PASTOR MAWARIRE TURNS TO POLITICS, GUNS FOR COUNCIL SEAT
PROMINENT cleric-cum-activist, Evan Mawarire, who led the social movement #ThisFlag, that rallied Zimbabweans against former President Robert Mugabe’s rule and appeared to be eyeing the presidency has set his sights on a Harare council seat.
Making the announcement on his official Twitter page, Mawarire said just sitting around and waiting for change was not sufficient. “I am running for council in the upcoming 2018 elections. We cannot change anything by standing on the sidelines and hoping change will happen on its own. Change starts on the ground,” he said.
Mawarire, who is running under a coalition of individuals calling themselves People’s Own Voice (Povo) is vying for Harare’s ward 17 council seat.
“It is possible for us to get back to the old days where we used to drink clean water,” he said in a pre-recorded video.
Duduzile Nyirongo, a chartered accountant and pastor also joins Mawarire under the Povo banner as the independent candidates seek to take over the running of the local authority.
“I have decided to contest as an independent councillor for Harare ward 7 (Avondale) in the upcoming 2018 elections. I will be running under the Povo banner, a coalition of independent councillors,” she also announced.
According to a Povo notice, the other new candidates running for local government in the 2018 elections for Harare include Henry Munangatire (ward 8) and Marshal Shonhai (ward 25).
Povo reportedly intends to field candidates in all 46 wards in Harare.
The Povo launch will be held at the Harare Gardens tomorrow.
Fadzai Mahere is the only notable member of #ThisFlag, who is aiming to land in Parliament as the legislator for Mount Pleasant constituency.
Mahere is likely to face off with Zanu PF’s Jason Pasade and MDC-T’s Jameson Timba in the elections.