CCC Concedes Defeat To ZANU PF In Gokwe-Kabuyuni
The opposition Citizens’ Coalition for Change (CCC) has expressed gratitude to thousands of people of Gokwe-Kabuyuni who voted for its candidate in the 27 August 2022 by-election, Costin Muguti (52).
Reports suggest that ZANU PF candidate Spencer Tshuma (42) defeated Muguti by a wide margin to retain the seat for the ruling party which was left vacant following the death of local businessman Leonard Chikomba (ZANU PF) who was killed in a car accident on 28 May 2022 near Chitekete Business Centre.
Violence reportedly rocked Gokwe-Kabuyuni last week after CCC leader Nelson Chamisa attempted to hold a rally, with ZANU PF activists and senior officials setting up illegal roadblocks in the area.
In a statement posted on Twitter, CCC saluted the people of Kabuyuni for their “courage” saying it is an inspiration “to all citizens, everywhere.” Reads the statement:
The @CCCZimbabwe family is humbled & inspired by the brave show of support for our candidate, Mr Costin Muguti, in the recently held by-elections for the Gokwe-Kabuyuni constituency. Your courage is inspiring to all citizens, everywhere.
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We are grateful to the 4 915 people of GOKWE KABUYUNI who, against all odds, voted for our candidate, representing over 44% of the electorate.
It is encouraging as a movement, we are growing we are closing the gap from 2018 when the opposition garnered 29%.
Together, we fought a good fight & showed that the new yellow baby has a strong stamp in rural communities.
It is clear as we approach the watershed 2023 election that CCC is gaining rural ground against the odds. No amount of violence or intimidation can stop us!
You confirmed that CCC is the real alternative & no amount of electoral chicanery will dampen the mood of change sweeping across the nation.
We obtained 4 915 votes amidst fear, violence, thousands of “assisted voters” & abuse of traditional leaders by the regime.
According to HStv News, ZANU PF’s Spencer Tshuma polled 10 880 votes against Muguti’s 4 915.