By Staff Reporter
LONDON- Legendary former ZBC Radio and TV personality Ezra ‘Tshisa’ Sibanda has thrown his hat in the political ring and intends to stand as an MDC-T parliamentary candidate in his rural home of Vungu in the Midlands Province.
Nehanda Radio.com can exclusively reveal that over the Christmas holiday Ezra was back in Zimbabwe from his United Kingdom base and spent time consulting with the provincial party leadership and other senior MDC-T leaders.
Sibanda who is admired by many in his home town for what he has achieved in over 20 years of broadcasting was introduced by the MDC-T leadership to excited crowds in Vungu over the festive season.
Contacted for comment MDC-T National Organising Secretary Nelson Chamisa told Nehanda Radio.com “to add is to strengthen, to subtract is to weaken. Given the opportunity to add we choose to multiply as a party of excellence.”
Asked how the candidates for the next election will be selected Chamisa said “we are still to finalise the internal candidate selection mechanism so that we can deepen our internal party democracy.”
Chamisa also confirmed meeting Era and discussing his venture into politics but said nothing was set in stone and the people of Vungu would ultimately decide. Should primary elections be held its likely Ezra would win by a landslide.
Contacted for comment Ezra told Nehanda Radio.com “the people of Vungu for many years have been pressuring me to come and be their voice. I told them some time ago that I was considering this and I feel now is the right time.”
“In my constituency nothing has happened in terms of development under the Zanu PF MP and I want to change this. As a broadcaster for 20 years I have listened to what the people want and now I feel I can articulate their issues.”
Ezra ‘Tshisa’ Sibanda is a holder of a BA degree in Media Studies from the University of Essex in London and a Masters Degree in Psychoanalysis and Refugee Studies from the same university. He spent over 13 years with ZBC and was famous for his programmes such as Ngisakhumbula, Ukubingelelana, Guga Mzimba, Selimathunzi sesi phindela emakhaya.
Current Zanu PF MP for Vungu, Josephat Madubeko won the seat by a narrow margin after factional fighting saw the MDC-T field two candidates, Mark Moyo and David Sabola who was later expelled for defying the party.
Making things worse was that the incumbent MP at the time, Renson Gasela was from the smaller faction of the MDC led by Welshman Ncube and this diluted the votes in favour of Zanu PF. Gasela died in a horrific car crash in April 2010.
MDC-T supporters interviewed in Vungu told Nehanda Radio.com that if the party can ensure that they field one candidate in the next election, victory is almost assured. Nehanda Radio.com