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LEAD confident of winning Lupane East by-election

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.

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Daniel Chigundu

Daniel Chigundu is a male journalist in Zimbabwe and has been practising since September 2009. He used to the editor for The Business Connect (newspaper) in Harare, has his own news website Tourism Focus which is biased towards the tourism sector. Daniel is also working with Magamba Network on their project called Open Parliament where they do live coverage of Parliamentary activities on Twitter and Facebook. He is currently the secretary-general of the Zimbabwe Parliamentary Journalists Forum, is a member of Zimbabwe Small Broadcasters Association and a board member of Digital Communication Network. He holds a Diploma in Communication and Journalism from the Christian College of Southern Africa (CCOSA), a certificate in Youth leadership training from the Friedrich Ebert Stiftung (FES), a certificate in Citizen Journalism from Magamba Network and is currently a first-year student at Zimbabwe Open University studying for a Bachelor of Arts Honours in Ethics and Organisational Leadership.

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