Journalist Turned Politician Wins MDC Primary Elections

Bara, who is also the chairperson of the advocacy committee of the Media Institute of Southern Africa (MISA-Masvingo chapter), won the primary elections of the Morgan Tsvangirai led Movement for Democratic Change (MDC – T) over the weekend and will represent the party in council elections if the much talked about 2011 polls are held this year.

Bara trounced Masvingo City Council deputy mayor, Selina Maridza in the MDC-T primary elections for ward one.

MDC-T provincial chair, Wilstuff Sitemere, confirmed that Bara had won.

In an interview, Bara said he was frustrated by the long wait he underwent after the Daily News was banned by the government.

The Daily news, is, however, set to return with the launch issue which hit the streets last Friday.

“The pace of media reforms in Zimbabwe is very slow. I was fed up of waiting and being unemployed. That is why i opted for politics,” said Bara.

He said he does not regret his choice.

“Journalism is an interesting profession in other countries. But in Zimbabwe, it seems like a crime to be a scribe. You have so many hassles.

Because of the shrinked nature of the industry, the salaries are low-in fact, Zim journalists are the least paid in the region. So I had no choice, I had to look at other opportunities to keep my head above the water,” he said.

Bara is not the first journalist who has opted for politics. The former editors of the defunct Tribune newspaper, Kindness Paradza and another journalist Makhosini Hlongwani have in the past traded their pens for politics.