By Buhle Tshavango
Aspiring independent legislator for Mount Pleasant advocate Fadzai Mahere has upped her game in a bid wrestle the constituency away from Jaison Passade by launching a campaign that has seen her constantly engaging with residents in the area.
Mahere has over the past few months taken up various initiatives to encourage residents to register for the upcoming elections. Her back-to-back campaign blitz includes soccer tournaments and voter education.
Just recently Mahere also announced that her #TeamYellow will be assisting with the voter registration exercise, whilst also giving blood.
The strategy to give blood is timely as the country is currently ceased with the issue of dwindling stocks of blood, as well as its pricing which has been castigated every now and then.
The legal practitioner-cum politician urged Mount Pleasant residents to come out in their numbers to save lives while taking the first steps to effect change by registering to for the much-hyped 2018 elections.
“As we press on with voter registration drive, this Saturday #TeamYellow will be assisting with voter registration whilst giving blood at Belgravia Shopping Centre (2nd St. Ext.).
“There is a serious blood shortage in Zimbabwe and people are dying every day because of the shortage and price! As a blood donor, you are then given free blood if you are ever in need.
“Help us build the Zimbabwe we want by taking charge and being the change we want to see,” she said.
Since announcing her intentions to stand as an independent candidate for Mount Pleasant Parliamentary seat earlier this year, Mahere has garnered a lot of following on social media owing to her hands-on campaign.
Should Mahere win the seat in 2018, she will be the first female legislator to represent Mount Pleasant in Parliament since 2000 when MDC-T was formed.
The seat used to be occupied by Jameson Timba before it was taken by the current legislator Jaison Passade.
Passade on his part says he has never lost sleep because of Mahere’s intentions adding that it is like an “ant fighting an elephant” and that her popularity on social media does not translate into votes adding that “politics is not a Facebook and Twitter game”.
Despite the obvious impact of the internet, Passade is one of the technological shy legislators with no known social media presence, while his contribution in the National Assembly Parliament is next to none.
The vocal Mahere comes into the political ring with the advantage of intellect, engagement and the promise to be one of the few outspoken women in Zimbabwe’s Parliament.
However, as with most female political aspirants, Mahere has received her share of sexist attacks with many downplaying her capabilities but attributing huge turnouts at her events to her beauty and sex appeal.