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Members of the Select Committee
The select committee is made up of 25 members appointed by the committee on standing rules and orders which is the governing body of parliament of Zimbabwe.  These members come from the three political parties represented in parliament, and they are: ZANU PF, MDC-T and MDC.

Select Committee Responsibilities
In terms of the Inter-Party Political Agreement, the Select Committee shall have the following terms of reference;
• To set up such subcommittees chaired by a Member of Parliament and composed of Members of Parliament and representatives of Civil Society as may be necessary to assist the Select Committee in performing its mandate herein;
• To hold such public hearings and such consultations as it may deem necessary in the process of public consultation over the making of a new Constitution for Zimbabwe;
• To convene an All Stakeholders Conference to consult stakeholders on their representation in the sub-committees referred to above and such related matters as may assist the committee in its works;
• To table its draft Constitution to a 2nd All Stakeholders Conference; and
• To report to Parliament on its recommendations over the content of a New Constitution for Zimbabwe.


Select Committee Member Profiles:

Hon Flora Buka | Hon. Amos Chibaya | Hon. Chief Fortune Charumbira | Hon. Walter Chidakwa | Hon. Gift Chimanikire | Hon. Lazarus Dokora | Hon. David Coltart | Hon. Believe Gaule | Hon. Joram Gumbo | Hon. Iain Kay | Hon. Martin Khumalo | Hon. Jessie Majome | Hon. Cephas Makuyana | Hon. Munyaradzi Paul Mangwana | Hon. Editor Matamisa | Hon. Governor Thokozile Mathuthu | Hon. Edward Mkhosi | Hon. Tambudzani Mohadi | Hon. Dr Olivia Muchena | Hon. Rorana Muchihwa | Hon. Monica Mutsvangwa | Hon Douglas Mwonzora | Hon. Innocent Gonese | Hon. Brian Tshuma

 


Hon Flora Buka
Hon. Buka was born on 25 February 1968. She represents Gokwe-Nembudziya Constituency in the House of Assembly on a ZANU PF ticket. She did her secondary education at Loreto High School (1982-1985) and proceeded to St. Anthony`s High School for her ‘A’ levels (1986-1987). She attained a B.A. General Degree from the University of Zimbabwe (UZ) in 1990. In 1988, she was co-opted into Nyanje Youth District as Secretary for Administration after being identified as an active youth in the Gokwe University Students Association, an organization  which sourced donations for schools and carried out research on socio-economic issues in Gokwe. She was elected Provincial Deputy Secretary for Transport and Welfare in the Youth League in 1993. In 1998 she was elected Provincial Secretary for the Commissariat in the Women`s League. She was appointed Constitutional Commissioner during the Constitutional Reform Process in 1999. She was also appointed to the Central Committee in 2001. She became National Secretary for Gender and Culture in the Women`s League in 2004.

She was elected Member of Parliament for Gokwe East in 2000,  and was subsequently appointed Minister of State in the Office of the Vice President, responsible for the  Land Reform Programme. She became the Chairperson of the Zimbabwe Women`s Caucus in 2001, an Executive Member of SADC Regional Women`s Caucus in 2002 and an Executive Member of the SADC Parliamentary Forum in 2004. In the March 2005 elections she retained her constituency and was subsequently appointed Minister of State for Special Affairs,  responsible for the Land and Resettlement Programme. She was re-elected into the House of Assembly during the March 2008 elections to represent Gokwe-Nembudziya constituency , and was appointed Minister of State in the Vice President’s office. Hon Buka is a single parent with two children.


Hon. Amos Chibaya
Hon. Amos Chibaya was born on the 19th of May 1978. He attained ‘O’ and ‘A’ level qualifications and trained in Paralegal (labour laws). He is a businessman with businesses in Chivi. He is a founder member of MDC and served as the National Representative for five years representing Midlands Province.

He is currently the Vice Chairperson for Youth. He was elected Member of the House of Assembly for Mkoba constituency in 2005 , and was re-elected in 2008.  He is studying towards a degree in Local Governance with the Midlands State University (MSU). He is a member of the Portfolio Committee on Public Service, Labour and Social Welfare and also a member of Youth, Gender and Women's Affairs Committee. He has served in these committees since 2005. He also observed the South African elections under SADC in April 2009. Hon Chibaya is married.


