Activist and 2018 candidate for Mount Pleasant, Fadzayi Mahere has dismissed allegations that she is a Zanu PF plant. Mahere has also said that her family was not involved in Zanu PF politics. Some sections of the media have reported that Mahere’s father was a senior member of Zanu-PF. Fadzayi, however, says her father was a top civil servant.
In an interview with NewsDay, Mahere said:
That has to be expected because once you join politics people are bound to begin to ask the tough questions. I take this not in the negative sense, but part of society’s role to interrogate their political leader and know more about them rather than patronising, and we encourage such engagement. I have provided answers and in short I am not Zanu PF. I am standing as an independent in Mt Pleasant constituency.
I do not come from a political family. Neither of my parents has ever been in any of Zanu PF’s organs or taken part in politics. But my father was a civil servant working his way from being a teacher to being permanent secretary in the Education ministry before he retired in 2013.
My father was a top civil servant and not a Zanu PF activist in any way, shape or form. I think that difference is important to make.