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MDC-T wins Victoria Falls by-election

By Staff Reporter

VICTORIA FALLS – The Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) led by Morgan Tsvangirai received a much needed political lift on Saturday after winning the Victoria Falls council by-election for Ward 9.

MDC-T rally being held at the White City Stadium in Bulawayo today. Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai is on the campaign trail trying to unseat 89 year old President Robert Mugabe who has been in power for 33 uninterrupted years. Full album: https://nehandaradio.com/2013/07/20/live-updates-mdc-t-bulawayo-rally/
MDC-T rally at the White City Stadium in Bulawayo before the elections

Nehanda Radio understands Somveli Dhlamini (MDC-T) won the election with 238 votes beating Sambulo Mpofu (Zanu PF) 207, Atient Ncube (MDC-Ncube) 62 and White Julius Willard Phiri of Zapu who had 5 votes. There was a total of 6 spoilt ballot papers.

The council is under a Zanu PF mayor despite having won only three seats compared to the rival MDC-T seven seats in the July 31 elections. Three MDC-T councillors voted for a Zanu PF councillor in elections for the mayor.

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Sifiso Mpofu of Zanu PF was elected mayor of Victoria Falls after garnering six votes ahead of Marguerite Varley (MDC-T) who had four. The MDC-T has since suspended three councillors it accuses of taking bribes to vote for Mpofu.

Meanwhile we understand the MDC-T will be conducting disciplinary hearings for its rebel councillors on Thursday. The three defied a party caucus directive to vote for an MDC-T candidate to be mayor for the popular tourist destination.