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    Bombshell as Mvuma businessman stands as an independent


    MVUMA – Mvuma businessman Cripsen Thomu widely believed to have won the Zanu PF primary elections but torpedoed out of the race because seniors preferred another candidate has declared that he would stand as an independent if the party does not honour his victory.
    Thomu, a popular businessman cum politician announced his intention through his spokesperson Paulos Banda.
    He however, said that he will still rally behind party president Emmerson Mnangagwa. He said he decided to stand as an independent because he wanted to fulfil the promises that he made to the people of the constituency during primary elections.
    The Mirror has realised from several Zanu PF Whatsaap groups for Mvuma that there is overwhelming support for Thomu and party supporters have vowed not to vote for Prosper  Machando who was declared the winner of the primary elections.
    The supporters declared that they are going to vote for Thomu if he stands as an independent and quoting Mnangagwa, they said the voice of the people is the voice of God.
    Machando declared during the run up to the primary elections that he was First Lady Auxilia Mnangagwa's preferred Zanu PF candidate. Sources told The Mirror that Machando used Mnangagwa's vehicle during the campaign period.
    Efforts to get a comment from the First Lady were fruitless.
    "When he was campaigning during the primary elections, Thomu pledged to improve infrastructure and the general welfare of the people in the Chirumanzi-Zibagwe constituency. He however feels that the electorate in the constituency still needs him to fulfil his promises hence his resolution to stand as an independent candidate if the party refuses to rescind its decision to manipulate the results in favour of Machando," said Banda.
    Machando could not be reached for comment as his mobile phone went unanswered.
    Zanu Pf Midlands provincial spokesperson Cornelius Mupereri said the party still recognises Machando as its representative for the Chirumanzi -Zibabgwe constituency.
    "Thomu has not officially announced that he would contest independently but if he does so, then that's his automatic expulsion from Zanu PF. Machando won fairly and the party  therefore has no obligation to resolve any differences Thomu  might have with him," said Mupererei.
    On Saturday last week, Machando summoned more than two hundred traditional leaders in Chirumanzu and addressed them at Chief Chirumanzu's homestead, a move which, according to other party supporters, was done to seek their support.
    "Machando is now in a desperate political mode, to the extent that he is seeking support from traditional leaders who are not permitted by the constitution to participate in politics," said a senior Zanu PF member in Chirumanzu who declined to be named.

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