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Linda Masarira fired for wearing Zanu PF regalia

By Daniel Chigundu

Self-styled political activist Linda Masarira has been fired from the Thokozani Khupe led opposition party MDC-T for wearing Zanu PF regalia.

Masarira wore the regalia last month when she had gone for formal introductions to her new husband’s family in the rural areas.

In her defence, Masarira said she had forgotten to carry her own wrapper and had to do with the Zanu PF wrapper that what was offered to her by her husband’s family.

While Masarira said she saw nothing wrong with her actions, however, the party (MDC-T) saw it otherwise and decided to fire her from her spokesperson position and also from the party.

Masarira said she just received an email from the party announcing the decision and that there was no hearing conducted adding that she has however accepted the decision and will not contest it.

“We meet to part and part to meet; I am not going to challenge the expulsion as it will put me at the same level of myopia, tomfoolery and intolerance.

“It is difficult to exist in an establishment where guns are always out blazing on you. I came, I served and got fired.

“I am now moving on with my vision for Zimbabwe which I had put on hold to assist a sister Thokozani Khupe who was facing a lot of abuse from misogynists in Zimbabwe’s political landscape.

“Unfortunately she succumbed to pressure from some sheep in wolves clothing posing as loyalists,” she said.

Before joining the Khupe led MDC-T, Masarira was one of the several females who were intending to contest for Parliament as independent candidates together with the likes of Fadzai Mahere and Vimbai Musvaburi among many others.

Masarira said she will be announcing her future plans in terms of politics in due course with indications that she might form her own political party.


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Daniel Chigundu

Daniel Chigundu is a male journalist in Zimbabwe and has been practising since September 2009. He used to the editor for The Business Connect (newspaper) in Harare, has his own news website Tourism Focus which is biased towards the tourism sector. Daniel is also working with Magamba Network on their project called Open Parliament where they do live coverage of Parliamentary activities on Twitter and Facebook. He is currently the secretary-general of the Zimbabwe Parliamentary Journalists Forum, is a member of Zimbabwe Small Broadcasters Association and a board member of Digital Communication Network. He holds a Diploma in Communication and Journalism from the Christian College of Southern Africa (CCOSA), a certificate in Youth leadership training from the Friedrich Ebert Stiftung (FES), a certificate in Citizen Journalism from Magamba Network and is currently a first-year student at Zimbabwe Open University studying for a Bachelor of Arts Honours in Ethics and Organisational Leadership.

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