Anna Mghwira was born on January 23, 1959 at Mungumaji Ward in Singida. Her father was a councillor through Tanu.
Ms Mghwira joined Nyerere Primary School from 1968 to 1974. She went to Ihanja Secondary School from 1975 to 1978 before joining Lutheran Seminary for her advanced level secondary education from 1979 to 1981.
She attained a Bachelor Degree in Theology from Tumaini University in 1986 before joining the University of Dar es Salaam, where she attained LLB in 1986.
She went to Essex University in England, where she attained a Master’s Degree in Law (LLM) in 2000. Ms Mghwira has worked for international and local organisations dealing with women’s empowerment, community development and refugees.
Her political journey started during the Tanu era, when she was a member of the party’s youth league. But she reduced her participation in politics in the late 1970s so that she could concentrate on her education career and family.
She returned to active politics in 2009, when she joined Chadema. Ms Mghwira held various positions like the party’s district secretary and later party’s district chairwoman.
In March this year, she left Chadema for the newly formed ACT-Wazalendo, where she was later nominated the party’s national chairwoman during the party’s first general congress.
This is not the first time that Ms Mghwira is eyeing an elective post in her political career. In 2012, she lost to Mr Joshua Nassari in the Chadema nomination for the Arumeru East constituency by-election. She has also unsuccessfully run for the East Africa Legislative Assembly seat.