Born Thabitha Khumalo, on 23 June 1961 in Bulawayo, Bulawayo Metropolitan Province in Zimbabwe, attended Gampu and Lotshe Primary Schools, Njube and Northley High Schools. She did Para-Legal studies. She also holds several certificates and qualifications in various fields of study. A dedicated and astute defender of constitutionalism, democracy and the rule of law, Thabitha Khumalo has risen in the ranks of the main opposition of the main opposition party in Zimbabwe, the MDC and continues to make headlines.
CAREER IN GENERAL:
She joined politics in the 1970s and was once the Chairperson of the PF – ZAPU Youth League in Bulawayo. Hon. Khumalo is a founder member of the MDC political party and has risen through the party ranks to become the National Deputy Secretary of Information and Publicity and a Member of the Information and Publicity Committee in the party.
In 1983, Hon. Khumalo joined the labour movement the Zimbabwe Congress of Trade Unions (ZCTU) and has held several positions in the union.
She was once the Western Regional Secretary in the ZCTU before becoming the ZCTU’s Women Advisory Council Secretary. She is a renowned Human Rights defender and was once the National Deputy Chairperson of Civic Society Organization, Crisis Coalition of Zimbabwe and the Gender Chairperson for the National Constitutional Assembly (NCA).
Hon. Khumalo was a member of the Joint Monitoring and Implementation Committee (JOMIC), which was established with the advent of the Global Political Agreement.
On election to Parliament, Thabitha Khumalo was appointed member of the SADC Parliamentary Forum where she chaired the Standing Committee on HIV and AIDS.
In 2011, she was appointed to the Inter – Parliamentary Union (IPU) Advisory group on HIV and AIDS and Maternal, Newborn and Child Health and she was the Vice – Chair of the Advisory Group until 2015.
In the IPU Advisory Group and at home (both in Parliament and in the Constituency), Hon. Khumalo has championed the rights of children and women as well as the disadvantaged. She has tabled and contributed to several motions to do with women and children’s rights in the National Assembly and at the SADC parliamentary Forum.
Hon. Khumalo has travelled the world over and has been recognized by various international organizations and conferences that continue to have her as a speaker / panelist in women, children and health matters.
Thabitha Khumalo was also active in the Parliament Select Committee on the new Constitution (COPAC) that was responsible for crafting a new Constitution under the Zimbabwe Government of National Unity (GNU).
Hon. Khumalo served in the Committee on Standing Rules and Orders (SROC) which is the supreme decision making body of Parliament.
She served as Member of the National of Assembly for Bulawayo East Constituency from 2000 to 2018 when she ceded the seat to contest under the proportional representation as a way of promoting youths in her party.
Thabitha is a serving Member of the board of the Health Economics and HIV/AIDS Research Division (HEARD) as a result of her vast knowledge in Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights, Gender Equality and Health, Health Governance and Finance and Health Systems Strengthening.
In the 9th Parliament of Zimbabwe, Thabitha Khumalo was assigned to serve as the Leader of Opposition in the National Assembly of Zimbabwe. She is also the MDC – A National Chairperson.