Harare, December 2, 2013- Zanu (PF)’s provincial elections, marred by accusations of vote rigging, came to an end Sunday with party chairman Simon Khaya Moyo emphasising all results were subject to ratification by the politburo.
Khaya-Moyo told a media briefing that results from Mashonaland West were outstanding without giving reasons for the delay.
However the party’s secretary for administration Didymus Mutasa who sat for almost an hour with journalists in the boardroom at the party’s Harare head office was unimpressed with the delays.
He was heard expressing his dismay in a phone conversation with an aide.
“Tell Mavhaire (Dzikamai) tirikuda kuenda kudzimba dzedu (we want to go to our homes) what is holding the results you cannot be taking the whole day counting,” a visibly exasperated Mutasa said.
Mavhaire led the election team in Mashonaland Central where flamboyant businessman Philip Chiyangwa, embroiled in a bitter divorce battle, was seeking to be chairman against incumbent John Mafa, Temba Mliswa, Nimrod Chiminya and Blessed Geza.
One notable loser in the contentious elections was Chipangano leaders Jim Kunaka. Kunaka led Chipangano in 2008 at the height the country’s political crisis and through a bloody electoral campaign in which the opposition MDC-T claims over 300 of its members lost their lives.
The former Harare City Council employee was trounced by Godfrey Gomwe who polled 1410 to Kunaka’s 867 and six other contestants.
Khaya-Moyo, who announced the results, conceded that the internal poll was far from being perfect citing various inconveniences. Results from six of the seven outstanding provinces showed the party’ sitting chairpersons retaining their positions in five of the seven provinces.
“I am aware that some inconveniences could have been caused by inadequate provision of transport, late arrival of ballot papers and inaccuracies in some registers. Corrective measures were promptly taken were applicable,” said Khaya-Moyo.
The Zanu PF chairman said the elections had shown the unity in Zanu PF, brushing aside reports of deep divisions in the party, particularly over the succession of President Robert Mugabe.
Khaya-Moyo’s emphasis on politburo endorsement of the poll results was an attempt to reduce the damage as shown by the acrimony that followed the announcement of results in the first three provinces of Manicaland, the Midlands and Mashonaland Central early last month.
Meanwhile, former envoy and Harare provincial chairman Amos Midzi made light work of Mt Pleasant legislator Jaison Passade by 5615 to 3011.
In Bulawayo Callistus Ndlovu retained the Bulawayo chairmanship by 1800 votes, Ray Kaukonde claimed Mashonaland East trouncing his opponent by a massive 24,263 votes.
In Matebeleland North leader Richard Moyo easily sailed through while Sports Minister Andrew Langa kept his post in Matebeleland South.
In Masvingo retired military general Callisto Gwanetsa outmanoeuvred former legislator Alois Baloyi to win the chairmanship left by suspended provincial leader Lovemore Matuke. Matuke was suspended over his shoddy handling of the party’s primary elections ahead of the July harmonised poll.
Shylette Uyoyo now leads the party women’s league in Masvingo while Acqillina Katsande landed Mashonaland East unopposed.
The 89 year-old Mugabe was two weeks ago forced to intervene as deep in the party threatened to tear Zanu PF apart.
Two factions, one allegedly led by party deputy president Joice Mujuru and another led by Justice Minister Emmerson Mnangagwa, have over the last few years fought a vicious battle for the control of the liberation movement.