Emmerson Mnangagwa

Emmerson Mnangagwa

Minister of the Cabinet of Zimbabwe
Born Sep 15, 1946

Emmerson Dambudzo Mnangagwa is a Zimbabwean politician who has been Minister of Defense since February 2009. He was previously Minister of State Security from 1982 to 1988, then Minister of Justice, Legal and Parliamentary Affairs until 2000; he was Speaker of Parliament from July 2000 to 2005 and Minister of Rural Housing and Social Amenities from April 2005 to February 2009.… Read More

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Learn about the memorable moments in the evolution of Emmerson Mnangagwa.


1946 Birth Born on September 15, 1946.
1955 8 Years Old He completed his early education up to Standard 4 at Lundi Primary School in Mnangagwa Village, Zvishavane, but the repressive political situation forced his family to relocate to Northern Rhodesia in 1955 where he completed Standard 4.
1956 9 Years Old He successfully completed his standard 5 and 6 at Mumbwa Boarding School from 1956–1957 and enrolled at Kafue Trade School for a Building course. … Read More


1960 13 Years Old 1 More Event
With others, he was subsequently expelled from college in 1960 for political activism which led to the burning of some property. … Read More
1961 14 Years Old He was asked by the United National Independence Party to help organise the party at Chililabombwe (Bancroft) until the end of 1961. … Read More
1962 15 Years Old In 1962 he was recruited into Zimbabwe African People's Union (ZAPU) by Willie Musarurwa. … Read More
1963 16 Years Old In August 1963 he and ten of the thirteen cadre members decided to join the newly formed Zimbabwe African National Union (ZANU). … Read More


1977 30 Years Old 1 More Event
At the Chimoio Congress in 1977, he was elected Special Assistant to the President and member of the National Executive for ZANU.
1980 33 Years Old 1 More Event
He participated in the Lancaster House Conference and in January 1980, led the first group of civilian leaders which included Didymus Mutasa and Edson Zvobgo from Maputo to Zimbabwe. … Read More


1988 41 Years Old From 1988 to 2000, he was Minister of Justice, Legal and Parliamentary Affairs and Leader of the House. … Read More
1995 48 Years Old He was appointed Acting Minister of Finance for 15 months from 1995 to 1996 and was also Acting Minister of Foreign Affairs for a short period. … Read More


2000 53 Years Old 1 More Event
Mnangagwa is thought to be one of the most powerful figures in the ruling ZANU-PF party, head of the Joint Operations Command and a leading candidate to succeed Robert Mugabe. He was ZANU-PF's Secretary of Administration from July 2000 to December 2004 and became its Secretary for Legal Affairs in December 2004. On 10 December 2014, President Mugabe appointed Mnangagwa as Vice-President of Zimbabwe. … Read More
2004 57 Years Old On 17 December 2004, he lost his post as Zanu-PF Secretary for Administration and was instead named Secretary for Legal Affairs, in what was considered a demotion. … Read More
2005 58 Years Old In the March 2005 parliamentary election, he was again defeated by Chebundo in Kwekwe, and Mugabe again appointed him to an unelected seat. … Read More


2007 60 Years Old The Zimbabwean government foiled an alleged coup d'état attempt involving almost 400 soldiers and high-ranking members of the military that would have occurred on 2 or 15 June 2007. … Read More
2008 61 Years Old 1 More Event
In the March 2008 parliamentary election, he stood as ZANU-PF's candidate in the new Chirumanzi–Zibagwe rural constituency and won by an overwhelming margin, receiving 9,645 votes against two MDC candidates, Mudavanhu Masendeke and Thomas Michael Dzingisai, who respectively received 1,548 and 894 votes.
2009 62 Years Old When a national unity government was sworn in on 13 February 2009, Mnangagwa became Minister of Defense.
2013 66 Years Old Following Mugabe's victory in the July 2013 presidential election, he moved Mnangagwa to the post of Minister of Justice and Legal Affairs on 10 September 2013.
2014 67 Years Old 1 More Event
On 10 December 2014, Mugabe appointed Mnangagwa as Vice-President of Zimbabwe, appearing to confirm his position as the presumed successor to Mugabe. … Read More
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