Beauty Chabaya (centre) with Emmerson Mnangagwa and Shuvai Mahofa
BIKITA – As the Bikita West by election draws closer, a desperate Zanu-PF candidate Beauty Chabaya has turned to vote buying, TellZim News is informed.
Independent candidate, Heya Shoko said he was shocked to see Chabaya switching to vote-buying which she knows is against electoral rules.
"Vote-buying is illegal and we signed against that after nomination. Yesterday people were drawn out of their homes to be given handfuls of sorghum after being kept waiting for the whole day. I am worried as an independent candidate because Zanu PF has already started defying electoral rules," said Shoko.
Zimbabwe People First (ZimPF) candidate; Kudakwashe Gopo said the ruling party had fully adopted vote-buying as an electoral tool.
"Things are not well here my brother. Vote-buying has become the order of the day; Zanu PF is forcing people out of their homes to give them donations against their will.
Gopo also highlighted that Zanu PF has gone further to bus voters from Bikita South.
"They are desperate to the extent of giving villagers handfuls of sorghum. We even wonder how they want villagers to use that as people can neither feed on a handful of sorghum nor plant it.
"Zanu PF has also gone a step further to win the election at all costs by bussing voters from Bikita South but we will fight to the end," he added.
The election will be held on January 21, 2016 with a total of six candidates campaigning for the seat.news