Former MP Jessie Majome sworn in as Zimbabwe Human Rights Commission Chairperson


HARARE – Fungayi Jessie Majome, former Harare West MDC-T MP, was sworn in today as the chairperson of the Zimbabwe Human Rights Commission (ZHRC) at a ceremony presided over by the President at State House. 

Jessie Majome appointed Zimbabwe Human Rights Commission chairperson
Jessie Majome taking an oath at State House today.

Her appointment by President Emmerson Mnangagwa yesterday comes under Subsection 1 (a) of Section 242 of the Constitution of Zimbabwe. 

Majome, a holder of a Bachelor of Laws, Post Graduate Diploma in Women’s Law, and a Master of Laws in Constitutional Law, Development Law, Human Rights Law and Administrative Law, brings a wealth of experience to her new role. 

She has served in key policy-level positions, including deputy minister in the Women’s Affairs, Gender and Community Development ministry and deputy minister of Justice, Legal and Parliamentary Affairs. 

Majome succeeds Elasto Hilarious Mugwadi as the chairperson of the ZHRC.

Jessie Majome, a pioneer of female emancipation, has been a notable participant in Zimbabwe's political landscape. 

Her political journey began at a young age, marked by her vocal stand against injustice. 

Majome's passion for change led her to form the Gender Forum at the University of Zimbabwe, aimed at combating sexual harassment. 

She later became the youngest female commissioner in the National Constitutional Commission and the National Spokesperson of the National Constitutional Assembly.

Majome's political career was not without struggles. She faced significant obstacles, including being dismissed from her position as Councillor Ward 1 and Chairperson of Hwange Local Board. 

As a member of the Movement for Democratic Change (MDC), Majome made important strides in promoting gender equality. 

She pushed for the ratification of the SADC protocol on parliament, gender, and development, and lobbied for gender parity within her party. 

However, she also faced resistance within her party, leading to her decision to run as an independent.

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