GOKWE – Zanu PF violently retained the seat in Gokwe-Kabuyuni constituency after its candidate Spencer Tshuma secured 10,727 votes against Costin Muguti of the Citizens Coalition for Change (CCC), who secured 4,800 in the by-election held on Saturday.
Zanu PF won in the wake of violent skirmishes during the week as opposition supporters were either attacked or intimidated in the constituency whose seat fell vacant after the death of Zanu PF lawmaker Leonard Chikomba.
On the day of the by election, there were allegations of rigging as the opposition said more than 1,400 voters were assisted while some poll workers were expelled accused of backing the CCC leader, Nelson Chamisa.
In the buildup to Saturday by-election, Chamisa was blocked from holding a rally in Simchembo 1 in the constituency by the police while journalists were attacked as well as opposition supporters.
One aged man from the constituency had one of legs burnt by Zanu PF thugs for attending the foiled CCC rally.
Zanu PF information director Tafadzwa Mugwadi denied the allegations and said complaints were already expected while CCC spokesperson Fadzayi Mahere dismissed the victory as electoral theft by the regime.