By Tafadzwa Muranganwa
Former Dynamos striker Nicholas Arufandika says he has joined politics and will be standing for the Harare City Council Ward 34 (Mufakose) seat in the coming general elections.
Unlike a host of other political aspirants that have mushroomed in the country’s political sphere who are standing as independent candidates, Arufandika will be contesting under the ticket of a little opposition party the Zimbabwe Rainbow Democratic Party (ZRDP).
In an interview, Tico, as Arufandika is affectionately known in football circles, said he already started working in the ward to drum-up support for his bid, revealing that he is confident of winning the seat with ease.
“It’s true that I will be standing as the ZRDP candidate for Mufakose Ward 34 council seat and I have already started campaigning for the position with the support of the party.
“I am confident that I can clinch the seat,” he said.
The former football star said his decision is not motivated by the much-publicised sitting allowances that Harare pays to its Councillors but that he wants to improve service delivery in his area which has been lagging behind in terms of development.
“Mufakose is a high-density suburb which has not been spared by poor service delivery by the incumbent council as evidenced by the poor state of roads and burst sewer pipes.
“However, I would like to heartily serve my area with diligence and I am not motivated by the allowances that councillors get, ” said Arufandika.
Meanwhile, ZRDP secretary general Desire Ncube justified the huge number of political parties that have expressed interest to contest the 2018 general elections adding that it shows that big political parties have failed the nation and the people are looking for alternatives.
According to the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission, currently, there are about `107 political parties that have expressed their intent for the elections.
“It is with disgust that I have realised many people are scrutinising the motive behind the high number of presidential aspirants and political parties when it is actually a reflection that the most popular parties Zanu PF and MDC-T have failed the citizens countless times so people are stampeding to look for other options,” argued Ncube.