MDC-T Masvingo -urban candidate for the national assembly, Takanayi Mureyi has chickened out from contesting as national assembly member candidate in the forthcoming harmonised elections scheduled for July 30.
Mureyi whose candidature was hotly disputed by supported former MP, Tongai Matutu and Benjamin Mazarire over allegation of being imposed while the other two had been disqualified over unclear circumstances.
Mureyi, a businessman of note, has however, offered to support the new candidate set to be elected this coming Sunday at the party ‘s Rhodene offices. He said he would unleash five new vehicles that would help in the canvassing for support against Zanu Pf candidate, Taguma Mazarire.
Mazarire who is tipped to retain the seat , is also a businessman and politician, a former army officer and educationist .
Mazarire also appeals to both Zanu Pf and MDC-T youths that it remains to be seen how he would fair, against a “weaker candidate” as all names that have been cast around , may not stand the heat.
“I have decided to withdraw my candidature for the national assembly seat in Masvingo urban. This is because of a pressing position that the party has given me, at the national level. The nation , will however, know what I will be doing, in due course at the convenient time,” said Mureri while speaking to journalists during a presser at the party offices ,on Wednesday .
“I will however, bankroll our candidate’s campaigning . I do not fear Mazarire when it comes to money because I have more money than him. Besides , in urban areas there is no need to flash money although I am going to oil the machinery so that we wrestle this seat back to us,” he said.
The primary elections held last week were marred by violence which saw election director, Farai Chinobva ,taking to his heels , for dear life , as disgruntled supporters were baying for his blood over allegations of rigging.
Inside sources said Mr Mureyi had been imposed by the national executive because he is a national member after Matter and Benjamin Mazarire were disqualified.
Disgruntled aspiring candidates reportedly raised the issue with the national executive which ordered Masvingo District to conduct re-runs that however, did not include national assembly.
The primary elections for councilors also brewed a shocker as they saw sitting Mayor Clr Hubert Fidze being beaten by former councilor David Chimombe. Fidze’s deputy, James Chiwara also developed cold feet during a re-run when he pulled out, just before the start of elections.