Fadzayi Mahere

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Fadzayi Mahere
Fadzayi Mahere.jpg
Born (1985-07-30) 30 July 1985 (age 35)
Alma materLL.B.University of Zimbabwe
LL.M. University of Cambridge
OccupationLawyer and politician
Political partyMovement for Democratic Change[1]

Fadzayi Mahere (born 30 July 1985) is a prominent Zimbabwean lawyer and politician. After a career in legal advocacy, she emerged around April 2016 as a politician in the mass movement of activists rising against the government and has been arrested several times as a result.[2]

Early life and education[edit]

Fadzayi Mahere grew up in Mount Pleasant, Harare, and attended Arundel School.[3]

She enrolled in 2004 at the University of Zimbabwe, where she obtained a Bachelor of Law Honours degree (LLB Hons) in 2008. In 2010 she enrolled at the University of Cambridge for a Master of Laws degree in International Criminal Law & International Commercial Litigation, before graduating in 2011.[4][5]


In June 2016, Advocate Mahere participated in the Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe public inquisition on the printing and introduction of additional bond notes in 2016.[6] At the event, Mahere highlighted that the bond notes were unconstitutional, according to Chapter 17 of the Constitution, on public finance.

Also in 2016, as part of the activist movement #thisflagmovement, she began motivating and mobilising people, using mainly social media channels such as Facebook Live and Twitter to rise against the government.[7]

In 2017 she announced her bid to represent Mt Pleasant in the 2018 elections as an independent candidate. She was arrested in 2017 after organising a soccer tournament in her constituency and was charged under the Public Order and Security Act (POSA).[8]

In June 2019 she officially joined the party Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) as the Secretary for Education.[1] In May 2020 she was announced as the National Spokesperson for the MDC-Alliance.[9] She did sterling and notable work calling out corruption and holding administrative authorities in Zimbabwe accountable.[2]

Notable achievements[edit]

Mahere was part of the Lead Counsel (Zimbabwe) team that won the All Africa International Humanitarian Law Moot Court Competition in Arusha, Tanzania, in 2007 and was awarded Best Oral Argument in the Finals.[10]

External links[edit]


  1. ^ a b "Fadzayi Mahere officially joins MDC". nehandaradio.com. 2019-06-19. Retrieved 2019-06-19.
  2. ^ a b "Fadzai Mahere". www.giraffe.org. Retrieved 2020-07-02.
  3. ^ Zvorufura, Faith (2017-12-01). "#16DaysofActivism: Profiling Fadzai Mahere". 263 Chat.
  4. ^ "Fadzayi Mahere - Mt Pleasant Independent Candidate". Povo News. 2017-07-30. Retrieved 2018-03-10.
  5. ^ Murwira, Shorai (2018-03-08). "Africa: 10 Inspirational Women You Might Want to Know". 263Chat. Harare. Retrieved 2018-03-10.
  6. ^ "Citizens grill RBZ boss on bond notes". www.newzimbabwe.com. 2018-02-17. Retrieved 2020-01-08.
  7. ^ Gukurume, Simbarashe (2017-11-06). "Young female political activists and the struggle for democracy in Zimbabwe". Democracy in Africa. Retrieved 2018-03-07.
  8. ^ Manayiti, Obey (2017-10-29). "Fadzayi Mahere arrested". The Standard. Retrieved 2018-03-07.
  9. ^ Vinga, Alois (2020-05-28). "Chamisa appoints Mahere spokesperson in MDC mini reshuffle". NewZimbabwe.com. Retrieved 2020-07-02.
  10. ^ "UZ wins 2010 Law Moot Court competition - NewsDay Zimbabwe". www.newsday.co.zw. 2010-11-01. Retrieved 2018-03-10.