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MDC-T: Zanu-PF Scared of Bikita West By-election

Supporters of Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe cheering him recently outside parliament.
The Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) formation of former Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai has accused Zanu-PF of developing cold feet over the holding of a by-election in Bikita West, Masvingo Province, that was declared vacant after the expulsion of Munyaradzi Hereke.

The state-controlled Herald newspaper reports that lawyers representing Kereke and Zanu-PF have reached an out of court settlement in which Kereke remains the elected member of the House of Assembly.

Zanu-PF spokesman, Rugare Gumbo, told Studio 7 that the matter was still being discussed and he therefore could not comment.

Kereke challenged his expulsion from the House of Assembly on the basis that he had ceased to be a Zanu-PF member when he went to the polls.

The MDC-T says the weekend council by election in Victoria Falls has awakened Zanu-PF to the reality of a possible loss in Bikita West hence the party is now reneging on its previous promise of a by-election. An MDC-T candidate beat others drawn from Welshman Ncube’s MDC, and Zapu.

Newly-launched National Constitutional Assembly party spokesman Blessing Vava said latest developments have blown away his party’s chances of taking part in their first elections.