Linda Tsungirirai Masarira is a former labour activist and trade Unionist at the National Railways of Zimbabwe and is a victim of the infamous Zuva judgement which led to thousands of Zimbabweans losing their jobs in 2015. She lost her job in July 2015 apparently for demanding unpaid salaries to be paid and advocating for labour rights to be adhered to.
After a myriad of challenges ranging from economic disenfranchisement, state induced poverty, joblessness, inequality of opportunities and being marginalized by vicious cycles of exclusion, she decided to stand up and challenge the status quo in her quest to influence positive change and sustainable human development in Zimbabwe.
Linda Tsungirirai Masarira was convinced by numerous Zimbabwean citizens residing in Harare Central to run for public office and represent them since the incumbent public officials had failed to provide the necessary representation and are only visible during the election period. She decided to take it up and launched the purple campaign on 28 September 2017.
She is a woman who believes that an Empowered citizen can make informed decisions and one of her key statements during her door to door campaigns is, “it is critically important to understand the mandate and duties of a member of Parliament…”
What is the role of an MP?
The role of a parliamentarian is often summarized as lawmaking, representational, financial oversight and policy oversight. These functions are comprised of :
*control of public expenditure
*debate on government policy and scrutiny of government administration.
Linda strongly believes in justice, freedom and equal opportunities for all Zimbabweans. At the core of the #PurpleCampaign is a moto which we seek to influence in a positive manner in our quest to achieve sustainable human development. The moto is “HEALTH, WEALTH AND HAPPINESS”. In our pursuit of happiness and a decent life and job, we all need a healthy lifestyle and access to quality health care which will enable us to be fit and work to attain wealth which is every person’s aspirations and after accumulating wealth, we will have a happy citizen and happy families.
Only a healthy citizen is able to work towards self actualization, to accumulate wealth and to sustain decent livelihoods. A healthy and wealthy person is a happy person that can meaningfully contribute to the economic growth and social development in Zimbabwe.
Linda will be launching the Harare Central Constituency campaign manifesto on the 2nd of March 2018 where she will unpack the role she will play in the pre-election and post election period and the changes she will influence at policy level once elected as the servant leader of Harare Central constituency. She is open to suggestions and ideas on how we can all make Harare Central Great again. You can contact her on her whatsapp number +263719118783, Twitter :@lilomatic, Facebook : Linda Tsungirirai Masarira or her website : www.linda4mp.com
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