Zanu PF Matabeleland South Province has received at least 426 applications from members who wish to take part in the forthcoming primary elections with some party heavy weights facing stiff competition in their various constituencies.
The Provincial Executive Committee (PEC) met in Gwanda to receive curriculum vitaes (CVs) of those interested in representing Zanu PF in the coming harmonised elections.
The process however saw members of the PEC who also submitted their applications recusing themselves to avoid conflict of interest.
In an interview with the ZBC News Zanu PF’s provincial chairman Cde Rabelani Choene revealed that they had received more than 426 applications from all the seven districts with Gwanda having the highest number of submissions at 148.
Cde Choene said while the response is pleasing the party is wary of the possibility of infiltration.
He went further to urge party members uphold a unity of purpose, with the focus being to dislodge the opposition.
“We can’t rule out infiltration, there are people we don’t know who are telling us that they are part of the district structure. The PEC has however been checking their names against the district registers to verify if they are telling the truth. All the same all the CVs will be sent to the national directorate which has the final say,” he said.
Cde Choene added “there is no need for the aspiring candidates to fight each other because we don’t want to go to the harmonised elections harbouring hard feelings towards one another”.
Some of the interesting submissions thrown in hat will see seven members who include former director of national security in the President’s office Cde Albert Nguluvhe eyeing the Beitbridge East national assembly seat currently occupied by Vice President Kembo Mohadi.
Provincial Minister of State and Gwanda South legislator Cde Abednico Ncube has three contenders among them radio personality Ompile Marupi.
Insiza North MP Cde Andrew Langa will battle it out with 6 other aspirants while Cde Choene will face off with sitting Senator for Beitbridge Cde Tambudzai Mohadi.
From the Midlands Province aspiring candidates will have to contend with stiff competition in the primary elections set for the fifth of May before they get the ticket to represent the ruling party in the 2018 elections.
Zanu PF Midlands election directorate convened a meeting to finalise their list of potential candidates who will contest in the primary election and subsequently the winner representing the party in the coming harmonised elections.
Many new faces have shown interest to represent the party in parliamentary, council and senatorial polls with most of the constituencies receiving more than five candidates.
Uncontested for the senatorial seats are Foreign Affairs and International Trade Minister Retired Brigadier General Dr Sibusiso Moyo in Mberengwa, Cde Tsitsi Muzenda for Gweru and Engineer Daniel Mackenzie Ncube for Kwekwe senatorial seat.
In Zvishavane’s senatorial seat, former Foreign Affairs Minister Cde Simbarashe Mumbengegwi will have to battle it out with national rail utility board chair Cde Larry Mavhima.
Stiff competition is expected in Gokwe Nembudziya constituency were the incumbent legislator Cde Justice Mayor Wadyajena will have to fight it out with the former minister in the vice president’s office Cde Flora Bhuka and Politburo member Cde Edson Chakanyuka Chiherenge.
In Mberengwa South, six candidates are vying for the parliamentary seat including former ZBC CEO Cde Alum Mpofu while in Chirumhanzu-Zibagwe eight candidates are eyeing the lower house seat.
In Redcliff incumbent legislator Cde Harris Ncube will face off with three other candidates including Local Government, Public Works and National Housing Minister Cde July Moyo.
Midlands Provincial Affairs Minister Cde Owen Ncube is likely to go uncontested in his Gokwe Kana constituency.
Speaking to ZBC News on the sidelines of an election directorate meeting, Zanu PF provincial spokesperson Cde Cornelious Mupereri said the response from the party members who want to represent the party in the coming election is overwhelming.
“Other aspirants who are said to be facing disciplinary cases such as Cdes Chiratidzo Mabuwa, former Midlands Minister of State Jason Machaya, Tafana Zhou and Francis Nhema who submitted their CVs, the province will forward them with recommendations to the National Elections Commission,” said Cde Mupereri.
The Midlands elections directorate meeting was briefly graced by the First Lady Amai Auxillia Mnangagwa.