Opposition CCC has won the by-elections held Saturday for Chipinge Ward 16, but by a small margin with Zanu PF getting close to taking away the local ward seat.
Ward 16 is in Chipinge West and covers areas such as Maronga, Kondo, Sakuinje, Mwacheta and parts of Middle Sabi estates.
Four candidates were vying for the Chipinge Rural District Council’s Ward 16 seat which fell vacant following the recalling of its councillor by the MDC Alliance.
In the by-election for the ward held on 23 July, former ward councillor, Rapheus Sithole polled 1291 votes to win back the seat. Sithole had won the seat in 2018 when he was representing the MDC Alliance.
In the 2018 elections, Sithole polled 2063 votes against Zanu-PF’s 1280 votes.
But he was recalled by the party for crossing the floor to join the Citizens Coalition for Change led by Nelson Chamisa.
On Sunday morning, Chamisa celebrated the victory saying he was thankful for the brave party supporters who made the victory possible. However, his supporters were quick to remind him that the victory was too narrow for comfort.
CCC activist Hopewell Chin’ono also warned that the opposition party needed to do more as its base appeared to be shrinking when compared to the votes the party amassed in previous elections. Zanu-PF appeared to be closing the gap in lost areas where the CCC held sway.
In the Chipinge Ward 16, Zanu PF candidate Gladys Muposhi polled 1205 votes, coming close to wrestling away the seat.
Other candidates included National Constitutional Assembly (NCA)’s Remeredzai Marian Ziki and Zachariah Sigauke of Patriotic Zimbabwe.