RIGHTS activist Linda Masarira, who has been incarcerated several times for her anti-government campaigns, plans to run for Parliament in next year’s elections as an independent candidate.
Masarira is eying the Harare Central seat which currently held by the opposition MDC-T economy spokesman Murisi Zwidzai.
The pro-democracy activist is currently doing 385 hours of community service at Marlborough Clinic in Harare after being convicted of obstructing pedestrians and vehicles during #ShutDownZimbabwe protest mid last year.
Following her arrest over the protest, Masarira spent 89 days languishing in remand prison.
In an interview Monday with this publication, Masarira said after years of being persecuted by the Zanu PF regime and the failure by the current legislators to represent the wishes of the people, it was time to take her struggle to Parliament.
“I looked at the way we are always oppressed, assaulted and where activism fighting for the rights of the people is being taken or viewed as a drama. Yet, we relay have issues we are fighting for,” she said.
“If you look at the situation in the country right now, it shows that no one really cares about where (we are) is going.
“So, I said to myself if I can’t beat them I have to join them; I have to go there (National Assembly) where they are and try to move motions and the change I so desire to see in my country.”
Masarira said Zimbabwe’s young have been side-lined and shut out of political parties for years, hence the only way is to go independent.
“When you go for a primary election within political parties it’s always the seniors first; those who were there when the party was formed first. We now need to move away from that,” she said.
“We need MPs with the capacity to change things in Zimbabwe, we no longer want MPs who go there because of the party they represent.
“Someone once said even if we put a dog as a contest in elections as party candidate, supporters are supposed to just vote for that dog
“Hatichanda imbwa muparliament, (we no longer want useless MPs), if we go on like this Zimbabwe has no future.”