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Councillor's widow in race to replace husband

by Staff reporter
12 Feb 2019 at 22:28hrs | Views
THE widow to former MDC Alliance councillor Hapson Ncube is among five party members vying to replace him in the Ward 28 by-election in Bulawayo.

Ms Meliqiniso Sithole together with Ms Nomagugu Sibanda, Mr Pasho Sibanda and Mr Ashton Maphosa and Mr Luke Mapato have submitted their names expressing their interest to contest the vacant seat.

Ncube died in December and the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (Zec) is soon expected to hold a by-election to replace him. MDC Alliance Bulawayo spokesperson Mr Edwin Ndlovu yesterday confirmed that the five have expressed interest in representing the party in that ward.

"We have received applications from five party members who qualify to represent MDC in the Ward 28 by-election. One of them is the widow to the late councillor Hapson Ncube. The province has submitted their names to the party's national elections directorate for consideration," said Mr Ndlovu.

He said once the national elections directorate has completed the vetting, the party would hold primary elections to identify the ideal candidate.

"We expect that the national elections directorate would deploy members who will come and hold primary elections before the end of this week or early next week," he said. Last month, Zec revealed that the Nomination Court for Ward 28 by-election would sit on February 22.

This means that contesting political parties should have identified candidates to represent them in the local authority poll. Zanu-PF in Bulawayo province recently revealed that it would field Kidwell Mujuru, who contested the same position during the harmonised election and lost to Ncube.

Source - chronicle

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