Priscilla Misihairabwi-Mushonga

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Priscilla Misihairabwi-Mushonga is a Zimbabwean politician and former member of the House of Assembly for Glen Norah. She is also human rights activist and an ardent feminist.

Background

Priscilla Misihairabwi-Mushonga was born on December 31, 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 robbery at their house. They had been married for 13 years.[1]

Political Career

In 1989 she was Co-Founder and Coordinator of Women And AIDS Support Network also a founding member of theNational 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. Priscilla joined the Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) Party when it started 1999. When the MDC party split in 2005, she remained with the smaller MDC formation led then by professor 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). Then in the 2011 MDC-M congress she was elected the party' Secretary General a position she will hold 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]

Positions Held

Misihairairambi was 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 Matabeleland South Member of the National Assembly and MDC Secretary General. Then in 2009 to July 2013 was minister of Regional Integration and International Co-operation. In 2005-2011 was Deputy Secretary General of MDC-M. [3]

Current Political Position

Member of the National Assembly Started 2013 for Matebeleland South

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