Esau Mupfumi is a Zimbabwean businessman and politician who is a member of Zanu-PF. He is the current member of parliament for Dangamvura/Chikanga Constituency.
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Withdrawing from Zanu-PF primaries
In 2013 he withdrew from the primary elections to represent Zanu-PF as a candidate for Mutare North in protest of what he claimed was inapt behaviour by his rivals.
On the eve of the polls, Mupfumi, who was to face eight other candidates, wrote a letter to the provincial chairman John Bvundura, withdrawing his candidature, citing unruly behaviour by his opponents and their supporters. He accused them of destroying his campaign posters.
I have realised that our constituency, Mutare North, has become highly fragmented due to the fact that so many cadres have chosen to participate in the primary elections. My moving in as a candidate after the announcement of the date for the primaries elections appears to have caused panic to the other contestants, leading to a lot of unbecoming behaviour taking place. As central committee member and a father figure in the District of Mutare, it is my responsibility to unite the party, hence I have seen it fit to withdraw from the primary elections…and allow the other candidates to participate, lest the name of the party is put into disrepute.
Eventually, Batsirayi Pemhenayi pulled through to win the primaries, whose turnout was huge.
- He is a former policeman.
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- Brian Mangwende,‘Mupfumi betrayed our constituency’, Standard, published: Jne 30, 2013, retrieved: August 17, 2017