Innocent Gonese

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Innocent Gonese
Known forBeing a Member of Palriament
Political partyMDC Alliance

Innocent Gonese is a Zimbabwean politician who is part of the MDC-Alliance party. He was elected to parliament in July 2013 to represent Mutare Central. He was reelected in the 2018 elections.


Born: 30 June 1962.

School / Education

No information was found on his Junior or High School, or any tertiary education.


In the 2013 Elections, (see A History of Zimbabwean Elections) Mutare Central returned to Parliament:

  • Innocent Gonese of MDC–T with 9 085 votes or 63.61 percent,
  • Trinity Munowenyu of Zanu PF with 4 732 votes or 33.13 percent,
  • Sondon Mugaradziko of MDC–N with 466 votes or 3.26 percent,

Total 14 283 votes

Gonese retained his seat in 2018 when he contested on an MDC Alliance ticket. Below are the results as announced by the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (ZEC):

  • Innocent Tinashe Gonese - MDC Alliance (11 950)
  • Nancy Saungweme - ZANU PF (5 684)
  • Chitaka Patrick - Independent (192)
  • Gonese Innocent Tinashe - MDC Alliance (11950)
  • Mauya Emmanuel - NCA (106)
  • Mundembe George - Independent (251)
  • Mushunje Appross - ZIPP (62)
  • Mutasa Musiyiwa - ZDU (20)
  • Porunobva Vengai Allan - Coalition of Demo (11)
  • Rumhungwe Marvin - MDC T (210)
  • Simpindi Brian Tendai PRC (50)
  • Saungweme Nancy - ZANU PF (5684)
  • Zimbudzi Nathan - Free Zim Congress (33)

CCC Nomination

In April 2023, Gonese and Mutasa Central MP Trevor Saruwaka stepped down from contesting in the general elections despite being nominated.[1]

The Citizens' Coalition for Change (CCC) opted for a citizens-centric process to produce the party’s candidates as opposed to the traditional model of primary elections.

The nomination stage was the first of the four stages in the party's candidate selection process.

Gonese said he decided to decline the nomination and chose to back another nomination candidate Brian James to contest for the seat.


  1. Priveledge Gumbodete , 2 CCC veteran MPs step down from race, NewsDay, Published: 17 April 2023, Retrieved: 26 April 2023


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