Patrick Chinamasa
Zimbabwean politician
Patrick Chinamasa
Patrick Antony Chinamasa is a Zimbabwean politician, currently serving as the Minister of Justice.
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Zimbabwe halves 2016 growth forecast, budget deficit widens
Yahoo News - 3 months
HARARE (Reuters) - Zimbabwe's economy will grow by 0.6 percent in 2016, half the previous forecast, but will recover next year, Finance Minister Patrick Chinamasa said in a budget speech on Thursday. Chinamasa said the budget deficit for the 2017 fiscal year was estimated at $400 million, equivalent to 3 percent of GDP, up from 1.1 percent in this year. The southern African nation is grappling with a devastating drought that has left more than 4 million people facing hunger, while the worst financial crisis in seven years has fuelled some of the biggest anti-government protests in a decade. ...
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Zimbabwe trims 2016 economic growth forecast, budget deficit balloons
Yahoo News - 6 months
HARARE (Reuters) - Zimbabwe's economy is now expected to grow 1.2 percent in 2016, from the 1.4 percent forecast earlier in the year, Finance Minister Patrick Chinamasa said in his mid-year budget speech on Thursday. Chinamasa also told parliament that the budget deficit had already overshot the target in the first half of the year at $623 million, and that the shortfall for the whole year could rise above $1 billion. (Reporting by MacDonlad Dzirutwe; Writing by Stella Mapenzauswa; Editing by James Macharia)
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Zimbabwe gives foreign firms March deadline for empowerment plans
Yahoo News - about 1 year
Zimbabwe's finance minister on Thursday gave foreign-owned firms operating in the country, including mines and banks, a March 2016 deadline to submit plans on how to comply with a law requiring them to sell at least 51 percent shares to locals. The Indigenisation and Economic Empowerment Act was passed in 2008 under President Robert Mugabe's black empowerment drive, but implementation has been slow, with potential foreign investors warning the law would hinder much-needed investment in the southern African nation. "All companies that have not yet submitted their indigenisation implementation plans as required by the Act should submit their applications by the new deadline of 31 March 2016," Patrick Chinamasa said in a statement.
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Zimbabwe suspends bonus payments to public workers as revenues dip
Yahoo News - almost 2 years
Zimbabwe's government will not pay annual bonuses to public workers for two years because of falling tax revenues, the finance minister said on Tuesday, another sign the southern African economy is struggling. The government forecasts growth this year of 3.2 percent, but analysts say weak commodity prices, patchy rainfall this season and company closures as a result of cheap imports and high interest rates will curtail the economy's growth. Finance Minister Patrick Chinamasa said in a statement Zimbabwe spends $260 million on salaries every month or 82 percent of the total revenues raised from taxes.
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INTERVIEW-Zimbabwe says tax on raw platinum exports to stay for now
Reuters.com - about 2 years
HARARE, Feb 2 (Reuters) - Zimbabwe will keep a 15 percent export tax on unrefined platinum for now because mines have failed to provide a roadmap on how they plan to set up a local refinery, Finance Minister Patrick Chinamasa said on Monday.
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Zimbabwe plans to list bourse in bid to attract investors
Yahoo News - over 2 years
Zimbabwe will halve its stake in the local bourse as part of a plan to float the company and attract more foreign capital into the country, the finance minister said on Monday. The government will cut its stake in the Zimbabwe Stock Exchange (ZSE) to 16 percent, down from its current holding of 32 percent, as part of a long-term plan for a public listing, Patrick Chinamasa said. "The primary objective of the project is to transform the ZSE from a statutory body into a viable public limited company," he said after signing the agreement. Listing ZSE is aimed at helping it to attract foreign investors at a time when Zimbabwe is experiencing a liquidity crunch and massive unemployment.
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Zimbabwe economy to grow 4.2 pct in 2014: World Bank
Yahoo News - about 3 years
Zimbabwe's economy will grow by 4.2 percent this year, well short of the government's more upbeat projection as weaker global metal prices weigh on expansion, the World Bank said on Wednesday. Finance Minister Patrick Chinamasa said last month the economy was expected to grow by 6.4 percent in 2014 up from 3.4 percent last year, buoyed by mining, agriculture and construction. But Nadia Piffaretti, the World Bank's senior country economist for Zimbabwe, told a forum in Harare that mining could be hit by softening metal prices and subdued investment. A million people in rural Zimbabwe benefiting from United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) aid are also facing hunger as a lack of funding has caused deep cuts in assistance.
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China lends Zimbabwe $319 mln for Kariba power station
Yahoo News - over 3 years
HARARE (Reuters) - China has lent Zimbabwe $319 million to pay for the expansion of its Kariba power station, Finance Minister Patrick Chinamasa said on Monday. "This should go a long way in reducing power outages that characterise our power generation. For us the energy deficit has hamstrung the growth of our economy," Chinamasa said at an event to sign the loan agreement. The project will take four years to complete and is for two power units of 150 megawatts each.
