In 2008 we met the now 34 year old Councillor Precious Mufahore, she had just been elected as a Councillor for ward 16 under the MDC-T party. Her journey, like that faced by many women politicians has been bumpy.
She faced a double edged jeopardy of being a woman and being young. Having started her political carrier at 28, Councillor Mufahore did not let her age or sex hinder her. She worked tirelessly and participated in the our capacity building initiatives for elected female leaders, she learnt about lobbying, maintaining relationships with the constituents, grooming, leadership skills as well as knowledge on the 50/50 campaign. We have seen her grow in her role as a leader and from the time she started her term in 2008, Councillor Mufahore has embarked on a number of initiatives including giving aid to the elderly in her community by distributing food, mealie meal, blankets, beans etc. After a successful term she contested again in the 2013 elections and won resoundingly. She participated in WIPSU candidates training workshops to improve campaign strategies as well as induction meetings after the elections.
Following her re-election, Councillor Mufahore was nominated to be the council chairperson, a move that she describes as ‘fulfilling’, and went on to be elected Norton Town Council chairperson. She is exploring the new challenge with much vigour and energy. While she says it’s a big responsibility juggling being the chairperson and also councillor for her ward, she believes that she will make it worthwhile.
Today Councillor Mufahore is in also acting as the national executive in the youth assembly and also national representative of the 12 Chitungwiza districts in her political party. Her involvement with us also extends to the young women project that is currently running as she is one of the target beneficiaries for grooming and mentorship for future leadership positioning. She applauds women leadership because as a woman people from her ward especially women are free to come and air their problems to her without any fear and she feels proud to assist anytime. She believes in fair treatment of people as they are the same people who can voted for her in power.