MASVINGO – The race to replace MDC-T Masvingo urban candidate Takanayi Mureyi, who announced his withdrawal saying he has been reassigned, has just got tighter with new names being thrown into the ring among them chattered accountant Jacob Nyokanhete.
Nyokanhete declared his interests to fill the shoes left by Mureyi in the last minute throwing into the wind the chances of any favourites.
The primaries which are going to be held this Sunday will see five candidates battling it out for the honours.
Some of the notable candidates include lawyer Dereck Charamba, Masvingo mayor Hubert Fidze, MDC-T Masvingo district chairperson Murangamwa Chanyau and former councillor Solder Chimombe
Nyokanhete's campaigning manager Hebert Chikosi said Nyokanhete was the perfect candidate to succeed Mureyi saying he has been in the development field for more than a decade and is well versed with the people's needs.
"Nyokanhete started with the party since its formation, he has been in development field so he knows what people needs so I think he is the perfect candidate.
Ckikosi also said Nyokanhete enjoys a considerable support from the party wings as he has no track record of factional politics in the party.
"Nyokanhete has no factional enemies as he had not been aligned to any faction hence he has support from many wings of the party. He has no scandals to talk of and is a cabinet material because of his qualifications," said Chikosi
Insiders said Nyokanhete is a loyal cadere and has been funding party activities and has been working behind the scenes as an administrator and a strategist.
He started as a student activist and over the years has established himself as a centre leftist. He started activism at Marondera nad then at Masvingo polytechnic as he was involved in student activism.
He is currently a provincial member for Masvingo provice. He is a holder of a full CIS and currently commenced his studies for a masters in forensic accounting.politics