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Freeman Chari speaks out on Lynda Masarira fundraising

By Freeman Chari

Following the videos and media reports about people taking advantage of Linda Masarira’s incarceration to fleece people, I have decided to explain to you the situation, at least from my end. Linda was supposed to issue a statement but I understand she is in hospital.

Lynda Masarira seen here in leg irons
Lynda Masarira seen here in leg irons

In July I sent $250 which was meant to pay salary of the maid and buy groceries and sanitary stuff for Linda. The maid recieved her salary and $100 groceries were bought. Our anticipation was that this was just a stop-gap measure and she would be released soon.

When I informed you about this I received complains, reservations etc from people who felt I could better deal with somebody else not the maid. Russel Masarira (Linda’s only brother) was suggested to me and I was given his number. I called him a few weeks into August inquiring about the children. He said he was taking care of 2 of the 5 children. The other 3 were in Mutare with the maid. He said there were challenges with food and school fees.

I then sent $250 to him through his wife’s (Penelope) account. My assumption was that he would use the money to at least have the kids in school. I received a call from Blessed Man Fungaimunaishe Mugadhla in Canada and he said they had raised a further $370 which they then sent to Russel. To me $620 was enough to get the kids in school and cared for.

Around Sept 20 I received a call from Silvanos Bhanditi Mudzvova who had gone to check on the kids in Mutare and he said their state was pathetic. Wellington Mahohoma reported the same. Sylvanos even went to the children’s school to ask about the arrears.

On 22 September I called Russel and I asked him why he had not taken care of the children in Mutare. He lost it and started insulting me: “Do you think your $250 and $370 is what has brought these kids to where they are today? Handina basa nekamari kenyu!!!” I was deeply disappointed.

I called Lance Guma that weekend because I understood Tino Chinyoka had started an initiative to specifically help Linda’s children. In my discussion with Lance we had resolved to send Maureen Kademaunga on her next trip to Chikurubi to ask Linda how she wanted her affairs administered given the roadblocks we were facing.

Fortunately, that Monday and order was granted to release Linda. I saw pictures of Linda & Russel upon release and I thought she would be told about what had transpired. I did not talk to Linda as I thought she needed family time. We were supposed to have a phone call on Sunday but she didn’t pick my call. Then Monday I had those videos forwarded to me.

I called Linda yesterday and told her what had transpired. I sent her the screenshots of my conversations with Russel and receipts.

This is what happened, it is frustrating and discouraging, but we are born as individuals, and each man must bear the burden of his own sins. The Zimbabwe Freedom Fund will continue and we are undeterred.

  1. Francis says

    Does Linda Masarira look like Morgan Tsvangirai, or it’s just me?

    1. ABCD says


    2. Realist says

      Its you
      This is a heartrending story. Woman in chains ? yeyi Africa!

  2. ABCD says

    In July I sent $250 which was meant to pay salary of the maid and buy groceries and sanitary stuff for Linda. The maid recieved her salary and $100 groceries were bought…..

    Russel Masarira (Linda’s only brother)……..

    I then sent $250 to him through his wife’s (Penelope) account

    ……………..gave up reading there!!!!…..too much info for me…….ACT dont TALK else just Shut up..no need exposing one’s business to get “closure”!!


    1. Joseph Matigimmu says

      they have to be exposed otherwise people will keep sending money to Russel achisquander nemukadzi wake instead of taking care of Linda’s kids

      1. mabwe says

        Nemagongi to be more precise. I wish Linda could give us her side of the story now that she is out.

  3. Black Panther says

    Zimboz are not United…home and away no wonder why the country is in shambles. Look at Mugabe, a Malawian he’s doing quiet well and his family.

  4. The ID10T says

    Funds accountability does not start and end with what amount you sent to whom. It starts by declaring how much the fund raising efforts raised and then going into detail of how it was used. If the fund raising efforts raised $15,000, and you are busy making noise about $600, then people are correct in saying the fund was abused.

  5. TSM Season 6 says

    asi Linda wacho haana murume here !! Shame why stealing donated cash hama dzangu !! honai vana vakutambura !!

  6. Stewart Bobo says

    Well articulated Chari. Vane nzeve vanzwa.

  7. Debwe says

    usambomire kuita tunhu twako Chari nekuti kune mboko kunze uko……pako wakaita, itiraiwo vamwe futi. a lesson learnt chiblazo chaLinda chakadya mari nemagongi chichiterera jah Preza Mdhara vachauya pamushandira pamwe……job well done takunzwa isu plus kamari kacho kadikidiki hatibe 2 cents isu……

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