By Costa Nkomo| Nust- ZW
ZIMBABWE Congress of Students Union (Zicosu) lost National University of Science and Technology (NUST) student union elections yesterday to National Students Council (NSC).
Pablo Tinashe Chimusoro, the NSC representative, together with five Councillors from his camp, romped to victory after he garnered 1227 votes (47%) followed by a ZICOSU representative Natasha Aliki who got 757 votes (29%), while ZINASU represented by Pashor Sibanda came third with 643 votes (24%)
For the first time in four years, 2627 students participated in an election. This is also the first time in the history of Nust SRC elections that either Zinasu or Zicosu have failed to secure the top student leadership post.
It has been alleged that Zicosu embarked on a vote buying drive in a bid to secure the top post for Aliki. Former student president, Shadowlite Ndou, was also present to drum up support for Aliki.
Zicosu is alleged to have distributed about $500 plates of sadza, alcohol worth about $800 and $600 worth of airtime among other goodies.
When contacted for a comment Zicosu campaign manager, Blessing Zhou did not deny Zicosu’s attempt to buy student votes. However, Zhou could not be drawn to disclose the exact amount of money that his party spent.
“It was a tough race, anyone could do anything to make it,” said Zhou.
“Without vote buying, Pashor should have been the Vice President, so vote buying counted ” added Zhou.
Zicosu had lured ZBC news presenter, Rumbidzai Takawira, to campaign for them in a video clip that went viral on social media.
Takawira who addressed herself as ZBC Newsbae said, “Vote Aliki, vote Tanaka Alice, and you will see change at Nust.”
While ZICOSU was left disappointed by the students who enjoyed the goodies, for Chimusoro, it was personal integrity and selfless character that won him this year’s Nust SRC elections.
” I am proud of Nust students, I’m happy for the faith and trust they have in me, I owe them desirable service delivery” said Chimusoro.
Chimusoro also welcomed elected Councillors saying that he was ready to work with everyone despite different political orientation.
“I am ready to work side by side with everybody, Zicosu, Zinasu, NSC, everyone is important, and I do hope we are going to deliver as a united team,” Chimusoro said.
NSC secretary general, Kudakwashe Chikondowa urged students to stand for values and integrity as these are the most important traits that a leader should possess.
“If Zicosu arranges bashes for you, you are welcome to go and enjoy yourselves, those who received bribes like airtime enjoy it, but when you go to the ballot remember who is capable to defend your interests throughout the year,” said Chikondowa on election day.
Efforts to contact Aliki were fruitless as he was unreachable immediately after the pronouncement of election results.
Meanwhile, the newly elected SRC leadership is expected to be sworn in early next week at a hand over take-over ceremony to be held in the Council Chambers at Nust.