An aspiring legislator, Zalerah Hazvinei Makari (44), says she is the best candidate to bring development to the Epworth constituency.
Makari is contesting on a ZANU PF ticket, having represented the constituency before between 2015 and 2018.
In 2018, Makari contested the 2018 elections as an independent candidate and is now back at the governing party.
Speaking during a recent interview with Business Times reporter Anesu Masamvu, Makari, who claims to have obtained her first degree at the University of Cape Town, and is a farmer, said she decided to contest in the upcoming by-elections on a ZANU PF ticket as she met the requirements.
Asked why she should not give others a chance since has represented the Epworth constituency before, that is from 2015 – 2018, Makari said:
Let me put this on record, I will not stay on the dance floor longer than my two minutes, The tenure of a legislator is five years and I have done three and in those three I had to battle some elements that were not willing to go for development.
So effectively, I worked for two years and in the two years; we managed to do significant work.
I will give you an example, I fought for almost a whole year for us to get a registrar general office in Epworth so that people can access essential documentation easily.
The issue of crime was a sore thing so we wanted more police bases so we got two extra police stations to put in there.
We had two schools built during that tenure, a high school and a primary school.
An array of developments happened at the clinic, which we want to be a district hospital.
The Chiremba road that enters into Epworth was tarred, boreholes were drilled.
I am actually embarrassed to talk about boreholes because that is not what we want to be, we want water reticulation,
Tapped water and boreholes are just a stopgap measure so that people have access to clean potable water.
… I think, I am the best candidate to bring the change and development required in Epworth.
I am tried and tested. I am not an opportunist. I have done it before and I can do it again.
It is all about the electorate, If they chose me, I will humbly serve and execute the task.
Makari pledged to work with other contestants if she wins in the March elections, saying she is opposed to the politics of mudslinging and violence.