The ruling ZANU PF party is all smiles in Gwanda as it is set to take back the town’s Mayorship position on a silver platter following squabbles in the opposition MDC.
The party is set to win the tricky poll to be held this Thursday unless the opposition parties quickly find each other within the next twenty four hours.
ZANU PF is facing easy competition from the MDC-T led by Thokozani Khupe and the MDC Alliance led by Nelson Chamisa who have both indicated intentions to field candidates.
From the situation on the ground the MDC Alliance has three councillors in Gwanda after the recall of mayor Jastone Mazhale by Khupe’s MDC-T early this month. Two Councillors have expressed allegiance to MDC-T while Zanu PF has four councillors.
Ntanto Ndlela, the MDC Alliance Matabeleland South provincial spokesperson however expressed confidence that somehow there will be a slip up in the MDC-T faction councillors who will give the Nelson Chamisa victory.
“We have agreed on a candidate as a party that our councillors will vote for, but for strategic reasons, we have decided not to reveal his or her identity until the right time.”
Sources say the party has seconded the only female councillor in the town, Nappy Moyo, as their candidate. MDC-T is most likely to field Ward 5 councillor Gilbert Dube for mayor, keeping Ward 6 councillor Ponalo Maphala as deputy mayor while ZANU PF seeks to put back former mayor Knowledge Ndlovu.
MDC Alliance had six councillors in the Matabeleland South provincial capital prior to the recall of Jaston Mazhale as mayor.