ZAKA - Two village heads in Zaka West wards 27 and 28 are said to be contesting to be councillors, a development that has been criticised by opposition candidates who say traditional leaders must not dabble in politics.
Speaking to TellZim News soon after casting his vote at Rudhanda High School, MDC Alliance Zaka West parliamentary candidate, Festus Dumbu expressed his disappointment at Zec's failure to disqualify two Zanu PF aspiring councillors, Ernest Mandava (Ward 27) and Benjamin Chikuni.
"Traditional leaders should be apolitical. We have two village heads, Ernest Mandava and Benjamin Chikuni contesting to be concillors on Zanu PF tickets in Ward 27 and 28. Kefas Magadzire, the village head of Nedowa is also a polling agent.
"We have raised the issue with Zec but they kept on dragging their feet. This has compromised the credibility of this election because the electorate is being intimidated to vote for these village heads and their party," said Dumbu.
Efforts to get comment from Zec district elections officer were fruitless by the time of publishing.politics