Insiders claimed the politburo – the Zanu (PF) supreme decision-making body-met to deliberate on the defeat with a possibility to launch a witch hunt on members of parliament that voted for a rival candidate.
There were 203 MPs eligible to vote but 199 turned up for poll. Of these, 96 each belonged to Zanu (PF) and MDC-T and seven to Welshman Ncube MDC. Four MPs – two each from Zanu (PF) and MDC-T – were absent for various reasons.
With 96 MDT legislators in parliament, Lovemore gained eleven votes, raising strong suspicions that at least two Zanu (PF) MPs voted for a rival candidate.
“We are meeting this morning as the politburo, the issue might be raised,” said Zanu (PF) spokesman Rugare Gumbo.
The voting pattern in Tuesday night’s election is said to have devastated Zanu (PF) which desperately wants to re-gain its lost glory against Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai and his MDC T.
The MDC-T candidate, Lovemore Moyo won 105 votes against 94 for Zanu (PF’s) representative who is the current party’s chair, Simon Khaya Moyo.
Stung by the defeat, Zanu-PF Tsholotsho North MP Professor Jonathan Moyo afterwards said: “They showed that they were immature and it was typical of their childish approach to very serious things.
Moyo was visibly angry especially taking into account his own party members seem to have voted for the opposition in securing the victory.“
What they did today shows that they did not learn from their mischievous behaviour they exhibited in 2008.”
Prof Moyo said he would take legal action over MDC-T claims that he had tried to bribe their MPS by offering them US$5 000 each.“I am going to sue them for those statements, they should learn to behave properly in and outside Parliament.”