Citizens Coalition for Change (CCC) candidates in the March 26 by-elections, Masvingo Urban Ward 4 Thokozile Muchuchuti and Aleck Tabe are at loggerheads over the removal of campaign posters.
Muchuchuti told TellZim that she believes Tabe’s supporters are the ones removing her posters.
She alleged that at one point she caught them in the act and reported the matter to Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (ZEC) and the Zimbabwe Republic Police (ZRP). Said Muchuchuti:
We reported the issue to the police when we saw Tabe’s people removing my posters one night because we did not want to place the law into our hands.
We are law-abiding citizens who respect the law even though there has been no progress of arrests since I filed the report.
At ZEC, we were called together with Tabe for a disciplinary hearing where they opened a code of conduct for both of us and warned against violating campaign strategies for each other.
After we were called by ZEC, the situation got even worse, it is like they took an oath just to sabotage the campaign for me but I will not bow down, especially now because of the support which I am receiving from the community.
They are my driving force because they are motivating me to build my victory.
Muchuchuti said CCC took away her party privileges like monetary funds to carry out campaigns.
She said she has been getting help from the community as well as well-wishers to forge ahead with her programmes.
Before the removal of her campaign posters, Muchuchuti had reported Tabe for allegedly physically assaulting her, confiscating her documents and other particulars when the Nomination Court sat on 26 January.