Avhunga Secondary School head Master Makope, who beat 13 competitors after garnering 2 576 votes to win the Zanu PF Mwenezi East parliamentary by-election on May 08, has promised to represent the constituency to the best of his capability if elected to parliament.
The former Ward 5 councillor thanked supporters and his party for bestowing him with the right to represent them in the Mwenezi East parliamentary by-election whose date has not yet been announced.
Makope told TellZim News that his immediate plan was to consult all stakeholders so as to come up with an ‘inclusive’ development plan for the district.
“The major role of legislators is to make laws but under my leadership, we will definitely take it a bit further by driving tangible development. Having worked as a councillor for many years, I am going to engage and come up with a development plan for the district. Everyone and every stakeholder will be involved in this developmental plan,” said Makope.
Makope’s toughest competitor was Beitbridge-based lawyer Jabulani Mberesi who got 1108 votes, followed by Mike Mudyanembwa who garnered 859 votes.
On fourth position was Tinashe Nyoni who acquired 459 votes trailed by Marvelous Chifumuro who reaped 377 votes.
On the 6th position was the late MP Joosbi Omar’s younger brother Yunis Omar who obtained 377 votes, followed by Simbarashe Mabhena who got 279 votes.
Other contestants were Hassim Hoosen 165, Maringire Maringire 162, John Muzamani 162, Takura Mudavose 157, Moses Muhehi 28 and Sifana Ngavaite with 27 votes.
Makope is expected to square off with candidates from the MDC-T and MDC Alliance which are yet to announce their candidates for the Mwenezi East by-election.