FOUR candidates who will challenge Vice-President Emmerson Mnangagwa’s wife Auxillia in the Chirumanzu-Zibagwe constituency in a by-election scheduled for March 27 have not yet released campaign manifestos.
The candidates, who will battle it out against Auxillia (Zanu PF), are Munashe Mutodza (National Constitutional Assembly), Abigail Rumbidzai Musambasa (Transform Zimbabwe), Gadzamoyo Dehwa (Good People’s Movement) and an independent, Chawaona Wilbroad Kanoti.
Less than three weeks from the election date, only Zanu PF has been visible laying the campaign drive for its candidate, Auxillia.
On Sunday in Gweru the Southern Eye witnessed one car with posters of Transform Zimbabwe candidate Musambasa urging the electorate to vote for her, but to date no campaign rallies had been held by any of the four candidates.
NCA spokesperson, Madock Chivasa, did not respond to questions e-mailed to him on when his party would launch its campaign manifesto.
Speaking after announcements by the nomination court in January this year, Zanu PF provincial spokesperson, Cornelius Mpereri, said his party would not face any challenge from the contesting candidates.
“This is a democracy, that’s why you saw every Tom, Dick and Harry with or without shoes coming with his or her papers so that the people could choose whom they want to represent them,” he said.
“We have parties, which in marketing terms, I would call no-names, that is what we saw today.”
The MDC, MDC-T, MDC-Renewal and Zapu, who have said they would not contest elections until electoral reforms were put in place, did not field candidates for the Chirumanzu-Zibagwe seat.