Ex-RBZ officials, Musakwa and Kereke, lock horns in Zanu PF polls


MASVINGO — Former Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe (RBZ) officials Munyaradzi Kereke and Elias Musakwa will battle it out in Zanu PF primaries in Bikita West constituency in a showdown that promises to be epic, as the two are known to splash cash when trying to win votes.

Report by Tatenda Chitagu

The two’s CVs were accepted by the Zanu PF nomination court at the weekend, with primary polls slated for June 24 countrywide.

This is the second time that Musakwa, now engaged in Lowveld sugarcane farming, is contesting for the seat.

In the 2008 elections, Musakwa narrowly lost to MDC-T’s Heya Shoko. Musakwa’s campaign trail left visible change in the area that saw several schools being computerised, as well as women getting sewing machines, among other implements.

On the other hand, Kereke, former advisor to RBZ governor Gideon Gono, has also done a lot for the area during the short stint after he made his intentions known that he coveted a senatorial seat.

Kereke, initially, eyed the seat, but switched to seeking a parliamentary seat after the new Constitution was adopted. The new charter stipulated new regulations for the election of Senators.

He has sponsored the reburial exercise of war veterans for an undisclosed amount of money believed to run into tens of thousands of dollars, donated truckfuls of maize, flour and other groceries, as well as sponsored the rehabilitation of a dam, among other commitments.

Zanu PF sources say it is dog eat dog contest, as the two are vigorously campaigning to outsmart each other in an effort to win the sole ticket to represent the party.

The sources expect a tight race given the two’s almost equal popularity in the area.