Fadzayi Mahere practices as an advocate/barrister at the Harare Bar. Her main fields of practice include constitutional law, human rights law and administrative law. She also takes on appellate criminal work and specialised crime. She holds a Masters in International Law from the University of Cambridge and a Bachelor of Laws from the University of Zimbabwe. She has also completed the executive leadership course at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government entitled “Leadership for the 21st Century: Chaos, Conflict and Courage.”

Prior to reading law at Cambridge, Fadzayi worked in the Office of the Prosecutor at the International Criminal Court in the Hague and for the United Nations International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda. She was also awarded a Pegasus Fellowship from the Honourable Society of the Inner Temple in London, which enabled her to work in various Chambers in London, including Essex Court Chambers and Doughty Street Chambers. She has marshalled with Judge Paget QC at the Old Bailey, London’s Oldest Criminal Court in 2010. In addition to her practise as an advocate, Fadzayi lectures Administrative Law and Property Law at the University of Zimbabwe.

In addition to her professional commitments, Fadzayi was the spokesperson and a leading political activist in the #ThisFlag Citizens’ Movement between 2016 and 2017 where she led a political activism campaign against top government officials including the Governor of the Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe and the Ministry of Health. Fadzayi is also an international speaker on African development and recently spoke at the Harvard African Development Conference 2017 and the University of Cape Town Zimbabwe Society. She regularly gives talks at schools on the importance of civic engagement by young people and women’s rights.

She is an aspiring Member of Parliament for Mt Pleasant Constituency where she will contest as an independent candidate in the 2018 election. She is running under the tagline, “Be the Change” and her manifesto centres on three pillars, namely Hope, Accountability and Development.

Fadzayi recently received the Hubert H. Humphrey Distinguished Leader Award and attended the International Leaders’ Program organized by the British Foreign and Commonwealth Office.