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Mkahlera’s son eyes seat


GWERU — Nyasha Mkahlera, son of former Gweru urban MP Timothy Mkahlera, has thrown his hat into the ring and wants to contest next year’s parliamentary elections on an MDC-T ticket.

By Stephen Chadenga

Nyasha (28) told NewsDay he was optimistic of winning in the party primary elections where he is likely to lock horns with the incumbent MP Rodrick Rutsvara and Local Government deputy minister Sesel Zvidzai.

Zvidzai has neither denied nor confirmed his interest in contesting the Gweru urban seat though party insiders say he has been moving around canvassing for support.

“It is true that I am interested in representing the party as MP in Gweru urban in next year’s elections.

“I may appear young, but the passion for politics and confidence people have shown in me is the reason I am going to contest,” Nyasha said.

He said his vision was youth empowerment through income-generating projects.

Nyasha — MDC-T treasurer for Ward 4 — said he was exposed to politics at an early age when he used to accompany his father when he was still MP.

“I am my own man and believe in myself. My father inspired me. I used to move around with him as he carried out his political activities,” he said.

A holder of an Accounting and Business degree from the University of Portsmouth in the United Kingdom, Nyasha is currently studying for a Master of Business Administration degree in Strategic Management and Corporate Governance with the Midlands State University.

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