This is BRIEFLY’s 1st edition of 2019, and LEAD president Linda Masarira tells us about her biggest regret in life, what music and food she prefers, what she would do differently if she were to be a teenager again, and she also gives advice to Zimbabweans on social media. Oh, and she reveals the one Minister in the current Cabinet who she is willing to give a high-five!
Q: What was your first job?
A: Computer Technician at Gratephase Computers
Q: What’s your biggest regret in your life so far?
A: My biggest regret was marrying a man who I thought was sincere who I later learnt was a man on a mission to eliminate me.
Q: US dollar or Zimbabwe dollar… Which one would you rather we use in Zimbabwe right now?
A: Zimbabwe dollar. There is no nation that can ever prosper whilst using foreign currency worse still currency from a nation that imposed illegal sanctions to destabilize its economy.
Q: What book have you been reading?
A: In Turmoil and Tenacity by Canaan Banana
Q: What is one thing about you that most people don’t know?
A: I am a very compassionate and understanding person who I’d willing to help anyone in crisis at any time. In short I have a very soft heart.
Q: You’re given the keys to the State House today. What are the first two things you’d do for Zimbabweans?
A: Ensure decent salaries for all workers and find investors or partners to assist in construction of new dams and waterworks. Unfortunately you said two it would have made sense to make them 10.
Q: You are a very busy person. What are the things you always do despite a busy schedule?
A: No matter how busy I am, I always have time to go and fetch water at the borehole, play with my grandson and assist my children with their homework. As long as I am in Harare I make effort to meet my parents every weekend.
Q: If you were to go back in time to your teenage years, what would you do differently?
A: I wouldn’t have been at the right place at the wrong time. I was raped at 17 but am over it now.
Q: The year is about to end, and many are planning their holiday destinations. Which place in Zimbabwe fascinates you the most, and why?
A: Leopard Rock Hotel. I just love the fresh air, peace and nature.
Q: Is President Emmerson Mnangagwa’s New Dispensation indeed new? Why?
A: It has tried to change some things. During Mugabe’s, time anyone who spoke against the government was an enemy of the state. There was freedom of expression and no freedom after expression. All political actors are interacting with the electorate freely without any intimidation. The dispensation is new and not-so-new – inenge hembe yemubhero – until there are proper measures to deal with corruption and sanction busting measures.
Q: After a hard day’s work, what do you want at your dinner table?
A: Rice, goat meat, potato salad and cabbage
Q: What advice would you give to Zimbabweans who use social media?
A: Since the influx of social media communication Zimbabweans have been infringing on other peoples right to freedom of expression. The level of vileness & toxicity on social media is nauseating & an indicator that most Zimbabweans are suffering from trauma.
They have resorted to abuse of information during dissemination and sharing on their own. This has had negative impact on government initiatives that are meant to develop the nation as responses have become negative.
Q: If you were not in your current occupation, what else would you be doing?
A: Nothing else, I breathe to ensure transformation in Zimbabwe at all cost. I live to ensure depolarization in Zimbabwe and my mission is to ensure that regardless of differing political ideologies we unite as a nation and work together to rebuild Zimbabwe to create sustainable human development and economic growth.
Q: Is Zimbabwe a unique country, and if yes, in what way?
A: Zimbabwe is a very unique country endowed with vast natural resources and with one of the perfect weather patterns in the world. The culture of love and social development has kept the country’s peace intact regardless of an over 3 decades of unsteady and politically volatile situation.
Q: What type of music really gets your day started?
A: Conscious music
Q: Which one Minister in the current Cabinet would you give a high-five?
A: Fortune Chasi
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- In this programme, Zimbabwe Voice chats with news-makers in Zimbabwean politics, business, sport, civic society, art, academia, religion and other sectors of society to briefly hear their viewpoints omn diverse issues.