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    Violence rocks Masvingo Chiefs Council elections




    • Charumbira, Nhema elected as senators

    SHANNISE DZOBO

    MASVINGO - Chief Murinye and Chief Nhema pushed and shoved and came close to exchanging blows during elections to choose executive members of the Chief's Council for Masvingo Province.
    The incident happened at the Chief's Hall in Masvingo yesterday (Wednesday) where two senators were also elected from the chiefs.
    Murinye who contested for the position of Senator accused Chief Fortune Charumbira who is the outgoing President of the Chiefs Council of rigging the elections with the help of Davis Marapira who is the Deputy Minister of Lands, Agriculture and Rural Resettlement.
    He accused Charumbira of buying members of the Electoral College using agricultural input supplied by Marapira.
    There were 27 chiefs from throughout Masvingo who voted.
    Charumbira said everyone had a chance to campaign and accused Murinye of also having bought chiefs using groceries. Murinye said he was the most educated among the chiefs present and the only lawyer. Charumbira responded and said he had several masters' degrees although they were not about law.
    Murinye got 6 votes in his bid to become a Senator while Nhema got 21. Charumbira got 22 votes against Chief Serima's 5.
    Five chiefs elected into the provincial executive yesterday are Chief Charumbira, Chief Chitanga, Chief Nhema, Chief Chiwara and Chief Mazungunye.
    Elections to choose the president of the Chiefs Council will be held at a later date.

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