Hon.  Chief Fortune Charumbira
Chief Fortune Zephania Charumbira was born on 10 June, 1962. He is the President of the Chiefs’ Council and is a member of ZANU PF. He attained the Institute of Personnel Management Diploma (Zimbabwe), ICS, IT PIP Diploma, Bachelor of Science Honours in Politics and Administration from the University of Zimbabwe and the  Master of Business Administration degree.

In 1985 he was Personnel Administrator for Four Way Investments Company.  In 1988 he was elected Vice President of the Student Representative Council of the University of Zimbabwe.  In 1989 he worked for the Ministry of Public Service as an Industrial Relations Officer.  In April 1991 he was appointed Traditional Chief.  In April 1992 he served as Human Resources and Administration Manager for Philips International PLC.  In May 1993 he moved to MBB (Pvt) Ltd to work as Human Resources Consultant.  He was elected councillor for Ward 12, Masvingo Rural District Council in 1993.  Between June 1995 and January 1998 he worked as Managing Consultant for Coopers and Lybrand.  From 1988 to April 2000, he was the Divisional Manager,  Organisation Development and Human Resources for KPMG Zimbabwe. Between May and December 2000 he worked for the World Bank as an Institutional Change Specialist. He worked in collaboration with numerous international organisations in the areas of institutional development and change management.

In 2000 he was elected by the Chiefs’ Council to represent Masvingo provincial chiefs as Member of Parliament. He was subsequently appointed Deputy Minister of Local Government, Public Works and National Housing. He was elected President of the Chiefs’ Council and senator in 2005.  He was re-elected  to the same in the March, 2008 elections. Chief Charumbira is married to Priscillar.


Hon. Walter Chidakwa: Chairperson – Budget and Finance Sub Committee
Hon. Walter Chidakwa was born on the 5th of January, 1963 at Lomagundi. He represents Zvimba South Constituency in the House of Assembly on a ZANU PF ticket. He did his primary education at Kutama Day School and secondary education at Kutama Secondary School. He then attained an MSc in Political Economy from Sofia in Bulgaria, an MSc in International Relations from the University of Zimbabwe and a Diploma in National Economic Management from Sofia in Bulgaria. He also did a course in establishment of export processing zones.

Hon. Chidakwa joined the Liberation struggle in 1978. He holds a position in ZANU PF at District level. He also worked as an Administrative officer in the Ministry of Finance from 1991 to 1993, and as a Chief Executive Officer of EPZ Authority from 1996 to 2007. He was elected Member of the House of Assembly during the 2008 elections. He has an interest in economic affairs. Hon. Chidakwa  is married and has three children.


Hon. Gift Chimanikire: Chairperson - Human Resources Sub-Committee
Hon. Chimanikire was born on 23 April, 1955. He represents Southerton Constituency in the House of Assembly on an MDC T ticket. He attained the Institute of Personnel Management Diploma (Zimbabwe), Ordinary National Diploma in Applied Science (UK), Mining Engineering Diploma from Tuzla University, Yugoslavia, Certificate in International Comparative Industrial Relations (UK), Certificate in Urban Community Development through Co-operatives from Bert College, Israel and a Certificate in Leadership in Development Managing Political Economic Reform from Harvard University. He is currently studying  for the Chartered Institute of Secretaries (CIS), Part B.

In 1974 he was the District Secretary for the People’s Movement in Chinhoyi. He was appointed Publicity and Information Secretary for ZANU PF, in Brighton in 1979. In 1982 he became the District Chairman for ZANU PF in Chitungwiza (Unit A). He was a founding member of the MDC in 1999 , and he was appointed the Interim Committee Deputy Secretary General. In 2000, he was appointed MDC Deputy Secretary General, a position he held until March 2006. He was elected Member of Parliament (Mbare Constituency) in March 2005 and he also served on the Local Government Committee. Currently he is MDC National Council Member and also the Chairman of Media, Communication and Information Technology Portfolio Committee (Parliament of Zimbabwe).


Hon. Lazarus Dokora: Chairperson Stakeholders Sub-Committee
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Hon. David Coltart
Hon. Coltart holds a BA (Law) Degree from the University of Cape Town and a Bachelor of Laws (LLB) from the same University. He was conscripted into the Rhodesian British South African Police force and served in Mashonaland, Matabeleland South and Masvingo Provinces.

