This is renewal in motion

The list presented by the party’s National Political Commissar Cde Englebert Rugeje showed that out of about 200 constituencies that had submitted results, 135 names are new.
Results of the remaining roughly 10 constituencies were still to be concluded.

Zanu-PF’s renewal under President Emmerson Mnangagwa is well in motion with statistics showing that more than 70 percent of the people who will represent the ruling party in National Assembly elections this year are fresh faces.

A comparative analysis of the new candidates unveiled for National Assembly seats, after the party’s primary elections last week, and those on the 2013 list shows that the party is undergoing a seismic shift.

The diversity of sectors represented by the winning candidates’ also demonstrates that Zanu-PF is attracting representation from the best brains in industry, commerce, sport, humanities, and other fields.

Among the new comers are are Postal and Telecommunications Regulatory Authority of Zimbabwe board chair and banker Cde Ozias Bvute, renowned medical practitioner Dr Obadiah Moyo, Zimbabwe Cricket chair Cde Tavengwa Mukhuklani, Zimbabwe Football Association vice-chair Cde Omega Sibanda, Midlands business tycoon Cde Chrispen Tomu, prominent writer and academic Dr Sekai Nzenza, and popular radio personality Cde Umpili Marubi, among many others.

The list presented by the party’s National Political Commissar Cde Englebert Rugeje showed that out of about 200 constituencies that had submitted results, 135 names are new.

Results of the remaining roughly 10 constituencies were still to be concluded.

According to the statistics, all the party’s provinces expect Matabeleland North, have more new entrants than those who represented Zanu-PF in 2013.

Bulawayo has seven new candidates against five who stood in 2013; Harare has 21 against six; Manicaland 16 compared to eight; and Mashonaland Central has nine new contestantsfor its 17 constituencies.

In Mashonaland Central, one of the biggest casualties was the Minister of State for Provincial Affairs Advocate Martin Dinha who lost the Mazowe North seat to Cde Champion Mugweni.

Mashonaland East’s 21 constituencies have 16 new faces, with only five surviving from 2013. In Mashonaland West, there are 14 new contestants while four prior contenders returned.

Notable casualties in the province include politburo member Ambassador Christopher Mutsvagwa while Zifa president Phillip Chiyangwa, who took part in the 2013 polls, was this time defeated in the primaries by Cde Last Shumba.

Masvingo is also being revitalised, with 18 new candidates and eight from 2013. Among the new comers are Mines and Mining Development Minister Cde Winston Chitando.

In Matabeleland North, there were six new faces while seven remained from the 2013 candidates.

Some of the big guns absent from Matabeleland South list from 2013 include Vice-President Kembo Mohadi, who decided not to stand, and Minister of State for Provincial Affairs Cde Abednico Ncube, who lost to Cde Umpili Marubi.

In Midlands, the 27 constituencies enumerated revealed that there are 20 new candidates, including War Veterans Association secretary-general Cde Victor Matemadanda.

Political analyst and University of Zimbabwe media lecturer Mr Wellington Gadzikwa said the statistics were evidence that Zanu-PF was experiencing a rebirth.

“First and foremost, any organisation that does not renew itself will die and the time is up for being career minister or Member of Parliament,” he said. “This is a good development for Zanu-PF because new hands come with different ideas.

“What this also shows is that the electorate are now wiser, can reject and eject those who do not perform.

“This is a good lesson to all MP’s in that they need to be accountable and take the trust bestowed on them seriously than their predecessors.

“It seems the electorate wants leaders with substance and this is a kind of renewal that every party needs.”

 

Results Statistics

Bulawayo: New faces 7, Old candidates 5

Harare: New faces 21, 6 old

Manicaland: New faces 16, old faces 8

Mashonaland Central: New faces 9 old faces 8

Mashonaland East: New faces 16, old faces 5

Mashonaland West: New faces 14, old faces 3

Masvingo: New faces 18, old faces 8

Mat Noth: New faces 6, old faces 7

Mat South: New faces 9m old faces new

Midlands: new faces 20, old faces 7

 

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