ZANU PF has delayed the release of official results for the provincial elections held on Tuesday, causing anxiety even within the party and outside where critics are keen to follow the ever fluid power dynamics in the ruling party.
Even though social media and some mainstream newspapers have already announced results from some provinces, party commissar Mike Bimha yesterday said the results would be announced when they are ready.
“We are still waiting for some results which are still outstanding,” he said. “Definitely tomorrow morning (today), we are hopeful that we would have received all of them because some of the results were collated today (yesterday).
“There were challenges because of the rains and some areas were not accessible, so we have to wait for everything to be in position. We cannot announce any results when they are not all available,” Bimha said.
Bimha on Tuesday released a statement indicating that all results would be released from the Zanu PF national headquarters in Harare after collation and verification.
Unconfirmed reports indicated that Mary Mliswa-Chikoka had trounced her three rivals for the Mashonaland West provincial chairmanship to become the first woman to lead the ruling party in a province.
Other candidates who were reported to have won the chairmanship include Robison Mavhenyengwa (Masvingo), Kazembe Kazembe (Mashonaland Central), Jabulani Sibanda (Bulawayo), Mangaliso Ndhlovu (Matabeleland South), Godwills Masimirembwa (Harare), Albert Nyakuedzwa (Manicaland) and Richard Moyo (Matabeleland North).
Larry Mavhima was elected unopposed in the Midlands province.
Housing and Social Amenities minister Daniel Garwe is reported to have snatched the provincial chairmanship in Mashonaland East. Ozias Bvute, who had covered ground in the province, was removed from the list of candidates a day before the polls.
Zanu PF heavyweights who fell by the wayside in the polls include Masvingo Provincial Affairs minister Ezra Chadzamira, Home Affairs deputy minister Mike Madiro (Manicaland) and Local Government deputy minister Marian Chombo (Mashonaland West)