Opposition Citizens Coalition for Change (CCC) interim chairperson for Matebeleland North, Prince Dubeko Sibanda, has claimed that the ruling ZANU PF has “chickened out” of the Binga by-elections.
The Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (ZEC), recently announced council by-elections in Binga, Victoria Falls and Gweru.
All the seats fell vacant after the incumbent councillors were recalled by the MDC Alliance party led by Senator Douglas Mwonzora.
The by-elections are slated for early next month.
Prince Dubeko Sibanda told NewZimbabwe that the campaign environment in Binga was “peaceful and calm” ahead of the polls. He said:
This is one of the elections which CCC is literally campaigning alone,” the opposition legislator said.
ZANU PF and its surrogate MDC-T seems to have chickened out from the by- election race despite the fact that they are the ones who caused the polls to happen.
Our people are campaigning peacefully here.
However, we are aware that ZANU PF normally has a strategy of unleashing violence during the last days of the polls; we are ready for them.
In Matopos, Insiza and other parts of the country where by-elections were recently held, there were reports of politically-motivated violence against the CCC by suspected ZANU PF supporters.