Enzo Ishall Joins ZANU PF Set To Contest In Upcoming By-elections
The Zimbabwean political landscape is set to welcome a new entrant in the form of Zimdancehall sensation Enzo Ishall. The musician, birth name Kudzanai Mamhare, has thrown his hat into the ring and will be contesting for a seat in the ruling ZANU PF party’s internal elections.
The much-anticipated ZANU PF primary elections are scheduled to take place on Saturday, the 23rd of March 2023. The primary elections present an opportunity for aspiring candidates to represent the party in the upcoming 2023 Harmonised Elections, a date yet to be announced by President Emmerson Mnangagwa.
Initially set to take place on the 18th of March, the primary elections had to be postponed due to the overwhelming number of CVs submitted by aspiring candidates. This year’s elections will see candidates competing for council, parliament, and senate seats.
A staggering 2,858 candidates submitted their CVs, and among them were several Zimbabwean celebrities vying for political positions. Alongside Enzo Ishall, the likes of Innocent Benza, the owner of Herentals FC, and musician Sandra Ndebele will be contesting in the ZANU PF primaries.
Existing Ties With ZANU PF
Enzo Ishall, who will be running in Sunningdale, where he was raised, is no stranger to the ruling party. He has often been invited to perform at ZANU PF rallies, accompanied by producers DJ Fantan and Levels. In 2022, Enzo Ishall rocked the crowd at ZANU PF’s by-elections campaign launch in Epworth, a move that drew a lot of attention from his fans and political observers alike.
Public Reaction To Enzo Ishall’s Decision
Zimbabweans have had mixed reactions to the news of Enzo Ishall’s foray into politics. Social media users have taken to various platforms to express their opinions and speculate on what the future holds for the musician-turned-politician.
“What’s wrong with that?”
“Ehe anditi they are benefiting from the party big time? Inini, I’m going to unfollow him from today onward. He doesn’t exist kwandiri.”
“People are taking politics for granted.”
“Vote for him.”