Theresa nee Chigariro Makone is a Zimbabwean politician and member of She is the Member of House of Assembly for Harare North (MDC-T)
Theresa was (born 6 October 1952) at Highfield Clinic in Harare. Her parents were Titus Chigariro a school teacher and mother a house wife. she is the first born in a large family of ten children and is from Domboshava district. She is married her husband Ian Makone, who was also studying in the UK in 1974. Ian Makone is the chief advisor to the former Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai, he is an economist by profession. Their first daughter, Taneta was born in the United Kingdom (UK) at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Birmingham then their second daughter Nyarai who died in 2012.
Makone attended Mhizha Primary school in Highfield and Chirodzo Primary school in Mbare, then was sent to Makumbe Boarding School in Domboshava for school. Then moved to Monte Casino Girls High School in Macheke for her secondary school where she won a Rhodes Scholarship for academic excellence after her Junior Certificate and that saw her through Forms three and four. Her outstanding results at O-level won her a second scholarship, the Beit Trust Scholarship that enabled her to attend St Ignatius College, Chishawasha, where she took chemistry, biology, physics and subsidiary mathematics at A-level. she was among the first four girls to study at the former boys only school. In 1973 she enrolled at the then University of Rhodesia in Mt Pleasant to study for a Bachelor of Science degree in chemistry, botany and zoology.The late Ariston Chambati and Professor Gordon Chavunduka, both were lecturers at the then University of Rhodesian, helped her enroll at the University of Nottingham in the UK. This was in 1974 where she studied for a Bachelor of Science degree in Bio-Chemistry and Food Science. She later obtained a Diploma in Leadership Management from Waco University in Texas in the USA and another in International Therapy from the British Council of Aestheticienne.
On her return home Zimbabwe the UK in 1978, she joined Chibuku Breweries as the first female Development Chemist.Three years later she moved to Sterling Winthrop Pharmaceutical Company in Harare as a Quality Assurance Director before going back to the food industry as the first Chief Technologist at Cairns Foods where two years later she was promoted to the post of Research and Development Manager. She resigned from this company to open her own business beauty clinics which she still runs up to today.
Theresa Makone's poltical activism began in 1973 during the colonial era in the then University of Rhodesia. Where she was arrested for taking part in a strike over the arrest of student leaders and racial discrimination and allocation of residences at the campus. She absconded university and fled to Botswana. Makone joined the Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) in January 2000 in Hwedza where her husband’s family have a farm in Zviyambe small scale farming community. She became the MDC branch treasurer in Zviyambe West in 2000 and worked with the Election Support Group during the elections that year and a year later was elected treasurer for Hwedza district. In the 2005 elections she stood unsuccessfully for the MDC against Zanu PF’s Aeneas Chigwedere for the Hwedza Constituency. In 2006, she was elected unopposed by all the eleven district from Chivhu to Mtawatawa as the chairperson for Tsvangirai led Movement for Democratic Change (MDC-T) in Mashonaland East.In 2007 she was made chairperson for National Women’s Assembly of the MDC-T. she was also appointed to handle the Ministry of Public Works portfolio.
Theresa Makone runs a thriving poultry project at her rural home in Domboshava where the family has built an impressive homestead.
- John Gambanga, Theresa Makone, The Zimbabwe Situation Published: July 23, 2010, Retrieved: July 9, 2014