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Lupane spits on Nelson Chamisa

04 Aug 2019 at 12:54hrs | Views
The MDC under Nelson Chamisa 's leadership has yet again lost a by-election to ZANU PF. The MDC garnered a respectable 4492 votes while ZANU PF emerged victorious with 6 126 votes counted in its favour.

Maureen Kademaunga of the MDC national executive is of the opinion that the MDC had gained votes and reduced the margin of loss from the 2018 figures to the by-election figures.

Japhet Ndiweni a resident of Lupane said the residents of Lupane were fed up of the MDC and its activism without any real action to change people's lives.

Other residents attributed the ZANU PF win to Obert Mpofu the party's secretary for Administration who they said was strategic, visionary and hard-working on the ground.

Nelson Chamisa addressed a campaign rally in Lupane which left a bittersweet taste in the ears of Lupane residents. While others hailed Chamisa for his spirited attempt at speaking IsiNdebele, others admired how he connected with the crowd and could relate to them, while others said his entire speech lacked substance and solutions specific to the Matebeleland region and Lupane in particular.

The MDC's defeat comes against a backdrop of serious credibility and relevance problems bedevilling the MDC in Bulawayo. The MDC is troubled in Matebeleland and this will give rise to a new force of opposition in the region. The people of Matebeleland feel that the MDC no longer represents their interests and is now part of a conspiracy theory to disenfranchise the people of Matebeleland. This school of thought has been touted by Mthwakazi Republic Party MRP which did not fare well in the by-election.

It is celebrations galore as the ZANU PF youth league deputy secretary for Education Mbongeni Dube heads to the august house to represent the people of Lupane, while Nelson Chamisa and his party lick their wounds, pray, fast and hope for a better day.

Source - Nicholas Ncube
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