Her Zimbabwe spoke to 25-year-old Varaidzo Mupunga, a female candidate under the ZANU-PF party, vying for the position of MP in the Harare West constituency in the upcoming elections.
With just over a week before millions of Zimbabweans cast their vote, we wanted to learn more about Mupunga who, at 25, is one of the youngest electoral competitors for 2013.
Interestingly, she runs against Deputy Minister of Women’s Affairs, Gender and Community Development, Jessie Majome, who in 1999 – aged 28 – became the youngest female commissioner in the Constitutional Commission.
Says Mupunga of Majome (in this interview),
“I believe she [Majome] has not done enough. And that enough can only be done by somebody who is younger. Because she started the race when she was young. And I am starting the race young.”
We also talked to Mupunga about claims made about her involvement in Chipangano, her views on the preparedness of the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (ZEC) for the elections, the new parliamentary quotas for women’s representation made as part of the new constitution, as well as many other issues.