Christopher Mutsvangwa’s rival in the Zanu PF Norton race has pulled out amid revelations of behind the scenes manoeuvring to ensure the former War Veterans minister had a clean passage.

Mudereki had trounced Mutsvangwa in the primary elections and Mnangagwa’s special advisor threw a tantrum.

Sources have told the Standard that  the Zanu PF Mashonaland West provincial coordinating committee (PCC) meeting that met yesterday was given an instruction to ensure Mutsvangwa was not contested.

“We are going into this meeting with a clear instruction, comrade, we have to ensure that the special advisor is uncontested in the re-run. This is because he had no time to campaign and he is very busy travelling with the president while other candidates had time to do so,” said a member of the PCC before the meeting in Chinhoyi yesterday.

“So the instruction is that he has to go uncontested,” added the source, speaking on condition of anonymity.

Mutsvangwa emerged all smiles from the PCC meeting and declared that the province had done “the correct thing.”

“I feel happy because this is what the Mashonaland West leadership and the people of Norton wanted,” he said.

“It was investigated and the technical team saw that the initial elections were not done according to the laid-down rules and regulations. I never forced anyone to quit, he [Mutendereki] withdrew voluntarily and he is part of my campaign team.”