VP Chiwenga’s mother-in-law Helga Mubaiwa says she has a right to contest for a parliamentary seat in Seke because she was the daughter of the area.

“It is true, I am an aspiring candidate for the (Seke) constituency. For a long time there has been no development in this area despite how close it is to the capital city, Harare. Seke is Harare, but as far as development is concerned it is like we are miles away from the capital. As a constituency, we are too backward and there is need for a female representative full of love to represent the interests of all the people,” she told Newsday.

The seat is currently under Phineas Chihota who is accused of being a G40. Mubaiwa was likely to contest in the primary elections alongside youth league provincial executive member Munyaradzi Kashambe and Danai Chikanya.

Asked whether her relationship with Chiwenga will not attract criticism as far as her political ambitions were concerned, Mubaiwa said she had the right to contest and that she was a bonafide “daughter of the area”.

“I am not doing this for myself, but for the sake of the people of Seke. This has nothing to do with my relationship with the VP. I was born in Seke and I was also married in the same area. I belong here and it is time that we bring development in the area. As a woman and a mother, I have unconditional love for these people hence my move to stand for the parliamentary contest,” she said.

Mubaiwa, who runs businesses in Dema and Harare was the main sponsor of the soccer tournament that was also attended by top party officials from the province.