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At least 11 candidates have declared their interest to represent Zanu-PF in Marondera Central constituency after they submitted their curriculum vitae to contest the seat left vacant following the recent expulsion of Mr Ray Kaukonde by the party’s Politburo.

Messrs Kaukonde, David Butau (Mbire) and Kudakwashe Bhasikiti (Mwenezi East) lost their parliamentary seats after they were fired from Zanu-PF for their alleged link to former Vice President Mujuru’s cabal.

Former VP Mujuru and her cabal were fired from Government and Zanu-PF after they were implicated in a plot to assassinate President Mugabe.

The Zanu-PF Mashonaland East provincial election directorate is expected to meet today to decide a date for primary elections in the constituency.

Mashonaland East provincial chairperson, Cde Aeneas Chigwedere confirmed that 11 candidates had shown interest in the constituency but could not divulge their names.

“The names are on my desk right now. We gave them yesterday as the deadline. We will be meeting tomorrow as the election directorate. That is when we will tell you their names,” said Cde Chigwedere.

Sources said the candidates include Cdes Jerry Gotora, apostolic leader Madzibaba Lawrence Katsiru, educationist Mr Cleopas Kundiona, former Marondera mayor Cde Ralph Chimanikire, Harold Gamu, Douglas Chitekuteku and David Taruvinga.

Others in the line up are Tamuka Magwenzi, Elson Watyoka, Lucas Chimuka and Michael Matenga.

Cde Chigwedere said primary elections could be held next week.

“We shall be liaising with the national election directorate for guidance but we think next week could be appropriate to hold primary elections. We will come up with a provisional day when we meet as the provincial election directorate tomorrow (today),” said Cde Chigwedere.

In Mashonaland Central, Zanu-PF provincial chairperson Cde Dickson Mafios said they would be meeting next weekend to discuss the Mbire constituency that fell vacant following the expulsion of Mr David Butau from the revolutionary party.

“We are meeting on Saturday as a province to discuss that. We will also be getting guidance from the national election directorate,” said Cde Mafios.

Zanu-PF Masvingo provincial chairperson Cde Paradzai Chakona yesterday said they had started receiving CVs from interested candidates to replace Mr Bhasikiti in Mwenezi East.

“The deadline for submission of CVs is today. From tomorrow we will be going through the names,” said Cde Chakona.

The trio joined VP Mujuru, Dydmus Mutasa, Rugare Gumbo and Jabulani Sibanda among senior members fired from Zanu-PF over the plot to assassinate President Mugabe.

Source : The Herald