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Zimbabwe economy to grow 6.1 percent in 2014: state media
Yahoo News - over 3 years
Zimbabwe's economy is expected to grow 6.1 percent next year from 3.4 percent this year on the back of rising revenues, finance minister Patrick Chinamasa was quoted as saying on Tuesday. The southern African country is experiencing an economic slow-down on the back of a decline in agriculture output and jitters surrounding a July 31 election that was won by veteran leader Robert Mugabe.
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Zimbabwe plans wealth fund law by Feb, but no cash at first: finmin
Yahoo News - over 3 years
Zimbabwe plans to craft a law to set up a sovereign wealth fund by next February - but it may not have any money at first as the government desperately needs to develop the country's crumbling infrastructure, the finance minister said. Patrick Chinamasa also said on Wednesday that the government would consider a first international bond issue to help finance its mining sector. The southern African country has previously said it wanted to create a sovereign wealth fund to buy shares in foreign-owned companies, including mines, under President Robert Mugabe's controversial black economic empowerment programme. "Legislation to set up the sovereign wealth fund will be ready next year first quarter, February latest.
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Zimbabwe to develop economy with "new friends" like China
Yahoo News - over 3 years
By MacDonald Dzirutwe HARARE (Reuters) - Zimbabwe will increase economic ties with friendly countries like China to develop its economy as Western nations maintain their sanctions after President Robert Mugabe's re-election, the new finance minister said on Wednesday. Mugabe, Africa's oldest leader at 89 who won a fresh five-year term in a July 31 vote his opponents say was rigged, on Wednesday swore in his cabinet, including Finance Minister Patrick Chinamasa who was named on Tuesday. ...
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Mugabe appoints ZANU-PF lawyer as Zimbabwe finance minister
Yahoo News - over 3 years
HARARE (Reuters) - Zimbabwe President Robert Mugabe named Justice Minister and top ruling party legal official Patrick Chinamasa as his finance minister on Tuesday as he appointed his cabinet in the wake of a July 31 election victory dismissed by the opposition as a fraud. In an official list released at State House, the veteran leader nominated Walter Chidhakwa to run the key mining portfolio and placed outgoing environment minister Francis Nhema in charge of a push to increase black ownership of the economy. (Reporting by Cris Chinaka; Editing by Ed Cropley)
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Robert Mugabe election victory could force west to lift Zimbabwe sanctions
Guardian (UK) - over 3 years
African monitors seem likely to rubber-stamp result, which would present western governments with a dilemma There was a time when he was welcomed to a state banquet at Buckingham Palace and knighted by the Queen. Now that Zimbabwe's president, Robert Mugabe, has all but claimed another election win, the quandary for western governments is whether the time has come to roll out the red carpet and end his international isolation. Mugabe is seen by many respected observers as a ruthless autocrat responsible for thousands of deaths during his 33-year rule who has yet again rigged his way to victory. But despite deep misgivings about the fairness of the poll, it is conceivable that realpolitik will pressure Britain and its allies to lift the last remaining sanctions against Mugabe and his inner circle. On Friday his Zanu-PF party summoned journalists to a rare press conference at its headquarters in the capital, Harare, predicting that a record turnout of 3.95 million voters would give i ...
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Zimbabwe says it has found funds for a referendum
Fox News - about 4 years
Zimbabwe's broke coalition government says it has raised enough money privately to pay for a referendum on a new constitution scheduled for March 16. Justice Minister Patrick Chinamasa said the vote, just three weeks away, "will not be stopped because of lack of money," the state Sunday Mail newspaper reported. Chinamasa said the financing was "sourced locally" after the United Nations and possible outside donors weren't given enough time to contribute. The referendum date was announced a week ago. The state election commission says it needs $85 million for the vote ahead of national elections later this year to end the nation's shaky coalition between President Robert Mugabe and the former opposition formed after the violent and disputed elections in 2008. All coalition leaders have called for a 'Yes' vote.
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UN High Commissioner in Zimbabwe to asses Human rights situation
Africa Legal Brief - almost 5 years
UNITED Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights Ms Navanethem Pillay arrived in Zimbabwe yesterday for a five-day visit to assess the human rights situation in the country.Ms Pillay, a former South African High Court judge, is in Zimbabwe at the invitation of the Government to assess for herself the situation prevailing in Zimbabwe instead of depending on reports from unreliable sources. {jcomments on} In a brief address to the Press, Ms Pillay said it was important for Government to invite the UN to assess Zimbabwe’s human rights situation. “I am pleased to be in Zimbabwe. It is important that Government has invited the UN to assess for itself the human rights issues of the country,” she said. Ms Pillay will meet President Mugabe and Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai separately. Justice and Legal Affairs Minister Patrick Chinamasa said Government invited the UN Commissioner because it had nothing to hide. “She is coming at our invitation because we have nothing to ...
