By Johannes Chin’ombe
Masvingo, August 22, 2016 – GOSPEL musician and Zanu PF politician, Elias Musakwa’s ambition to become an MP has failed again after losing party primaries to find a candidate for the Bikita West parliamentary seat on Saturday.
The seat fell vacant following the jailing of Munyaradzi Kereke for rape recently and there were 10 contestants who were vying for the seat.
But Musakwa only got 540 votes, losing to eventual winner Beauty Chabaya who garnered 1 423 votes.
It is Musakwa’s third attempt at becoming MP and he joins another party faithful Joosbi Omar who has lost four times.
Musakwa filed no formal complaint against the way the primary poll was conducted but was overheard in informal discussions with party members saying his loss was deliberately engineered by party rivals.
Zanu PF insiders present said he moved around telling people that Provincial Political Commissar Jeppy Jaboon had fixed the seat for his alleged girlfriend.
“Musakwa is very humiliated. He thought he had no competition since he had shown interest in the constituency for long. He is even mobilising us all to challenge the electorate saying Jaboon rigged to pave way for his girlfriend,” a source said.
Masvingo Zanu PF provincial chairperson, Amasi Nenjana however dismissed Musakwa’s claims saying if he was not happy about the process, he should have filed a formal report.
“We don’t care about Musakwa. If he was not happy as he said he should have filed a complaint and we would have forwarded it to the national commissar for consideration by now. Since there was no formal complaint in 24 hours, I can safely say the by-election was a success,” Nenjana said.
Amongst the contestants, Daniel Makusha go 418 votes, Delight Mandebvu (382) and General Mashingaidze getting 212.
Wellington Mutisi got 123, Douglas Makuku (117), Joshua Dhewa (75), Simon Masosonere (56) and Godfery Murire (18).
The total votes cast were 3364 with three spoiled votes.
Meanwhile, Zanu PF is set to take a second uncontested sit in Masvingo after the Mwenezi by-election which was meant to replace former Minister of State for Masvingo, Kudakwashe Bhasikiti as opposition have vowed to boycott elections until government makes electoral reforms ahead of the 2018 elections.