THE Chitekete business centre in Gokwe came to a standstill as ZANU PF supporters celebrated the victory of popular businessman Spencer Tshuma in the revolutionary party’s primary elections for the Gokwe -Kabuyuni constituency Sunday evening.
Tshuma romped to victory after beating three other contestants in the tight primary elections which saw over 8 600 people casting their votes.
Tshuma’s supporters who braved the chilly evening weather sprung into celebrations as soon as the presiding officer announced the results at the command centre.
“We are very happy that we managed to hold the elections in a very peaceful manner. The results we have here are a true reflection of the people’s will.
“The results are as follows; Ncube Layton, 220 votes, Nyoni Tapera, 363 votes, Munkuli Manager 3661 votes and Tshuma Spencer 4335 votes. I therefore declare Tshuma Spencer as the winner of these primary elections. I urge all the contestants to start working together for the good of the party,” said the presiding officer, Lilian Zemura.
Tshuma, a protégé of the late Leonard Chikomba in business circles, promised to deliver come August.
“Firstly, I would like to thank the ruling party leaders who allowed me to participate in these elections as well as the party supporters who showed confidence in me.
“My task is to make this constituency great and I am ready to ensure that some of the critical issues like road infrastructure and water problems are addressed.
“These are the things which will make the people vote for the revolutionary party in the upcoming elections and I promise to do my best,” said the ZANU PF candidate.
One of the contestants in the primary elections, Layton Ncube pledged to work together with the winning candidate for the good of the revolutionary party.
“I am very happy that we were given a chance to represent the party in such crucial elections.
“However, I want to urge my fellow contestants to be part of the campaign team for our party to win resoundingly in the upcoming by-elections. As ZANU PF we are guided by the party’s ideology and as such the party is bigger than individuals,” he said.
The Gokwe-Kabuyuni by-election will be held on the 27th of next month.
The seat fell vacant after the death of Leonard Chikomba in a road traffic accident in May.