MDC-T Harare province proportional representation MP, Ronia Bunjira has died.
Party spokesperson Obert Gutu confirmed the death of the opposition lawmaker at Harare’s West End Hospital on Saturday afternoon.
Bunjira, whose age could not be readily ascertained, had been battling cancer.
“The MDC would like to express its deepest condolences on the untimely passing on of our Harare Province Women Assembly chairlady, Hon. Ronia Bunjira,” Gutu said in a statement.
“Hon. Bunjira will be remembered for her selfless and tireless work in making sure that MDC remained strong, united, unshakeable and focused.
“We mourn the sad passing on of a gallant and fearless fighter for the total and unconditional emancipation of all Zimbabweans, particularly women.”
Bunjira’s most memorable moments in parliament include last year when she was among three female MPs who started a bench boycott by female MPs who sat on the legislative chamber’s floor demanding more commitment by government to safely bring home over 200 local women trafficked to Kuwait where they were being abused.
She was last year also the target of a foul remark by Gokwe-Nembudziya legislator Mayor Justice Wadyajena who shouted during one of the house’s sittings to cover her bald head with a wig.
The remarks invited immediate protests by another female legislator Priscilla Misihairabwi-Mushonga who described them as “sexist and abusive”.
Speaker of the national assembly Jacob Mudenda ordered Wadyajena to withdraw but Vice President Emmerson Mnangagwa supported his ally saying MPs must be taught on what to wear and how to dress.
Bunjira was also among some six MDC-T MPs who were last September arrested and detained in Harare’s Waterfalls suburb after they joined several party activists to stage a march to demand electoral reforms.
“Bunjira will be sadly missed and in this very difficult and trying moment,” Gutu said of the now late party legislator.
“We urge all our cadres to remain united to ensure that Hon. Bunjira’s dream and vision for a new democratic Zimbabwe is realized sooner rather than later.”
Mourners are gathered at number 15 Mubvee Road, Mufakose, Harare.
Burial arrangements will be announced in due course.