The National Patriotic Front (NPF) roadshow in Entumbane, Bulawayo was today marred by a low turnout with 35 people attending the event out of the party’s expected 240.
The roadshow was scheduled to start at 10.am but only commenced some two hours later as organisers were waiting for the participants’ numbers to increase.
The presence of the party’s Bulawayo Chairperson, Godfrey Malaba and the former National Assembly member for Nkulumani constituency, Killion Sibanda failed to do the magic for the political outfit.
NPF Bulawayo Provincial Commissar, Andifasi Banda confirmed to the ZBC News that the people who turned up for the march fell short of their target but however said he is happy that his party’s election message has been sent to the electorate.
“I can’t call this march a flop because we eventually made it. Yes we were supposed to start at 10.am but we were waiting for some of our members. The truth is as a commissar, I was expecting 20 people from each constituency which could have given us 240 people but as you can see I am only having these numbers. I however expect the numbers to grow as the day progresses as some of our members are carrying out some door to door campaigns,” he said.
NPF aspiring National Assembly member for Entumbane, Butholezwe Dube said he is happy with the ground work covered so far, while promising the people of Entumbane that their lives will never be the same again once they vote him into power.
“My main focus is on the youths and those unemployed. As a National Assembly member for this area, I will make sure that the youths get employed while pushing for the opening of closed industries so that the unemployed can get to work,” he said.
Confusion is shrouding the leadership of NPF with its founding president, Retired Brigadier General Ambrose Mutinhiri having filed nomination papers to represent the party as its president while some of the party’s top leaders have openly backed the candidature of MDC Alliance President, Nelson Chamisa for the country’s top job on July 30 harmonised elections.