ZANU PF national chairperson and cabinet minister Oppah Muchinguri led the top casualties in a day of massive bloodletting as the ruling party’s primary elections drew to a close Tuesday.
Also losing was Minister in charge of Public Service in the President’s Office Simbarashe Mumbengegwi, former police spokesperson Oliver Mandipaka, scholarships minister Christopher Mushowe and Matabeleland South provincial affairs minister Abednico Ncube.
In Mhangura, former lands Minister Douglas Mombeshora lost to little known Precious Chinhamo Masango while in Chivhu’s Chikomba West constituency, Dr Mike Bimha lost to also little known Dr John Mangwiro. Minister of Indigenisation and Empowerment, Munyaradzi Paul Mangwana also lost to yet another little known Ephraim Gwanongodza by 2,000 votes, just like Mike Bimha who also lost by 2,000 votes.
President Emmerson Mnangagwa’s top advisor Christopher Mutsvangwa was humbled in Norton by Langton Mutendreya according to unconfirmed results.
Muchinguri lost to little known Joyce Bukuta in her bid to represent Nyanga in the Zanu PF women’s quota.
From the Midlands province, Mumbengegwi a high flier in former President Robert Mugabe when he served as Foreign Affairs minister lost heavily to businessman Larry Mavhima while Ncube lost his seat to journalist Omphile Marupi in Gwanda South.
Elsewhere scholarships minister Mushowe lost in Mutare West to little known Teedzayi Muchimwe while former ZRP spokesman Mandipaka who was reportedly briefly detained after being found with a bunch of ballots marked in his favour lost to another upstart Soul Nzuma in Buhera West.
Still in Manicaland province, finance Patrick Chinamasa was retained in Makoni Central constituency while in the Midalands, transport minister did Jorum Gumbo prevailed in Mberengwa West.
In Masvingo, former Information minister Paul Mangwana lost his bid to represent Zanu PF in Chivi North to while Cross Border Association leader, Killer Zivhu, could be heading to the national assembly after snatching Chivi South.
Acting Information minister Simon Khaya Moyo won in Matabeleland South as a prospective Senator but Irene Zindi lost in Makoni South to Misheck Mugadza along with women’s affairs minister Nyasha Chikwinya who lost to Jeffrey Ngome in Mutare South.
The results were however, yet to be officially announced by the ruling party with national commissar Englebert Rugeje having indicated Monday that they would have to be endorsed by the “party leadership before they are made public.”
Reports also said former lands minister Douglas Mombeshora was claiming victory by “a few votes” in Mhangura while Ziyambi Ziyambi retained his seat in Zvimba West.