Insiza Rural District Council (RDC) Ward 4 by-election candidates have intensified their campaigns for the vacant seat ahead of the 22 October by-election pitting the ruling ZANU-PF party and opposition Citizens Coalition for Change (CCC).
ZANU-PF will be represented by Daniel Dube while Augustine Gumede will contest under a CCC ticket.
The Ward 4 seat fell vacant following the passing of Councillor Lawrence Maphosa who belonged to ZANU-PF.
Speaking to CITE over the phone from Insiza Tuesday both Dube and Gumede said they had moved a gear up in their campaigns adding they were leaving no stone unturned with a view to winning the by-election.
“Campaigns are going forward, so far so good,” Dube told CITE.
“We formed campaign teams which move within villages campaigning. Once done with villages we will then do door-to-door campaigns.”
He further explained: “Our focus is mainly on villages. That’s where we request people to gather as we address them in their locality. I am not always where campaign teams are but work is done because the teams have many people.”
Dube said the response from the electorate was encouraging.
“The people of Godlwayo are responding very well to our campaigns,” he said.
“There are no serious challenges that I have encountered so far. We have not planned for a rally so far. If we are to have a rally it means we will have to sit down and plan for it. According to our programme our campaigns end on the 19th”.
He added: “Come October 22, I will be getting into Council.”
Gumede on the other hand also said it was all systems go with campaigns.
“Campaigns are progressing very well and we are doing door-to-door campaigns as we speak right now,” he said.
“People are receiving us very well and hopes are high that we will romp to victory. I have not come across any challenges in my campaigns. We are supposed to have a rally on the 14th and 19th – those are the dates which we booked.”
Ward 4, Insiza South, has over 1,500 registered voters according to 2018 Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (ZEC) statistics.
Voters will cast their votes at four polling stations namely: Mleja Primary School,
Edwaleni Tent, Lubuze Secondary School and Vumangwe Primary School.