Priscilla Misihairabwi-Mushonga
Priscilla Misihairabwi-Mushonga, Umzingwane Member of Parliament
BornPriscilla Misihairabwi
(1966-12-31) December 31, 1966 (age 56)
EmployerGovernment of Zimbabwe
Spouse(s)Christopher Mushonga (late)

Priscilla Misihairabwi-Mushonga is a politician and was Proportional Representation legislator for Matabeleland South. She is also a human rights activist and an ardent feminist. She was the Parliamentary Portfolio Committee Chairwoman on Women and Youth Affairs.

Personal Details

Born: 31 December 1966.
She is the niece of Canaan Banana, Zimbabwe's first president.
Widowed: 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. [1]

School / Education

No information was found on her Junior or High School, or any tertiary education.


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.[2]

In the 2000 Elections, (see A History of Zimbabwean Elections) Glen Norah returned to Parliament:

In the 2013 Elections, (see A History of Zimbabwean Elections), sixty seats were allocated to women, under the 2013 Zimbabwe Constitution. They were divided into 6 per province, based on a party's share of votes in the province. The parties produced lists of candidates before the elections. Successful candidates are listed in bold. Only parties which had successful candidates are listed. Vote counts for these seats may vary slightly from the official provincial vote totals due to some multiple candidates votes.

Matabeleland South
Priscilla Misihairabwi-Mushonga Nomathemba Ndlovu Abigail Damasane
Sibekithemba Njani Sipho Dube Alice Ndhlovu
Elizabeth Ndhlovu Patricia Ndlovu Rossy Mpofu
Thokozile Sibanda Peggy Ncube Marah Ngwenya
Helenic Ncube-Socks Moreblessing Tembo Rennie Kibi
Thokozile Moyo | Beauty Kerr Patricia Muhadi

Positions Held

Misihairairambi was a Member of the National Assembly from 2002-2005 for Glen Norah. While there, 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. [3] 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.

In Sweden, she replaced Alice Mashingaidze who was appointed Zimbabwe’s ambassador to Germany. [4][5]

Further Reading


  1. Violet Gonda, Minister Misihairabwi ‘forced’ to give up late husband’s estate, Short Wave Radio, Published: No Date Given, Retrieved: July 14, 2015
  2. Ephraim Nsingo, POLITICS-ZIMBABWE: Blazing a Trail For Women Politicians, IPS News, Published: September 24, 2008, Retrieved: July 14, 2015
  3. Priscilla Misihairabwi-Mushonga, Kuvaka Zim, Published: No Date Given, Retrieved: July 14, 2015
  4. Farirai Machivenyika, ED Appoints Misihairabwi-Mushonga Ambassador To Sweden As Zim’s Top Diplomat To Iran Dies,, Published: September 11, 2021, Retrieved: December 30, 2021
  5. Misihairabwi-Mushonga in emotional farewell, The Herald, Published: September 17, 2021, Retrieved: December 30, 2021