He was appointed the chairperson of the Legal Committee for the Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) party in September, 1999. He is a member of the Legal Committee of the National Constitutional Assembly (NCA).  He is a board member of ZIMRIGHTS and the Central and Southern Africa Legal Assistance Foundation.  He is a senior partner in Webb Low and Barry Legal Practitioners.

In 2000 he was elected Member of Parliament for Bulawayo South Constituency and was re-elected to the same in 2005.  He was elected senator for Khumalo Constituency in Bulawayo in the March 2008 elections and was appointed Minister of Education, Sport and Culture.


Hon. Believe Gaule
Hon. Gaule was born on 9 March 1964 in Chiredzi. He was educated up to ‘A’ level.  He  acquired an Associated Teacher Programme certificate, ATP.  He is a trained farmer. He did his primary education at Stockle Primary School in Chiredzi.  He later transferred to Tsholotsho where he continued with his primary education,  which he completed at Bayane Primary School.In 1981, he enrolled for form one at Dhlamini Secondary School in Tsholotsho , and later transferred to Sabukhazi High school in Bulawayo where he completed his 'O' Levels. He then went on to study for his 'A' Level with the Speciss College in Bulawayo.

After the Unity Accord between ZAPU and ZANU PF in 1987, he was elected ZANU PF Youth Chairperson for Dhlamini District. In 1994 he was elected youth chairperson for Tshilotshona. He was elected ZANU PF DCC Secretary for Administration for Tsholotsho in 2001. In 2002 he was elected Councillor for Ward 2 in Tsholotsho. He was ZAPU Youth Wing chairperson, ZANU youth wing chairperson, ZANU PF DCC Chairperson for Tsholotsho and in the 2008 General Elections he was elected Senator for Tsholotsho on an MDC ticket. He is also a member of the Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU).


Hon. Joram Gumbo
Hon. Gumbo was born on 10 May, 1949 in Mberengwa. He attended Mavorovondo School from 1957 to 1964 and attained his Standard Six.  He then went to  Chegato High School from 1965 to 1968 and attained C.S.C qualification, then to  Ranche House College from 1969 to 1970 where he attained ‘A’ Level. He then attended the  University of Rhodesia (1971 – 1972) for a Bachelor of Administration Degree, Harare Polytechnic (1974 – 1975) for C.I.S. Part A, The Hague (Netherlands, 1985) for the International Diploma in Local Government Administration, and the Christian College (1991) for the  L.C.C.I. Diploma.

He also studied with  UNISA (1994 – 1998) for a B.A. Com, with the  Midlands State University (2003 – 2004) for an M.B.A. and the  Zimbabwe Open University (current) for a PHD. Hon. Gumbo also attained several leadership and management certificates in various disciplines. He has been a member of  regional and international organizations such as the Pan African Parliament (MP) from 2003 to date and the  Inter-Parliamentary Union for ten years.  He has  held the following political posts :  Provincial Secretary  for the People’s Movement (1973 – 1978) for Mashonaland East Province;

ZANU PF Secretary for Transport (1979 – 1985) for Parirenyatwa District (Harare); District Chairman (1986 – 1987) for Chakaeva District – Mberengwa, Midlands Province; Provincial Youth Treasurer (1987) for Midlands Province; ZANU PF Central Committee Member (1987 – 1994); Provincial Vice Chairman (1994 – 1995) for Midlands Province; Provincial Secretary for Administration (1995 – 2000) for Midlands Province; Member of the ZANU (PF) Central Committee (2000 to date).

He was elected to represent Mberengwa Constituency (Midlands) in 1995, and  was re-elected in 2000, 2005 and in 2008 to the same office.  He was appointed Government Chief Whip in the House of Assembly from 2000 to 2008. He was chairman of the Liaison and Co-ordination Committee and Chairman of the Ad-hoc Committee on Insider Trading.  He has been a member of the following: Standing Rules and Orders Committee, Public Accounts Committee; Library Committee, Ad-hoc Committee on the City of Harare; Ad-hoc Committee on ZBC; Portfolio Committee on Industry and International Trade; Portfolio Committee on Justice, Legal and Parliamentary Affairs; Portfolio Committee on Budget and Finance and Economic Development. He has an interest in labour issues, local governance, finance/accounts issues and in politics and administration. He is married.


