanewakomurudohamandishe

    Comment…Vazukuru vangu ndafara. Nekuti nhasi makunda.
    Aiwa, aiwa nhasi ndakukudzayi.
    Mangwana ndimi vana sekuru.
    Mangwana ndimi madzitategurugu.
    Hupenyu inhaka, inosiiramwa.

    1. Chopppa


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