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Zimbabwe dismisses SA Court ruling
Africa Legal Brief - almost 5 years
A recent South African court judgement that wants Pretoria to investigate Zimbabwean officials for alleged human rights abuses brings the SA justice system into disrepute, a Cabinet minister has said. Justice and Legal Affairs Minister Patrick Chinamasa yesterday described the ruling as irrelevant saying it was a general judgement without specifics. Judge Hans Fabricius handed down the judgement in Pretoria last week saying it would stem the flood of ‘economic and political refugees’ into South Africa. The ruling becomes the first ever under South Africa’s statutes spelling out its international law obligations. {jcomments on}   Human Rights lawyer Nicole Fritz of the South African Litigation Centre joined the Zimbabwe Exiles Forum to bring the lawsuit. Minister Chinamasa said this was part of efforts by ex-Rhodesians pushing for illegal regime change in Zimbabwe. He said the ruling was part of an agenda aimed at putting Zimbabwe in the spotlight a ...
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Zimbabwe and European Union officials to hold sanctions talks
Africa Legal Brief - almost 5 years
HARARE,  – Zimbabwe will send government ministers this week to hold talks with European Union officials over sanctions slapped on President Robert Mugabe and his circle a decade ago, state media said Sunday. “We have confirmed the meeting and the ministers will leave on Tuesday” for Brussels, foreign affairs secretary Joey Bimha told the state-owned Sunday Mail newspaper. {jcomments on} He said the officials were travelling at the EU’s invitation and would meet with Catherine Ashton, EU foreign affairs chief and vice president of the European Commission. Six ministers from the three main political parties in the coalition government of Mugabe and Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai will attend, the Sunday Mail said. The paper quoted Justice Minister Patrick Chinamasa saying the Zimbabwe delegation’s objective is to push for the removal of sanctions on Mugabe and top officials in his ZANU-PF party. “Our position is that the sanctions should be removed uncondit ...
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Zimbabwe's Justice delivery system corrupted
Africa Legal Brief - almost 5 years
ZIMBABWE’S judiciary is terribly under-funded, fuelling corruption in the justice delivery system, Chief Justice Godfrey Chidyausiku has said.Addressing delegates at the official launch of the code of ethics for judges and the Judicial Services Commision’s strategic plan inHarare, Chief Justice Chidyausiku said under-funding also hindered the judiciary’s capacity to deliver. “The judiciary is terribly under-funded. This has seriously impaired the capacity of the judiciary to deliver justice. {jcomments on}   “The under-funding has also contributed in a large measure to corruption in the judiciary, especially at the lower levels of the judiciary. “Regrettably, the Judicial Service Commission has had to accept that the judiciary will never be adequately funded. JSC has no choice but to learn to live with under-funding.” “I am extremely concerned at the reports of corruption in the judiciary. These reports, in the main, relate to the lower levels of the judiciary,” he ...
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Lustig on the road in Zimbabwe
The Zimbabwe Guardian - almost 5 years
Categories: National, Opinion & Analysis Tags: inclusive Government of Zimbabwe, Morgan Tsvangirai, Patrick Chinamasa, Robin Lustig, Zanu-PF, Zimbabwe economy, Zimbabwe elections I’ve spent the past five days in Harare, on a rare, officially-approved reporting trip to Zimbabwe. So I thought you might be interested in my impressions, ahead of my radio report, which we hope to broadcast next week. (And by the way, there were no restrictions on where we could go or whom we could [...] (Read more...)
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Mugabe swears in High Court judges, commissioners - The Zimbabwe Guardian
Google News - over 5 years
Deputy Prime Minister Arthur Mutambara, the Chief Secretary to the President and Cabinet, Dr Misheck Sibanda, and the Minister of Justice and Legal Affairs, Patrick Chinamasa witnessed the swearing-in ceremony
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Patrick Chinamasa
    LATE_ADULTHOOD
  • 2013
    Age 66
    Following Mugabe's victory in the July 2013 presidential election, he moved Chinamasa to the post of Minister of Finance on 10 September 2013.
