Grace Kwinjeh throws hat in ring for parliamentary elections

Grace Kwinjeh sets her sites on being an MP

By Tichaona Sibanda
02 January 2013

Grace Kwinjeh, a veteran MDC-T activist who was last year honoured for coming up with the name ‘Movement for Democratic Change,’ has announced her intention to contest this year’s parliamentary elections.

The 38 year-old Kwinjeh told SW Radio Africa on Wednesday she will be returning to Zimbabwe this month to take part in the internal party processes to choose candidates for elections, expected between June and August.

A fierce critic of the Robert Mugabe regime Kwinjeh has lived in exile in Brussels, Belgium for the past three years. She has been arrested several times on various trumped-up charges and has been held in solitary confinement.

She was also one of the high profile civic and political leaders brutally tortured on March 11, 2007 in Harare. Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai was one of those tortured at this time and shocking images of this brutality circled round the world.

After being tortured Kwinjeh and the others were hidden and held illegally for almost 72 hours in various police stations. They were denied access to lawyers and medical care, even though they all had serious injuries, including head traumas and broken bones.

Kwinjeh failed to contest the 2008 elections as she was still recovering from wounds inflicted during the torture.

‘I’m going back home to fulfil a dream and that is to represent people in parliament. I have received numerous offers from different groups to represent them but for now my mind is set on Makoni Central,’ Kwinjeh said.

The Makoni Central constituency is held by the MDC-T but the MP, John Nyamande, died in a horrific car crash in November 2009. Nyamande had wrestled the seat from ZANU PF’s Patrick Chinamasa in the 2008 elections.

There are prospects that if Kwinjeh manages to sail through the party primaries she might face Justice Minister Chinamasa in the parliamentary elections.

‘I’m a child of the party and I do not want any preferential treatment. I want to go there and take part in the internal process because I don’t want to be imposed on the people. We are a democratic party and people should have an opportunity to choose their representatives,’ she said.

Kwinjeh, a journalist by profession, is a founder member of the MDC and has served as deputy secretary for international affairs. She said she has decided to give it a go because of key issues that need to be addressed in the country.

‘Being a party committed to social justice I believe a new government led by the MDC-T will advocate for an inclusive society in which everybody has a chance in life,’ she explained.

7 Responsesto “Grace Kwinjeh throws hat in ring for parliamentary elections”

  1. Anonymous says:

    Well come back home Kwinjeh . It is a sure case that no one in MDC(T) would contest you in this consitituency. It is a sure case again that it is going to be a walkover on Patrick Chinamasa since he is now old and useless to our country. Come back and all our arms are open to well come you. MDC(T) is your home for ever and ever AMen!

  2. A Daniel has come to face the lions at last! This is who should lead us out of the mire we’re in.

  3. Yepec says:

    Quality people are never too many. Welcome back, Grace Kwinjeh. The struggle to uplift the lives of Zimbabweans awaits you while beckoning. Praise singers, looters and pretenders will never again find a hiding place in the society.

  4. Gandangaville says:

    She can come and our ZANU young Turks will wallop her at the polls… Just wait and see, you sell outs. People died for this country, and puppets like Kwinjeh want to give it back to Rhodies. Indaa so? Hmmm?

  5. Honey Dub says:

    Gandanga urimbwa… Satani wemunhu.

  6. shumbachikara says:

    she is going to win,wait and see

  7. A potential future president

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