MASVINGO – Former high profile Zanu PF politicians’ sons – who include those of former vice-presidents, ministers, legislators and national heroes – are seeking to retrace their fathers’ footsteps, the party’s nomination results confirm.
REPORT BY TATENDA CHITAGU
In Masvingo, the late Vice-President Simon Muzenda’s last born Tongai wants to contest in Gutu West, where he intends to tap on his father’s political legacy.
He will battle it out with the party’s incumbent legislator Noel Mandebvu Evaristo Chikandwa and George Serima in the party primaries, if approved by the party headquarters.
He is not the only one who seeks to fill in daddy’s shoes.
Late maverick politician and national hero Eddison Mudadirwa Zvobgo’s son, Edison Junior, has for the second time declared his interest to stand in Masvingo Central.
He previously lost the party primaries to his rival Edmund Mhere, whom he will again face this time around.
The late Masvingo North MP George Mudukuti’s son Mainos also wants to take advantage of his father’s legacy by throwing his hat into the ring.
He will battle it out with six others, Simbarashe Manjoro, Thomas Ziki, Colonel David Moyo, Onismo Mukumba, Davis Marapira and Jacob Chademana.
Elsewhere in Matabeleland North, the late Vice-President John Landa Nkomo’s son Jabulani is also seeking political office.
It, however, remains to be seen if their fathers’ shoes will not prove too big for them. Political analysts warned that trying to use the popularity of their fathers may not be easy as times have changed, because some of the aspiring sons may not be as popular and eloquent as their late fathers.