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.