Hon. Iain Kay
Hon. Kay was born on 3 August 1949 in Harare. He did his ‘O’ level at Peterhouse and he attained a Diploma in Agriculture from Gwebi College. He was a member of ZUD in 1997. He then joined the MDC in 1999. He was a farmer from 1969 to 2002. He then went into consultancy from 2003 to 2008. He was elected Member of the House of Assembly in 2008.

He is interested in agriculture and rural development, education, sports and culture. He is married with four children.


Hon. Martin Khumalo
Hon. Khumalo was born on 14 December 1965 in Lupane. He did ‘O’ Level and trained as a teacher at Gwanda ZINTEC. He worked for the Ministry of Education as a teacher for seven years and also worked for the Department of Social Welfare as an Assistant Social Welfare Officer.  Hon. Khumalo was a ZANU PF Councillor for two terms and also Council Chairman for Kusile RDC. He was elected Member of Parliament for Lupane Constituency in 2004 and in 2008. He is currently the DCC Chairman for Lupane District.


Hon. Jessie Majome – Chairperson – Information and Publicity
Hon. Majome was born at Harare Hospital on the 20th of December 1971. She was educated at Gokomere, Mucheke and Alfred Beit Primary Schools, and Goromonzi and Gokomere High Schools. She holds the following qualifications:  Masters of Law Degree (LLM) specialising in Constitutional Law with UNISA; Masters Degree in Women’s Law (MSWL) with the  University of Zimbabwe specialising in Constituional Law; Bachelor of Laws Degree (LLBS) with the University of Zimbabwe and the  Post Graduate Diploma in Women’s Law (MSWL) with the University of Zimbabwe. She has been a member of the  MDC National Executive from 2005  to date,as well as  MDC Deputy Secretary for Legal and Parliamentary Affairs. She was appointed member of the Costitutional Commission in 2000.

She has worked for, and has been a member of numerous Civil Society Organizations and Human Rights and Law Development. She was elected Councillor and Chairperson for Hwange Local Board in 2003. She was N.C.A. Spokesperson and National Task Force Member from 2003 to 2005. Honourable Majome was a consultant for UNIFEM Sudan on Gender Justice in 2006. She was elected to  the House of Assembly during the March 2008 elections to represent Harare West Constituency on an MDC-T ticket, and subsequently appointed Deputy Minister of Justice and Legal Affairs. She is now the Deputy Minister of Women’s Affairs, Gender and Community Development. She is particularly interested in human rights issues, women’s rights and in public finances. She is a member of the Catholic Commission for Justice and Peace of the church of the Holy Name Mabelreign. She is a mother of two boys.


Hon. Cephas Makuyana
Hon. Makuyana was born on 4 April, 1954 in Bikita, Masvingo. He did Standard 6 in 1969.  He was involved in labour representations, workers’ committees guidelines, trade unionism, Labour Relations Act, collective bargaining, public relations, health and safety, AIDS counselling, formation of trade unions, and  formation of national employment councils in industry and commerce. He was a youth activist for ZANU and ZAPU from 1974 to 1980.  He held the following positions:  ZANU PF Branch Chairperson, Publicity and Information up to 1985.

He helped freedom fighters by providing them with clothing during the war.  He participated in the formation of MDC from 1998 to 1999.  He was first chairperson for Harare Province and National Executive member. He later became Deputy Secretary for Labour. He was a trade unionist dealing with issues of collective bargaining and  national employment councils.  He was president of the Food and Beverages Unions.  He was also ZCTU Workers’ Day chairperson/master of ceremony, ZCTU Harare District chairperson, and ZCTU regional chairman for Harare, Marondera, Norton and Chinhoyi. He was elected Mvurachena senator on an MDC ticket during the March 2008 elections. He is interested in industry and commerce, labour and social welfare, health and safety and in tourism issues. He is married with children.


