Emmerson Dambudzo Mnangagwa
(born 15 September 1946) 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 2000Cris Chinaka, , The Moscow Times
, July 20, 2000. to February 2009.
Mnangagwa is considered one of the most powerful figures in the ruling ZANU-PF
party, head of the Joint Operations Command
and a leading candidate to succeed President Robert Mugabe
. He was ZANU-PF's Secretary of Administration from July 2000 to December 2004 and has been its Secretary for Legal Affairs since December 2004.Constantine Chimakure, , Zimbabwe Daily Mirror
(zimbabwesituation.com), December 18, 2004.
Education and training
He did his early education up to Standard 4 at Lundi Primary School
in Mnangagwa Village
. The repressive political situation forced his family to relocate to Northern Rhodesia
in 1955 where he completed Standard 4.
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. Although it was a three year... Read More