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Meet the Candidates| Desire Kudakwashe Ncube| Aspiring MP for Mufakose| FreeZim Congress

By Tafadzwa Muranganwa

FreeZim Congress aspiring legislator for Mufakose Constituency Desire Kudakwashe Ncube says he is confident of romping to victory in the impending elections set for 30 July this year.

Ncube who is a journalist by training believes his victory will come courtesy of a master plan that he has for the constituency which currently under the guidance of Paurina Mpariwa of MDC Alliance.

In an interview, Ncube said he is not new to politics as some would like to think as he had a stint with various opposition political parties where he held various senior positions.

“Apart from being a journalist, politics has always been my calling from the time I was Mavambo/Kusile/Dawn Party spokesperson for Harare Province.

“I then had a short stint as secretary general of the Zimbabwe Rainbow Democratic Party and I am now national secretary general for FreeZim Congress which is led by Joseph Makamba Busha,” he said.

Ncube said he decided to contest in the upcoming elections specifically for the Mufakose seat owing to his experience growing in the constituency and the poor state of infrastructure.

“I was born and bred in Mufakose and my heart bleeds when I look at the level of dilapidation of infrastructure in this area so I took it upon myself that I need to serve my constituency,” he said.

Ncube was born on May 2, 1986, in Kwekwe, attended Ruzivo and Mukurumbira Primary schools before enrolling for his Ordinary level and Advanced level certificates at Mufakose High and Nyazura High respectively.

He holds a journalism diploma, international diplomacy and NGO studies qualification all from the Christian College of Southern Africa. He is currently pursuing a law degree with UNISA.

Besides running a media consultancy company called Fathiz Media and Branding Solutions (FMBS), Ncube has worked for The Standard Newspaper and The Sunday Mail before his bid to represent FreeZim in Mufakose.

The journalist-cum-politician says he sees nothing wrong with journalists standing for public office adding that it is in line with the duty of ensuring transparency and accountability in public administration.

“Many times people say joining political office compromise my profession but most of the time the media is writing and broadcasting on the need for transparency and accountability in public office so I am just reciprocating that by standing as a candidate,” he said.

Ncube joins a cocktail of working and retired journalists such as Andrew Neshamba, Tendai Munengwa, Supa Mandiwanzira, Makhosini Hlongwane, Kindness Paradza, and James Maridadi who have tried their hand at politics in both local authority and Parliament.

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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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