Hon. Munyaradzi Paul Mangwana: Co-Chairperson
Hon. Mangwana was born on 10 August , 1961 in Masvingo. He attended Mangwana Primary and Gokomere High Schools for his primary and higher education.  He holds a BL (Hons) and LLB Degrees from the University of Zimbabwe. He is currently a Central Committee Member of ZANU PF. He served the Government as Minister since 2000 in the following portfolios: 2000 – 2001 as Deputy Minister of Transport and Communication, 2001 – 2002 as Deputy Minister of Justice, Legal and Parliamentary Affairs, 2002 – 2003 as Deputy Minister of State Enterprises and Parastatals, 2003 – 2005 as  Minister of Public Service, Labour and Social Welfare,2005- 2006 as Minister of Anti-Corruption and Anti-Monopolies,2006 – 2007 as Minister of Information, and from 2008 – 2009 as Minister of Indegenization and Empowerment.

He also represented Zimbabwe in the following International Bodies:  ACPIEU Parliament 2002 – 2006, Africa Parliament 2001 – 2004,  Africa Regional Labour Centre 2004 – 2005, ILO 2004 – 2005, UN Economic and Social Services Committee 2004 – 2005, and the Africa Disability Council 2005 – 2006.  Hon. Mangwana  is a businessman with interests in law, farming, mining, retail and real estate. He is married and has  four children.


Hon. Editor Matamisa
Hon. Matamisa was born on 2 August 1950 in Wedza. She did Standard 6 through to  ‘A’ Level. She holds an MED (EAPPS) Degree and a Master in Educational Administration, Planning and Policy Studies. She joined MDC at its inception. In 2002 she was MDC Candidate for Kadoma Mayoral Elections. She was also a member of the National Women’s Co-ordinating Committee. She was a co - ordinator in 2005 and was elevated to MDC National Executive Member, Deputy Secretary Education, Gender Spokesperson and Local Government Spokesperson in Parliament. She is a teacher by profession. She was elected Member of the House of Assembly on an MDC ticket in 2005 and was re-elected in 2008. She is married with five children.


Hon. Governor Thokozile Mathuthu
Hon. Thokozile Mathuthu was born on 26 March, 1957 in Bulawayo. She is married to Jonathan and lives in Hwange. She  is a good organizer and is a hard - working self starter. She holds a National Diploma in business studies and  is currently studying for a BA,  Media Studies.

She has worked as a temporary teacher, wages clerk, manager designate, district co-ordinator and administration manager for different companies since 1973. In 2001, she became the ZANU PF Politiburo Secretary for Transport and Social Welfare.  She was appointed Matabeleland North Province Governor and Resident Minister in 2005, a position she holds  to date. She was also the Secretary for Transport and Social Welfare in the ZANU PF Women’s League.

Hon. Mathuthu is currently a committee member in the ZANU PF Politburo. In her political career, she actively participated during the Liberation War as a member of the Unarmed Resistance Force. She has risen from housing ZIPRA forces during the Liberation War to holding several positions in the PF ZAPU

Women’s Wing and now to her current position as Governor for Matabeleland  North Province. Hon. Mathuthu is a well – organized and reliable person, possessing a good sense of humour and the ability to communicate comfortably with people at all levels. She works well as a team member.


Hon. Edward Mkhosi: Co-Chairperson
Hon. Mkhosi was born on the 5th of January , 1941. He holds a Social Science Degree majoring in social economic planning. He worked for the Agricultural Rural Development Authority (ARDA) for 12 years as an Agricultural Planner. In the 12 years with ARDA he planned and implemented a livestock project which became known as the Model D Livestock Project, in Matabeleland South in Gwanda.

He is a former ZAPU member (1970 – 1987). He became a member of parliament after joining the MDC at its inception in 1999. While in parliament, he served on the Land, Agriculture and Water Portfolio Committee. While in the party, he served as Deputy Secretary for Land and Agriculture,  a post he holds to this day.  In Parliament he is the current  MDC Chief Whip as well as a member of  the Joint Monitoring and Implementation Committee (JOMIC) of the GPA. He is a co-chairperson of the Select Committee. He is married with four children.


