Samanyanga succeeds Jonathan Chawora who was sacked last year following allegations of mismanaged party funds in the United Kingdom. Unconfirmed reports say Samanyanga accidentally defeated rival Emily Madamombe with two votes while Elliot Pfebve and David Kadzutu lost dismally. Ottilia Chiwashira was elected Provincial chairperson for the women’s league.
There are unconfirmed reports that the Madamombe camp is disgruntled and voiced their concern for what for a “deeply flawed” election process.
However, Speaker Moyo insisted that the process was transparents and clean as the counting of votes was done in the presence of contestants.
Soon after being declared winner, Samanyanga said before executing any party activities, his first task would be to unite a deeply divided province.
“My duty now is to unite and heal the province. I want people to unite and face one enemy which is ZANU-PF,” said jubilant Samanyanga.
The election of Samanyanga which came as a shock to many could have been facilitated by divisions within the rebels camp. The rebels unfortunately split up after successfully lobbying for the dissolution of the corrupt previous executive. The divisions meant that rebels’ votes were then divided within, making it impossible for each rebel to gunner enough votes.
The ZimDiaspora exit polls got it wrong prompting us to believe that the online survey voting system was abused by party supporters in the United Kingdom owing to personal grudges that have characterised the province. Hence the abuse of our online poll, did not turn into fruition at the end. – ZimDiaspora.