    More Details Hide Details In February 2003, Chinamasa sent the police to arrest Peter Baker, a white farmer who had refused to vacate his farm, Rocklands, in favour of the Minister, after successfully challenging its seizure in court. Eight months after the seizure, the farm's water supply has been squandered, undermining its future productivity and that of the neighbouring farms. In September 2003, white farmer Richard Yates was evicted from his 800-hectare tobacco farm Tsukumai Farm at Headlands, located east of Harare. Although Chinamasa paid some compensation, Yates is still awaiting final payment and said that he considers the farm his in an interview with the Daily Telegraph. The following year his wife Monica won the Zimbabwean Tobacco grower of the year award, together with a Z$24million prize and trophy as the 2004/2005 top grower at a ceremony in Harare on 29 July. British MP Kate Hoey, who made a fact-finding visit to Zimbabwe earlier in the year, said the award was shocking: "It is like someone stealing a race horse and winning the Grand National." As a result, London based British American Tobacco came under pressure to stop its Zimbabwean associate company sponsoring the award, which it did the following year.
  • 2009
    Age 62
    When the ZANU-PF - MDC national unity government was sworn in on 13 February 2009, Chinamasa was retained as Minister of Justice.
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    In this position, Chinamasa took a historic step in the ongoing hyperinflation crisis in Zimbabwe, announcing that all Zimbabweans would be allowed to conduct business in any currency as of the end of January 2009.
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    On 7 January 2009, The Herald reported that Chinamasa had been appointed as Acting Minister of Finance following the dismissal of Samuel Mumbengegwi, who no longer held a seat in Parliament.
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  • 2008
    Age 61
    Chinamasa was appointed to the Senate by Mugabe on 25 August 2008.
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    Along with Goche, Chinamasa was one of the negotiators sent by ZANU-PF to the talks between political parties that began in Pretoria on 10 July 2008, following Mugabe's disputed re-election.
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    As of 2008, Chinamasa is the Chairman of ZANU-PF's Information and Publicity Sub-Committee, and in that capacity he acted as spokesman for ZANU-PF in the period following the 2008 presidential and parliamentary election.
    More Details Hide Details In this respect, he was viewed as taking over the roles of Minister of Information and Publicity Sikhanyiso Ndlovu and ZANU-PF Secretary for Information and Publicity Nathan Shamuyarira.
    Chinamasa was nominated as ZANU-PF's candidate for the House of Assembly seat from Makoni Central in the March 2008 parliamentary election, but he was defeated.
    More Details Hide Details Chinamasa received 4 050 votes against 7,060 for John Nyamande of the Movement for Democratic Change (MDC). Within ZANU-PF, Chinamasa has been seen as an ally of Emmerson Mnangagwa since 2004.
  • FIFTIES
  • 2007
    Age 60
    Chinamasa and Labour Minister Nicholas Goche met with Tendai Biti (MDC-T) and Welshman Ncube (MDC-M), Secretaries General of their respective Movement for Democratic Change factions, in Pretoria, South Africa on 16 June 2007.
    More Details Hide Details South African President Thabo Mbeki, appointed by the Southern African Development Community, presided over the negotiations which sought to end economic sanctions on Zimbabwe.
  • 2006
    Age 59
    In September 2006, Chinamasa was cleared by a judge of trying to pervert the course of justice.
    More Details Hide Details Chinamasa was accused of trying to stop a prosecution witness, James Kaunye, from testifying in a case against the Minister of State for National Security, Didymus Mutasa, who had been accused of inciting public violence. He is among a host of individuals not allowed to travel to the USA because the USA government feels he has worked to undermine democracy in Zimbabwe.
  • 2005
    Age 58
    In 2005, Chinamasa was ejected from his post as Justice Minister; however, six months later he was returned to the post.
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  • 2004
    Age 57
    On 17 December 2004, Chinamasa, who had been the Secretary for Legal Affairs of ZANU-PF, was removed from the party's Politburo.
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  • 2002
    Age 55
    In 2002, following what Chinamasa considered lenient conviction of three American citizens caught and convicted of smuggling arms in an aircraft, Zimbabwean High Court judge Fergus Blackie brought successful charges against Chinamasa for a conviction of "scandalising the court."
    More Details Hide Details Chinamasa had Blackie immediately arrested on charges of "corruption," on the grounds of having decided the case of a white woman improperly (on the basis of an alleged adulterous relationship and racist bias), and without the support of the other judge that was sitting with him on the matter. After the case closed, Chinamasa declared various NGO's illegal, including leading Human Rights organisation the Amani Trust which provides support to victims of torture; and was reportedly accused of working with the British government to unseat President Robert Mugabe and destabilise the nation.
  • 2001
    Age 54
    Following his appointment, many Zimbabwean judges resigned, complaining of political pressure. On 9 February 2001 after Chief Justice Anthony Gubbay took early retirement at his suggestion, Chinamasa held meetings with senior Justices Ahmed Ebrahim Nicholas (the last white justice on the Zimbabwean Court), and told them for their own safety to leave.
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  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1947
    Age 0
    Born on January 25, 1947.
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