ZANU-PF has retained the Shurugwi ward six council seat following a by-election that was held on Saturday in Chachacha.
The ruling party’s candidate Addmore Chitera is the new councillor for Shurugwi ward six after beating his rival Marry Choga of the MDC-Alliance by 396 votes to 16 in the council by-elections.
Councillor Chitera garnered 260 votes at Zvamatenga primary school and 136 votes at China Gansu tent to claim victory in the by-elections with a total of 396 votes, while the MDC’s candidate managed only 16 votes.
Shurugwi district elections officer Mr. Rocky Silenje declared Councillor Chitera the winner at the close of the counting process Saturday evening.
“Mr Addmore Chitera of ZANU PF garnered 136 votes at China Gansu tent and 260 votes at Zvamatenga primary school while Mrs Mary Choga of MDC-alliance garnered 10 votes at China Gnsu tent and six votes at Zamatenga Primary school. I, therefore, declare Mr. Chitera of ZANU PF the winner of this council by-elections,” said Silenje.
Councillor Chitera who could not hide his joy, pledged to work with the community for the development of the area.
“This is a victory for the people of ward six. I want to extend my gratitude to the people of this wonderful area who have shown trust in me. I will not let them down as I get down to business and ensure that their well being is taken care of……,” he said.
The ward six council seat fell vacant following the death of councillor Edmond Chitera (Zanu PF) who died in October this year.