December 31, 1966
|Employer||Government of Zimbabwe|
|Spouse(s)||Christopher Mushonga (late)|
Priscilla Misihairabwi-Mushonga is a Zimbabwean politician and Proportional Representation legislator for Matabeleland South. She is also a human rights activist and an ardent feminist. She is the current Parliamentary Portfolio Committee Chairwoman on Women and Youth Affairs.
Priscilla Misihairabwi-Mushonga was born on 31 December 1966. She is also a niece to the late Canaan Banana, Zimbabwe's first president. She was widowed in August 2011 when her husband, Dr. Chris Mushonga, an orthopedic surgeon died of injuries sustained during a botched robbery at their house. They had been married for 13 years.
In 1989 she was Co-Founder and Coordinator of Women And AIDS Support Network also a founding member of the National Constitutional Assembly (NCA)."She is one woman whose commitment and determination struck me," said NCA chairman and long-time fellow activist Lovemore Madhuku. Her mentor and inspiration was Margaret Dongo, a former liberation struggle guerrilla. Misihairabwi-Mushonga was Dongo’s polling agent and was elected as a Councillor in Harare in 1996. Mushonga joined the Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) Party when it started in 1999. When the MDC party split in 2005, she remained with the smaller MDC formation led then by professor Arthur Mutambara Movement for Democratic Change (MDC-M). She was elected Deputy Secretary-General of that party. In 2009 she was appointed Minister of Regional Integration and International Cooperation in the Government of National Unity (GNU).In the 2011 MDC-M congress she was elected the party's Secretary General, a position she will held up to the next congress in 2016. She was the MDC-M chief representative at (JOMIC)Joint Monitoring and Implementation Committee and (COPAC) the Constitutional Parliamentary Committee a committee that was in charge of writing the Zimbabwean constitution.
Misihairairambi was a Member of the National Assembly from 2002-2005 for Glen Norah. During her time as Glen Norah's MP, she also served as the shadow foreign minister for the Movement for Democratic Change. She was a Matabeleland South Member of the National Assembly and MDC Secretary General. Between 2009 and July 2013, she was minister of Regional Integration and International cooperation. In 2005-2011 was Deputy Secretary-General of MDC-M. She was the member of the National Assembly for Umzingwane Constituency.
Appointment As Ambassador
Misihairabwi-Mushonga was appointed Zimbabwe's ambassador to Sweden by [[Emmerson Mnangagwa[[ in September 2021. Before the appointment, Misihairabwi-Mushonga was the MDC-T proportional representation MP for Matabeleland South in 2018. Priscilla Misihairabwi-Mushonga was also the chairperson of the Portfolio Committee on Primary and Secondary Education and previously chaired the Public Accounts Committee.
- Violet Gonda, Minister Misihairabwi ‘forced’ to give up late husband’s estate, Short Wave Radio, Published: No Date Given, Retrieved: July 14, 2015
- Ephraim Nsingo, POLITICS-ZIMBABWE: Blazing a Trail For Women Politicians, IPS News, Published: September 24, 2008, Retrieved: July 14, 2015
- Priscilla Misihairabwi-Mushonga, Kuvaka Zim, Published: No Date Given, Retrieved: July 14, 2015
- Farirai Machivenyika, ED Appoints Misihairabwi-Mushonga Ambassador To Sweden As Zim’s Top Diplomat To Iran Dies, NewZimbabwe.com, Published: September 11, 2021, Retrieved: December 30, 2021
- Misihairabwi-Mushonga in emotional farewell, The Herald, Published: September 17, 2021, Retrieved: December 30, 2021