FORMER President Robert Mugabe’s niece, Zalerah Makari, revealed she was pushed out of Zanu PF during the 2018 general elections amid fears she could have been anti – Emmerson Mnangagwa.

FORMER President Robert Mugabe’s niece, Zalerah Makari, revealed she was pushed out of Zanu PF during the 2018 general elections amid fears she could have been anti – Emmerson Mnangagwa.

 Makari was disqualified from the Zanu PF internal party elections for the Epworth constituency and went on to stand as an independent candidate, before losing the polls to the MDC Alliance’s Ethrage Kureva.

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Speaking in an interview on the Shift, Makari said the transition from the later former President, to President Emmerson Mnangagwa affected her on a personal and political level.

“First of all let me be clear, my relationship with the former (President) impacted me on a personal and political level because he was a political par excellence, I looked up to him also going into politics,” Makari.

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This relationship was to cost her dearly in her attempt to retain the Epworth seat in 2018 and was blocked by Zanu PF on the back of the links.

I had to work harder than everyone and I knew that, that’s what people said (That I was Mugabe’s relative) … then 2018 came I wasn’t able to defend my seat because of the transition that was happening for the second republic and some people thought, you know let’s not give her that opportunity,.

Makari

Mnangagwa was later to overturn her ban last minute and allowed Makari an opportunity to represent Zanu PF in the Epworth by-elections after Douglas Mwonzora had recalled Kureva.

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Source Newsday

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