The ZANU PF candidate for Gokwe-Kabuyuni, Spencer Tshuma, is confident of winning the seat in the by-election set to be held on 27 August.
Tshuma (42), who garnered 4 335 votes in the ZANU PF primary elections beating three other candidates whose combined votes were 4 246, will face CCC’s Costin Muguti (52) who held the seat between 2008 and 2013. Said Tshuma:
I am going to win that election resoundingly and I am going to break the record. The 27 August election is going to be a win for Zanu-PF and the response from the people so far points to that.
I discovered that Gokwe is still lagging behind in terms of infrastructure development and this is how I decided to represent it under my party, ZANU PF.
I will use the resources that I have to develop Gokwe and that will also be done as a way of giving back to the community that I come from.
As the President always says, Nyika inovakwa nevene vayo, I can also say Kabuyuni inovakwa nevene vayo which I am also part of.
Right now, as I am speaking, my machines are on the ground constructing dams to preserve water for the Kabuyuni people and I didn’t remove them because I won a primary election.
We are now finishing the third dam. We are targeting streams which are losing water without any form of production achieved.
Gokwe is a farming area and that water has to be preserved for livestock production and garden projects for our rural women.
The seat fell vacant following the death of Leonard Chikomba (ZANU PF) in a road accident in May.
The accident occurred about 20km away from Chikomba’s home along the Gokwe-Chitekete highway.
He was coming from a ZANU PF Provincial Coordinating Committee meeting in Gweru.
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