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ZANU PF Secures Victory in Harare East, Mt Pleasant By-Elections Expands Representation in National Assembly

George Mashavave

ZANU PF has expanded its presence in the National Assembly following the victory of its candidates, George Mashavave and Kiven Mutimbanyoka, in the recent Mt Pleasant and Harare East by-elections.

The by-elections, held on Saturday, April 27, 2024, were prompted by the resignations of Fadzayi Mahere (Mt Pleasant) and Allan Markham (Harare East), both former members of the opposition Citizens Coalition for Change (CCC).

In the Mt Pleasant Constituency, ZANU PF’s George Mashavave secured 3,205 votes, while independent candidates Mamuse Nason and Ticky Brian garnered 945 and 220 votes respectively.

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The voter turnout in Mt Pleasant stood at 11.6%, with 206 ballots rejected.

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Meanwhile, in Harare East, ZANU PF’s Kiven Mutimbanyoka emerged victorious with 3,533 votes. Independent candidate Ropafadzo Cynthia Cheza trailed behind with 1,974 votes.

The results of these by-elections highlight ZANU PF’s strengthened position in the National Assembly, reflecting shifts in political dynamics within Zimbabwe.

In another story, Low voter numbers cast shadow over Harare East and Mount Pleasant by-elections. HARARE – Zimbabwe’s Harare East and Mount Pleasant constituencies saw low voter turnout in Saturday’s by-elections, with 15.2% and 11.6% respectively, following the resignation of two Citizens Coalition for Change (CCC) legislators.

ZANU-PF candidates won both seats, marking a shift in areas traditionally held by the opposition.

The by-elections were necessitated by the departure of CCC’s Fadzayi Mahere and Allan Markham from the National Assembly. ZANU-PF’s Mutimbanyoka Kiven and Mashavave George secured the constituencies with leads of 1,559 and 2,040 votes. …read in full

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