By Tafadzwa Muranganwa
The newly formed Labour, Economists and African Democrats (LEAD) party say it will be fielding candidates in the impending Lupane East by-elections and are also confident of victory.
The Lupane East seat fell vacant following the death of Zanu-PF legislator Sithembiso Gumbo in April and the by-election has been set for August.
LEAD which is led by Linda Masarira said the Lupane East by-election presents it with an opportunity to show the nation that it is not a fly-by-night party.
“We have decided to come up with a definitive way of putting our message and political intentions across and taking part in the political campaign and contesting elections is the best way to convince the electorate of the intentions of any political ensemble.
“So we have selected our vice chairman Morgan Ndlovu to contest the Lupane East by-election,” said the party’s secretary general Sydney Muyambi.
To win the seat, Ndlovu (LEAD) will be battling it out with Given Ncube (MDC-T), Dalumuzi Khumalo (MDC Alliance), Mbengeni Ncube (Zanu PF) and Alice Sibanda (NCA).
The Linda Masarira party revealed that it will also contest the Bubi Ward 22 by-election and Silvester Zondiwa will be its candidate.
According to LEAD, party president Linda Masarira will be leading the campaigns and will relocate to Matabeleland North for the election period.
Masarira formed LEAD after being ousted from the Thokozani Khupe led MDC-T for wearing Zanu PF regalia.