Zanu-PF edges close to victory in disputed poll

Sinqobile Tessa

Zanu PF has won 126 parliamentary seats out of the 196 constituency results announced so far, in an election widely condemned by regional and international observers.

The party needs to win 140 seats to have the two thirds majority in parliament.

ZanuPF retained its major rural votes while opposition Citizens Coalition for Change (CCC) maintained the grip in urban areas.

A trend has however emerged with regards to presidential figures indicating that some people may have voted for a ZanuPF MP and not President Emmerson Mngangagwa.

For example a Zanu PF candidate in one constituency got more than 12 000 votes while Mnangagwa polled 10 100.

The trend, known as ‘bhora musango’, loosely meaning kick the ball away, which is a reflection of the internal strife in ZanuPF was also there in 2018 when the president won the race with a small margin.

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Meanwhile the main contenders in the race, Mnanganga, 80, and Nelson Chamisa, 45, are both claiming victory though indications are that the latter maybe in the lead.

Official results are expected late Sunday or Monday

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