Zanu-PF registered a colossal victory in the Guruve South parliamentary by-election on Saturday after its candidate Cde Patrick Dutiro swooped 19 153 votes against National Constitutional Assembly candidate, Mr Simbarashe Mutsvene, who got 818 votes.
The seat fell vacant following the expulsion of Mr Criswell Mutematsaka from Zanu-PF for his links with sacked former Vice President Joice who wanted to unseat President Mugabe unconstitutionally.
Speaking to The Herald after the announcement of results on Saturday night, Cde Dutiro thanked the people of Guruve and laid out his vision for the constituency.
Said Cde Dutiro: “I am happy with the confidence that the people of Guruve has expressed in me.
“There are a lot developmental projects that need to be implemented in this area.
“On top of my priority, as you know this is a farming area, and I want people to be trained on how to cure tobacco. Farmers are losing a lot of money because they are failing to cure their tobacco.
“Another issue is that of mobile phone network where in most places you cannot access it. I want to ensure that people have access to internet in this digital era.”
Cde Dutiro said there were few early childhood development schools in Guruve and he would ensure the numbers increased.
“I want to do the best for the people not by way of promising them money but by facilitating programmes that they can transform to get financial benefits,” he said.
“I do not want to promise people that I will give them money because there is no way you can give 20 000 people money.
“What is important is to facilitate a platform which they (people) can use to make money.”
Zanu-PF Mashonaland Central provincial chairman Cde Dickson Mafios said the resounding victory was a clear testimony that the ruling party was intact in the province.
“This shows that Zanu-PF is unconquerable in Mashonaland Central,” he said.
“We may have squabbles, but this victory shows that the party has remained strong and intact.
“Mashonaland Central is a different province. We have crushed MDC in all its various guises and we are now geared for 2018.”
Cde Mafios thanked all structures of the party for working together and delivering a convincing victory. He said the polling station-based voters’ roll introduced by the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission also saved time and helped people to go to the correct polling stations.
Cde Mafios said they also used the same system as a party to gauge voting patterns of their supporters in the constituency.