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Zanu-PF 'chickens out' of Binga by-election

by Staff reporter
17 Nov 2022 at 05:11hrs | Views
THE opposition Citizens Coalition for Change (CCC) has described the campaign environment in Binga as "peaceful and calm" ahead of by-elections slated for early next month.

National polls management agency, 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 Douglas Mwonzora-led MDC Alliance party.

CCC Matebeleland North interim chairperson, Prince Dubeko Sibanda, claimed that since the election dates were announced, Zanu-PF has not been visible on the ground.

"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."

The CCC provincial chairperson said, unlike the violence which rocked the recent by-election in Matopos and Insiza, the environment in Binga was peaceful.

"Our people are campaigning peaceful here," he said.

"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."

Suspected Zanu-PF supporters went on a rampage, assaulting CCC members including legislators during the Insiza and Matopos by-elections.

The ruling party's chairperson for Matebeleland North, Richard Moyo could not be reached for comment as his mobile phone was not reachable.

Source - NewZimbabwe