1 August 2018
…Mliswa retains Norton seat
…Mukupe, Gutu salute Biti
…Mahere concedes defeat
…Majome hugs Mamombe
…Mayor thanks Gokwe folks
CANDIDATES yesterday used their Twitter handles to confirm outcomes in their respective House of Assembly constituencies although some had not yet been officially released by the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission at the time of going to print last night.
Outspoken Temba Mliswa (Independent) posted the results from Norton constituency yesterday afternoon, with his figures giving him a huge win over Zanu PF’s Chris Mutsvangwa and MDC-Alliance’s Samuel Mutemere.
The victory gives Mliswa a full term as Norton MP having won the seat in a 2016 by-election after his predecessor, Mutsvangwa had been recalled from parliament by Zanu PF.
Norton was one of 10 House of Assembly seats H-Metro had identified as intriguing going into Monday’s harmonised election.
Below is what Mliswa posted on his twitter handle yesterday to confirm his victory in Norton:
(1) Here are the official results from the Norton Constituency elections. 16 875 votes. Thank you Norton!!
(2) The people of Norton have spoken and I’m indebted to the faith they have in me & I won’t let you down. Thank you Norton! Here are the official Member of Parliament for Norton Constituency Results. This is for you dad, Tata…
(3) When an independent candidate can beat hands down the biggest parties, 16857 (Independent) vs 12 105 (ZANU& MDC Alliance)it shows an electorate well attuned to what they need. Salute Norton.
(4) This win puts paid to rest the flimsy argument that the MDC orchestrated my victory in 2016. Their failure to defeat me, by over a half, is a sign they were just an appendage to a giant.
(5) Tomorrow, Wednesday 1st August 2018 you are all invited to join Team Bhuru & the Yellow Army in a victory parade beginning at Ngoni Shops at 09:00hrs followed by a musical treat with Killer T at Koshen Grounds at 12:00hrs. All are invited and come wearing YELLOW. See you there!
Constitutional lawyer Fadzayi Mahere was the first contestant to declare her candidature for the 2018 elections, going public a year ago that she would stand as an independent in Mt Pleasant constituency and yesterday she publicly conceded defeat early in the morning:
We consistently said that we’d win or we’d learn. We’ve learnt that it’s important to take a stand, to speak up, to participate, to innovate, to challenge, to collaborate, to step outside one’s comfort zone and to be the change. We thank you ALL for your support. #ForeverYellow
Jessie F. Majome
Jessie Majome was seeking a third term as MP for Harare West but she fell out of favour with Nelson Chamisa’s MDC Alliance and replaced by Joanna Mamombe. Majome decided to go it alone and stood as an independent. She found the going tough as people voted for parties and left her a distant third. After finalising counting at the constituency centre, Majome conceded defeat, hugged the winner and announced it on her Twitter account:
Dear Harare Westerners @ZECzim has announced the results & I congratulate Ms. @JoanaMamombe for being elected Harare West MP. I wish her well. Special thanks to those who supported & voted for me. Thank you Harare West for the honour of serving you. It’s been a pleasure!
On the other hand, Mamombe also took to Twitter with a picture of the declared results:
What an emphatic mandate! #HarareWest MDC-Alliance National Assembly Results at 20 045. History has been made in our Constituency, I am forever indebted!
The constituency promised fireworks as then sitting MP, Terrence Mukupe of Zanu-PF battled it out with his predecessor, Tendai Biti and MDC-T vice president, Obert Gutu. However, Biti reclaimed the seat comfortably according to his main rivals who congratulated him on Twitter during the course of yesterday:
Congratulations to Tendai Biti for winning in Harare East.
This is democracy.
I remain a democrat to the bare bones.
Congratulations are in order to Tendai Biti for winning the Harare East Seat. I trust and hope he will continue uplifting the lives of the citizenry in the constituency. I thank those who stood with us during our tenure. God Bless.
In Gokwe-Nembudziya, Mayor Justice Wadyajena took to Twitter to thank his community for an election victory saying there were attempts to sabotage his campaign and victory by ousted or disgruntled party members:
Now that we’ve won, the major focus must be on revival of the economy. This result is proof of what we’ve always known, H.E @edmnangagwa is his own man. Bhora musango was real but failed entirely. As someone on the receiving end of that ploy I am relieved Zimbabweans saw past it.