Linda Masarira is a Zimbabwean politician who is currently the spokesperson for the MDC-T faction led by Thokozani Khupe. She is known more for her activism from 2016 - 2017 as part of the Tajamuka/Sesjikile Campaign movement.

 Linda Masarira
Linda Masarira
Linda Masarira
Nationality Zimbabwe
Other names Tsungirirayi
Education Marlborough High School, Chipindura High School
Occupation
  • Computer Technician
  • National Co-ordinator
Years active 2015-present
Organization Young African Leaders Forum - YALF
Known for Human Rights Activism
Home town Harare,Zimbabwe
Political party MDC-T (Thokozani Khupe faction)
Movement Tajamuka/Sesjikile Campaign
Children She is a mother of 5 children

On 21 April 2018, Masarira was elected spokesperson of the MDC-T faction led by Thokozani Khupe at an extraordinary Congress in Gweru.[1].

Masarira is an aspiring Member of Parliament for the Harare Central seat.

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Background

Linda Masarira is a mother to 5 children. She spent some time staying in Mutare then moved to Harare where she founded the Zimbabwe Women in Politics Alliance(ZWPA). Masarira is very passionate about fighting for democracy in Zimbabwe.[2] She is not only an activist in the Zimbabwe Activists Alliance (ZAA), but also a part of the Tajamuka movement.[3]

Masarira is a widow and former employee of the National Railways of Zimbabwe.[4]

Insulting President

Masarira was arrested in May 2015 for allegedly calling Robert Mugabe excrement at Njanji Bottle around 1800 hrs in Mutare. She appeared before magistrate Annia Ndiraya facing charges of insulting or undermining the authority of the president as defined in Section 33 (2) (b) of the Criminal Law (Codification and Reform) Act Chapter 9:23. She was remanded out of custody on free bail. Prosecutor Douglas Mutiure told the court that Masarira allegedly told her supervisor Paymore Kamangira that
Une badge reZanu PF, kwandiri nonsense, enda kuna Isau Mupfumi, enda kwaunoenda kwaari, enda kuna Mugabe, kwandiri matuzvi (you have a Zanu PF badge, to me it's nonsense, go to Esau Mupfumi, go to him, go to Mugabe, to me its shit).

Masarira denied the charges saying she was framed by her detractors.[5]

16 Days Occupation

Together with Lynette Tendai Mudehwe of ZAA and other five activists, Masarira started the Occupy Africa Unity Square Campaign in June 2016, which they intended to run for 16 days.[6]

The campaign was however disrupted by members of the Zimbabwe Republic Police who arrested Patson Dzamara and four others over trumped up robbery charges.[3] Linda was arrested together with 10 other suspected activists on a charge of defeating or obstracting the course of justice. [7] They were remanded out of custody on a $500 bail[7] although the bail was reduced to $200 after they failed to raise the money required.[8]

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July 2016 Arrest and Imprisonment

On 6 July 2016, Masarira was arrested by the police together with 19 other people. Linda was among the six people that were arrested in Budiriro and the other 13 people were from Mufakose. Linda Masarira was accused of throwing stones and burning stalls of innocent vendors.[9]

Masarira was denied bail on 09 July 2016 at Mbare Magistrates Court.

She was subsequently sent to Chikurubi Maximum Security Prison on remand. Her case was repeatedly postponed by the magistrate's courts, in a move widely seen as an attempt to frustrate the justice process. Masarira was only released on 26 September after her lawyers approached the High Court seeking an order requiring the detained person to be released or to be brought before the court for the lawfulness of the detention to be justified and the detention to be declared illegal and ordering the detained person's prompt release.

Criticised for tribalism

In December 2016, at a Crisis in Zimbabwe Coalition conference held in Harare, Masarira reportedly said “Ndebele people are cowards and cry-babies”. The statement statements went viral on social media and news websites which accused her of tribalism. Masarira was prompted to clarify that she only meant that "most" people from Matabeleland generally (as opposed to Ndebele people specifically) were " were reluctant to participate in efforts to confront the system in fighting for their rights." [10]



References

  1. Thokozani Khupe Unveils Party Leadership, Pindula News, Published: 21 April 2018, Retrieved: 22 April 2018
  2. [1], Giraffe Published: , Retrieved: 25 july 2016
  3. 3.0 3.1 [2], The Zimbabwean, Published:22 July 2016 , Retrieved: 25 July 2016 Cite error: Invalid <ref> tag; name "Zim" defined multiple times with different content
  4. Patricia Mudadigwa, Children Suffer as Political Activist Mum Languishes in Remand Prison, VOA, published: July 25, 2016, retrieved: July 26, 2016
  5. Woman allegedly called Mugabe excrement, New Zimbabwe, published: May 14, 2015, retrieved: July 26, 2016
  6. Women start 16-day Harare protest, The Zimbabwean, published: June 5, 2015, retrieved: July 26, 2016
  7. 7.0 7.1 Phyllis Mbanje, Police crush Occupy Africa Unity Square protest, Standard, published: June 12, 2016, retrieved: July 26, 2016
  8. Africa Unity Square activists bail reduced, NewsDay, published: June 17, 2016, retrieved: July 26, 2016
  9. 36 nabbed over demos, Herald, published: July 7, 2016, retrieved: July 26, 2016
  10. Linda Masarira Statement on Facebook, Facebook, Published: 15 December 2016, Retrieved 17 December 2016