By Shami Lynette Makombe
A ZANU PF top officials who lost last week’s provincial elections has come out complaining of lack of democracy in the ruling party while also claim that he was rigged out of victory.
Albert Nyakuedzwa narrowly lost to Mike Madiro in the Manicaland provincial chairperson race, garnering 14 748 votes against Madiro’s 16 263 votes.
Nyakuedzwa, who is the Zanu PF PF Makoni district co-ordinating committee (DCC) chairperson, has claimed that Madiro used intimidatory tactics to win the elections. He added that his supporters were constantly calling him saying they were being victimised for openly complaining for him.
“I want to put it on record that I don’t own any supporter in Zanu PF. People who voted for me are Zanu PF supporters,” Nyakuedzwa told NewsDay.
“I am just told that people who voted for me are being victimised in Chipinge. I have received calls that Madiro is removing those people in leadership positions and is putting his supporters. I am further told that even those in leadership positions who won in my basket have received threats that they will be removed. Surely, this is not democracy.
“In fact, Madiro should also (not abuse) me because I also have powers in the province. All that we want is to unite the province and win the 2023 elections.”
Nyakuedzwa also claimed that Madiro’s narrow electoral victory was because he “rigged the elections”.
The Zanu PF Manicaland provincial spokesperson, Oliver Mandipaka, directed all questions related to the just-ended elections to the party headquarters in Harare.
The revelations come after the Zanu PF Politburo on Wednesday endorsed the elections, with President Mnangagwa exhorting the losing candidates to accept defeat and work for the party together with those declared the winners.
“As we deliberate on the report of the elections, I urge all members of the Party to be mindful of the fact that, in our Party, there are no winners and losers. It is the people and ultimately the Party that wins.
“Party cadres who did not make it in the recent elections must avail themselves, their experiences, skills and competencies to build and grow our mass Party.
“Just as iron sharpens iron, the spirit of camaraderie and collegiality must be harnessed as we all serve this great Party, Zanu PF and the nation as a whole.
“An election lost must never dampen the revolutionary spirit of any cadre, but inspire them to learn, develop and mature in their political career,” he said while opening the Politburo at the party’s headquarters.