Hon. Tambudzani Mohadi
Hon. Mohadi was born on 2 August 1952. She attended Mtetengwe Primary and Masase High schools.  She attended Esigodini Agricultural Institute from 1985-1987 and obtained a Certificate in Agriculture from the University of South Africa (UNISA).  She also attended  Mananga College in Swaziland in 1998 and obtained  a  certificate in Community Capacity Building and  certificate in Management in Rural Development.  She holds a Certificate in Adult Literacy from ALOS in Bulawayo, UNISA, South Africa and obtained a certificate in community based development and a certificate in environmental education. She is currently studying towards a higher degree in agriculture with UNISA. Hon. Mohadi also holds certificates of attendance in the following areas: entrepreneurship offered by SeedCo, training of trainers, P.S.R.D.T.B, environmental impact assessment, and the reporters course by FAO.

She began her political career in 1974 as Secretary in the Women’s League of PF ZAPU in  Mtetengwe-Beitbridge. She was part of the group that operated underground during the liberation struggle, holding meetings at night and hiding minutes in mealie –meal containers. While staying with her grandparents in Mberengwa she also assisted freedom fighters in the area.  In 1980 she joined others during the campaign and was elected Administrative secretary in the Women’s League of PF ZAPU in the town of Beitbridge . She was elected to the province as treasurer for PF ZAPU. After the Unity Accord in 1987, she was elected ZANU PF Secretary in Dulibadzimu District, Beitbridge.

Between 1990 and 1994 she served as the Deputy Secretary for Production  for ZANU PF. In 1994 she was elected Secretary for Legal Affairs in the Women’s League,  and later that year she was elected Provincial Treasurer for ZANU PF, a post she held up to 2001. She also was elected Provincial Secretary or Administration and relinquished the post when she was elected the Provincial Chairperson for Matabeleland South,  a post she holds to date. She has also held the following posts : adult- literacy teacher at Malala School, Beitbridge from 1981-1982; secondary school teacher of agriculture between 1987-1988; agricultural extension officer between 1988 and 1994 and area officer for  Lutheran World Federation,Beitbridge from 1 February 1994 to date. She was elected senator during the 2005 elections and she was a member of the Mines, Energy, Environment and Tourism Portfolio Committee.  She was re-elected senator during the March 2008 elections on a ZANU PF ticket.

She is interested in agriculture, youth and gender policies as well as industry and international trade issues.  She enjoys studying and is a devoted Christian. She is married with four children.


Hon. Dr Olivia Muchena
Hon. Muchena holds a Diploma in Adult Education (Edinburgh University), Bachelor of Arts (University of Zimbabwe), Master of Science in Extension and Social Change (Cornell University) and a Doctor of Philosophy in Agricultural Education (IOWA State University).

She was a student activist at the then University of Rhodesia between 1968 and 1970. Between 1973 and 1974 she was a ZANU member of the Edinburgh (UK) branch involved in fundraising for the liberation struggle. She was elected Chairperson of ZANU PF branch Rochester-Syracuse and Ithaca cities in New York (USA) in 1977. She was appointed Minister of Science and Technology in 2003. She became the inaugural Minister of Science and Technology in 2005, a position she maintained up to the  2008 elections.

She served as a member of the Association for International Agricultural and Extension Education.  She also served as a member of the Zimbabwe Association of University Women and as a member of the Association of African Women Research and Development. She was elected Member of Parliament for Mutoko South in Mashonaland East from 1995 through to 2007. She retained  her constituency during the 2008 elections on a ZANU PF ticket. Hon. Muchena has been Deputy Minister of Agricultre, Minister of State in Vice President's Office  for Land Reform and Resettlement, Minister of Science and Technology Development and currently Minister of Women's Affairs, Gender and Community Development. She served on the steering committee in the Constitutional Reform Committee of 1999. She has three children.


Hon. Rorana Muchihwa
Hon. Muchihwa was born on the 4th of April 1959 in Guruve. She attended Holy Rosary Primary School in Mvurwi and Magwenya Secondary School in Guruve in 1972. In 1974 she went to Ranch House College and completed a leadership training course. She was War Collaborator from 1977 to 1979. She personally bombed three cars of the Rhodesian soldiers at Gezi Village.

