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Meet the Candidates| Simbarashe Malvin Chakare| Councillor Ward 26 Highfields | Independent

By Philemon Jambaya

Aspiring Councillor for Ward 26 (Highfields) Simbarashe Malvin Chakare says his intention is to ensure that his ward is kept clean and that council run-schools are offering life-skills training.

“Bodyslam” as Chakare is affectionately known by his legion of followers, is popularly known for nurturing talented upcoming young dancehall artists in the area.

His campaign has been named ‘Simba Kuvanhu’ literally meaning power to the people.

Some young people in Highfields say they are offering their support to Chakare because they feel he is standing for them and also that he knows most of the challenges faced in the ward and is already doing something about it before coming to power.

In his own words, Chakare says his vision is to give proper education to youths in his ward by improving schools.

“My people deserve a good education hence we have plans to improve our local schools to become top schools both in sports, education and even in other life skills that council might be able to provide,” he said.

Chakare is currently installing new sewer pipes in Geneva a place which has been neglected for quite some time and residents are on cloud nine celebrating such a development.

Residents in Ward 26 have welcomed Chakare’s bid adding that he is showing the much-needed leadership in the area.

“Boss Simba has shown leadership if can take a look on how he is cleaning our environment, since his bid to be our Councillor we now breathe the fresh air here,” said Tawanda Kachiko a resident of Western Triangle in Ward 26.

Chakare’s other activities can be viewed on his social media pages which he is also using to engage with the electorate.

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Daniel Chigundu

Daniel Chigundu is the news editor for OpenParlyZW an online platform that covers Parliament of Zimbabwe activities using social media (Twitter and Facebook). He is currently the secretary-general of the Zimbabwe Parliamentary Journalists Forum and a board member of Digital Communication Network.

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