Some ZANU PF bigwigs including former Health minister David Parirenyatwa, politburo member Tendai Chirau and ex-wife of ruling party deputy president Kembo Mohadi, Tambudzani lost in Central Committee elections that were held across the country on Saturday, 08 October 2022.
Allegations of vote buying during the polls were raised after ICT minister Jenfan Muswere arrived at a polling station in Manicaland with a truck full of bicycles.
Parirenyatwa and Lillian Zemura were defeated by David Mugomeza in Murewa district.
Although returning officer ZANU PF provincial member Ntombiyakhe Ndlovu did not disclose official results in Beitbridge, Mohadi and Ambassador Aaron Maboyi lost, according to party insiders.
In Wedza district, former Transport Deputy minister Michael Madanha and his Foreign Affairs ministry counterpart David Musabayana lost.
Madanha lost to Esther Gwatidzo while Musabayana lost to Bertha Choto.
Madanha is a former Wedza South MP and former Zimbabwe National Road Authority (ZINARA) board chairperson while Musabayana is the current Wedza North MP.
Chirau, a politburo member, also lost in Harare to Mavis Gumbo.
Meanwhile, close allies of the late former president Robert Mugabe such as Sydney Sekeramayi and Webster Shamu won in Marondera and Chegutu West respectively.
Sekeramayi was uncontested, and so was deputy information minister Kindness Paradza in Makonde.
The Central Committee is ZANU PF’s supreme decision-making body in-between congresses. | The Standard