MDC-T’s Simbarashe Nyahuye emerged the winner on Tuesday during a tight contest for the post of Marondera Mayor left vacant following the recent expulsion of five councillors.
Nyahuye garnered four votes while MDC-Alliance preferred candidate Bornface Tagwireyi polled three.
MDC Alliance Shocked
Nyahuye’s victory came as a shock to many MDC-Alliance party members who thronged the council chambers to witness the elections.
A total of seven councillors including one from Zanu PF party participated in the polls that gave the Thokozani Khupe led opposition party an edge over other parties.
MDC-T provincial chairperson Piniel Denga said they prepared well ahead of the elections and that they deserved victory.
“We are happy that one of us has landed that influential post.
“It was a tough battle but due to hardworking during the campaigns we emerged the winners.
“Today’s victory is a sign of many to come across the country, we are not push overs. We deserved the victory,” said Denga.
The election victory came as a reprieve to the Khupe faction after they lost the same battle in Harare after MDC-Alliance Nelson Chamisa’s ally Jacob Mafume won ahead of Khupe’s candidate.
A number of top MDC-T officials including Secretary General Douglas Mwonzora were in Marondera in support of Nyahuye.
Former Marondera Mayor Murowa was fired together with five other councillors for aligning with Chamisa’s Alliance.