ZANU-PF completed its rout of the MDC-T by sweeping 1 493 out of 1 958 wards in the local authority elections translating to over 76 percent dominance in local government countrywide. This comes on the heels of the 61,07 percent rout handed to MDC-T leader Mr Morgan Tsvangirai by President Mugabe who left the outgoing prime minister contending with 33.94 percent of the vote with Zanu-PF clinching 160 seats out of the 210 National Assembly constituencies to give the revolutionary party a crushing 76 percent dominance.
After factoring in the 60 women’s quota seats elected by proportional representation six for each of the 10 provinces, the final composition of the National Assembly comes to 197 seats for Zanu-PF, 70 for MDC-T, two for the MDC, and one independent giving Zanu-PF just under 73 percent of the total seats in the National Assembly but well over the two thirds majority of 180 seats.
Results released by the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission reveal that Zanu-PF will dominate the country’s rural and urban councils for the next five years after winning 1 493 wards against a mere 442 for the MDC-T.
The MDC-T’s grip on urban local authorities was also significantly reduced, with Zanu-PF winning the majority of wards in Marondera, Bindura, Chinhoyi and sharing by half wards in Kwekwe, Rusape and Plumtree.
The Professor Welshman Ncube-led MDC got 14 wards, while Mr Dumiso Dabengwa’s Zapu managed a face saver with only one ward.
There were 1 951 council wards on offer during the harmonised elections on 31 July.
The compiled results availed by Zec show a huge gap in popularity between the political parties that contested the elections, with Zanu-PF regaining the people’s mandate in areas it had previously lost to the MDC formations.
In Matabeleland South, Zanu-PF won 110 wards compared to the MDC-T’s 47, while Prof Ncube’s MDC managed nine wards.
Zanu-PF swept all the 15 wards on offer in Beitbridge Rural District Council, while in the Midlands province it got 221 wards, sweeping all 19 wards in Runde RDC, 25 in Takawira and 24 in Tongogara.
The MDC-T only managed 72 wards in the vast Midlands province.
Zanu-PF failed to win a single seat in Bulawayo with all 19 going to the MDC-T, while in Harare Metropolitan province, Zanu-PF managed 24 wards against the MDC-T’s 54 wards.
In Matabeleland North, Zanu-PF got 84 wards against 104 of the MDC-T, with two going to the MDC while an independent candidate won the other.
Zanu-PF reversed the dominance the MDC-T had in some urban wards except in Bulawayo unlike in the 2008 harmonised elections when MDC-T dominated in urban wards.
In Masvingo, Zanu-PF got 224 wards, while the MDC-T received 18 wards, with Zanu-PF winning all the wards on offer in Chiredzi, Chivi and Mwenezi.
In Mashonaland West, the revolutionary party got 191 wards, with 38 going to the MDC-T.
All the wards in Zvimba, Makonde, Sanyati and Mhondoro-Ngezi in the province went to Zanu-PF.
The trend was the same in Mashonaland East where Zanu-PF received 216 wards against 13 for the MDC-T.
Zanu-PF had clean sweeps in Chikomba, Manyame, Marondera, Mudzi, Murehwa, Mutoko, Zvataida and Wedza districts in the province.
MDC-T managed to win all seven wards in Ruwa, while in Marondera Central; Zanu-PF won nine out of the 12 wards on offer. In Mashonaland Central, out of the 232 wards on offer, Zanu-PF got 226, while in Manicaland Zanu-PF won 197 wards against 62 that went to the MDC-T.
Zanu PF spokesperson Cde Rugare Gumbo said his party was elated by the results which showed that it was focused, principled and goals oriented.
“It is very good for the party, the councillors and Zimbabweans at large. Council votes reflect what has transpired in the main elections. We are not surprised but we are excited.
“The message that Zanu-PF sent was received by the people, they saw it for themselves that Zanu-PF has sound policies,” he said.
He said the results prove Zanu-PF’s ability to communicate with the masses whom he said agreed with the revolutionary party’s plans to build more schools and hospitals and the indigenisation and economic empowerment policies among other things.
The Ncube-led MDC secretary general Ms Priscilla Misihairabwi-Mushonga said, “We have not changed our position over the elections we stand by what our president (Ncube) said.”
Prof Ncube accepted the heavy defeat his party suffered in the harmonised elections and said he was now focusing on trying his luck during the 2018 election. “We accept our situation and embrace it as our rite of passage,” Prof Ncube said in his address to his supporters in Bulawayo recently.
MDC-T spokesperson Mr Douglas Mwonzora said; “The rigging of the elections did not end with the Presidential and Members of Parliament elections. They also included elections for local authorities. We have absolutely no respect for these results,” Mr Mwonzora, who was booted out of Nyanga North by Zanu-PF’s Hubert Nyanhongo said.
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