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NCA LEADER Lovemore Madhuku has played down his party’s dismal performance in Friday’s by-elections saying he was still pleased with the outcomes.

In Mount Darwin West candidate Reuben Matigu was a distant third after polling 216 votes against Zanu PF’s Barnwell Seremwe who claimed 18 315 votes to win the constituency.

The NCA did not fare any better in Chirumhanzu-Zibagwe where the party’s candidate Munashe Mutodza was fifth and last with a paltry 79 votes against 16 092 for Zanu PF’s Auxilia Mnangagwa.

“We are happy about the results,” said Madhuku in an interview with Newzimbabwe.com on Saturday.

“Our purpose of entering into these elections was not actually to win them we are building a party so we are using these by elections to enter into these territories and recruit members.

“All we need is to get substantial presence of activists who we will build the party in those areas.”

Madhuku added: “These by elections by the way change nothing it was also clear that these are Zanu PF areas from the way things have been happening in the country.”

The University of Zimbabwe law professor also refused to be drawn into focussing on the margins his party lost with saying his party had accomplished its primary mission.

“It’s not about the margins it’s about our reasons to enter into those by elections.

“We are building a party for 2018 and thereafter. So we are very happy about that even if we got a 10th of what we got, we would still be happy.

Madhuku admitted his fledgling party has no capacity to field candidates in the June by-elections called to fill up seats left vacant through the expulsion of sitting MPs from Zanu PF and the MDC Renewal Team.

Despite the losses, he was adamant the NCA will not be persuaded into boycotting elections.

Source : New Zimbabwe