Today 7 October 2020 marks a turning point in one of the most colourful and youthful political careers in modern Zimbabwe when Yvonne Musarurwa will be sworn in as a Proportional Representative Member of Parliament.
This is a far cry from June 2011, when Musarurwa together with several other MDC-T members was arrested for the murder of Police Inspector Petros Mutedzi during an MDC-T rally at Glen View 3 Shopping Center on 28 May 2011. Mutedzi had been trying to disperse the apparently unsanctioned political gathering. He was allegedly attacked by the MDC-T youths, and stoned him to death. A total of 29 members were eventually arrested in the weeks that followed.
On 12 December 2016, Musarurwa along with Tungamirai Madzokere and Last Maengahama, was convicted of the murder charge. They were sentenced to 20 years in prison each. She was however freed in March 2018 under a Presidential Amnesty granted to 3,000 prisoners. She refused to celebrate her freedom whilst her comrades were still incarcerated. “However, I don’t know what is happening to my two other co-accused. I don’t know their fate as yet and my joy is not so satisfactory. It would be a different story if they were outside,” she said outside the gates of the notorious Chikurubi Prison.
Musarurwa, popularly known as Vovo within the political circles, was born in December 1986 in a political family and her father was one of the pioneer MDC councillors in the City of Harare. That passion for justice saw the young Musarurwa develop into a political activist at a young age.
Her quest for a free and just Zimbabwe has, however, come at personal cost to her. She was once kidnapped and severely assaulted by ZANU PF youths led by Jim Kunaka in June 2008. ZANU PF went on rampant to systematically attack MDC leaders after it had lost the election. After the kidnapping, Musarurwa was brutally tortured and left by the roadside in Budiriro, after the Kunaka gang thought she had died. She was to be picked up by a team led Elias Mudzuri and the late Mrs Susan Tsvangirayi organised for her to be airlifted to Botswana for emergency treatment. She recovered after numerous and painful procedures.
A devout Adventist, Musarurwa is an also a passionate Constitutionalist. It is this belief in following the Constitution that saw her openly criticising and ultimately left the MDC Alliance after its leader Nelson Chamisa grabbed power whilst Tsvangirayi was on his death bed and refusing to hold an Extra Ordinary Congress as per Party Constitution. Vovo has institutional memory of the party at the tip of her tongue
Hon Musarurwa is currently taking courses in Social Studies and hopes to use her voice in the August House to raise matters that affect Youths and Women.