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Transform Zimbabwe to Field Candidates in 3 Parly By-Elections Boycotted By MDC

file: A Zimbabwean opposition party Movement For Democratic Change (MDC) supporter holds a party newsletter at an election rally, about 90 km (56 miles) east of the capital Harare, July 23, 2013.

A candidate for the Mbire parliamentary by-election, Kudzanai Gondo, says he hopes to win the local poll Saturday at a time when critics say opposition parties in Zimbabwe are too fragmented to win any election.

Gondo, whose party is struggling to fund his election campaign, is among two other Transform Zimbabwe candidates, Solomon Makaza and Tsikirai Muchena, who will be vying for the Marondera and Epworth parliamentary seats.

They face a strong challenge from President Robert Mugabe’s Zanu PF party. Studio 7’s Gibbs Dube speaks with Gondo, who says the electoral field remains uneven in the country.

The Epworth seat fell vacant following the death of Amos Midzi and the two other seats were left vacant when Zanu PF recalled Ray Kaukonde and David Batatu from parliament.

Meanwhile, Former Zanu PF member and expelled Hurungwe West lawmaker, Themba Mliswa, has slammed a proposed coalition between the Tsvangirai MDC and former Vice President Joice Mujuru, saying if it comes to fruition, the founding MDC president should be the leader not Mrs. Mujuru.

For perspective, Studio 7 reached political analyst Professor Shadrack Gutto of the University of South Africa. First, who said there is need to opposition parties to work together in order to dislodge Zanu PF.