March 16, 1960
Margaret "Tichaona muhondo" Dongo is a Zimbabwean politician, former member of the Zimbabwe African National Union Patriotic Front and one of the most celebrated veterans of the Zimbabwean Liberation Struggle.
She was born on March 16, 1960.She lost a son in 2016 due to an accident at her farm in Mhondoro.
Early Political Activity
Dongo is said to have started her political career when she dropped out of school at the age of fifteen to go for military training in Mozambique. Having joinedthe liberation struggle in 1975, she received military training at Chimoio Military Training Camp and eventually served in the Tete Province, offering assistance to injured combatants.
Margaret served as a receptionist at the Zimbabwe Inter-Africa News Agency (ZIANA) for two years before being employed at Jongwe printers as a proof reader. She also served in the president's office as an intelligence field officer beteeen 1983 and 1990. She also got heavily involved in politics between 1990 and 2000 having been elected on a ZANU PF ticket initially before she contested as an independent and winning the following election. Dongo's run as an independent candidate was necessitated by the fact that she had been dropped by her party apparently for not towing the party line. In the first instance she lost the election she lost but successfully challenged the results in court represented by Tendai Biti as her legal counsel, she went on to win the election re-run becoming the first independent MP in post-independence Zimbabwe.
Dongo has been a top human rights advocate in post colonial Zimbabawe. She challenged a law which made it impossible for women to get legal documents for their children without the authority and consent of the father arguing that the law descriminated against women.
it was reported that an attempt on Dongos life occured when her RidgeView home was set on fire in early January 2016.Dongo indicated that the incident was not the first as she had faced the same fate before,
“That was an attempt on my life,” Dongo told the Daily News on Sunday, adding “I am not surprised as this is not the first time that this has happened to me. “In August 1995, I survived a petrol bomb attack in St Marys (Chitungwiza) before I had another similar experience in Sunningdale the following year”. “It could be that they are trying to instil fear in me because of my work as a political activist. Still, one asks why me and why has it happened in such a way. “All this also causes one to ask where we can go where they cannot follow us. And when you live in fear in your country it hurts badly. I participated in the liberation struggle like many others and I wonder whether this is the thank you I’m getting,” she added. “My other concern is if they start the violence now when there are still two years to the 2018 elections, what will happen as we get near there and when will it stop?