From 1980 - 1983 she was the Political Commissar for Mashonaland Central. In 1983 she left for Mount View Training Centre where she trained in Para-Military and Agriculture and graduated in 1986.  That same year she went back home and trained for tranformation. In 1995 she was appointed chairperson for the Harare Residents Association. In 1998 she was part of the team that formed the MDC Party and was elected Chairperson for  Dzivarasekwa District. In January 2000 she was elected to the post of treasurer for Harare Province. In 2002 she was elected the Chairperson of Harare Province, a post she holds to date.   She was elected into the House of Assembly in March 2008 representing Hwata Constituency on an MDC ticket. In April 2009 she was appointed to the Constitution Select Committee.

She is Vice - chairperson for the Stakeholders Sub-committee of COPAC. She is married with six children and six grandchildren.


Hon. Monica Mutsvangwa
Hon. Mutsvangwa was born on 7 November, 1961 in Mutare. She went to Mutambara for her secondary education. In 1976 she left for Mozambique to join the National Liberation War. She trained at Chimoio. She was deployed in the Maputo Headquarters of ZANU to help with administration, serving the top leadership and the High Command of the Liberation Movement. At independence she was Personal Assistant in the Prime Minister's Office.

Hon. Mutsvangwa  has worked in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs as a diplomat based in Brussels, Belgium.  She also worked as a trade assistant dealing with economic cooperation between the  European Union and the Africa, Caribbean and Pacific Block of countries. She also joined the Alliance Francaise.

In 1985 she was posted to the  Zimbabwe Office of the Permanent Mission of the United Nations in New York. At the same time she studied for a Marketing Degree with Baruch College of the City University of New York. She graduated magna cum laude in 1990.

From 1993 - 1996, she worked as a Commercial Attache at the French Trade Mission in Harare. In 1996 she started a family company , Moncris (Pvt) Ltd to consult for the telecommunications industry. This company pioneered national internet service in Zimbabwe in addition to work with GSM cellular and lotter/gaming industries. In 2002 Hon. Mutsvangwa resumed diplomatic service at ambassadorial level in Beijing, China. She went on to be elected as president of the African Diplomatic Spouses Association which actively networked with the All-China Women's Federation on welfare and related charity work.

In 2005, she completed a Master of Business Administration post-graduate degree with Baruch College of New Jersey, USA. She came back to Zimbabwe in 2007 and ran for political office in the 2008 National Elections. She won the Senate seat for Mutare-Chimanimani Constituency. She chairs the Committee on Indigenization and Empowerment , and  is also a member of the Committee on Human Rights. She is vice co-chairperson of the Constitutional Select Committee. In 2008 she was elected as Treasury-General of the SADC Parliamentary Forum.

 


Hon Douglas Mwonzora: Co-Chairperson
Hon Mwonzora was born on 11 June 1968 in Nyanga and attended Madziva School for primary education, St. Mary Magdalene’s Mission and Goromonzi High Schools for ‘0’ and ‘A’ Levels respectively. He then attained an LLB (Hons) and MBA, both from the University of Zimbabwe.  The Honourable member of Parliament has attended a Special Diplomatic Course organized by Parliament and held the following positions:  National Publicity and Information Secretary for Zimbabwe Unity Movement; Founder member of the (NCA) National Constitutional Assembly and served as its spokesman between 2001 and 2003. He later became its vice chairperson and the chairperson of the Finance and Management Committee.

He is the founding and Senior Partner of Mwonzora and Associates, Legal Practitioners and former Law Lecturer at the Great Zimbabwe and the University of Zimbabwe. In 2008, Honourable Mwonzora was elected Member of the House of Parliament for Nyanga North Constituency on an MDC-T ticket. As member of parliament, he is a member of the  Portfolio Committee on Defence and Home Affairs. He is currently Co-Chairperson for the Parliamentary Select Committee on the New Constitution.

He has particular interest in human rights issues, conflict resolution and constitutionalism. He is married to Muchaneta and together they have three children, Bertha, Bruce and Douglas Togaraseyi (Jnr)


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Hon. Brian Tshuma
Hon. Tshuma was born on 19 December, 1977 in Hwange. He attended St Francis Xavier Primary School before enrolling at Regina Mundi and Chinhoyi High Schools for his secondary education. Hon. Tshuma holds an LLB(s) Degree. He is a Lawyer.

He was elected into the House of Assembly in March 2008 to represent Hwange Central Constituency on an MDC-T ticket. His main areas of interest include foreign affairs, industry and international trade.


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