Oppah Muchinguri Campaigning To Replace General Chiwenga As Zimbabwe President

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Oppah Muchinguri Campaigning To Replace General Chiwenga As Zimbabwe President

Oppah Muchinguri is widely seen as a front runner to replace General Chiwenga As Zimbabwe Vice President. General Chiwenga is believed to have passed away in China between Monday and Tuesday where he was airlifted from South Africa.

Oppah Muchinguri  and Victor Matemadanda ( Deputy Defence Minister) have been working as a tag team to be Minister of Defence and War Veterans

Biography

Name: Oppah Chamu Zvipange Muchinguri

Born: 14 December 1958 (age 60 years), Mutare, Zimbabwe
Education: University of Zimbabwe
Birth Place: Mutasa District’s Zongoro Area

Education

Masters in International Relations from UZ

Family

Current Spouse: Bishop Anthony Kashiri since 2015

Previous Marriage:  Tapiwa Rushesha (Divorced in 1990)
Children: Tanya Rushesha, Natasha Rushesha

Career

Current: Minister of Defence and War Veterans and ZANU PF Central Committe Member

1980 and 1981
Private Secretary to the President between. At this stage Mugabe did not have a wife and it is rumored she was serving dual roles of Private Secretary and Wife

1989 – 1993
Deputy Minister of State for External Affairs

1993-1997
Deputy Minister of Environment and Tourism

1997 – 2000
Minister of State in the President’s Office

2009
January 3, Dismissed from the Cabinet along with 11 other ministers, because she no longer held any seat in Parliament.

2014
Minister of Higher and Tertiary Education, Science and Technology Development replacing Jonathan Moyo

2015
– Appointed to the Ministry of Environment, Water and Climate in a cabinet reshuffle.

– Steps Down as Women’s league Boss to make way for Grace Mugabe. A Manyika replaced by the Zezuru unconquerable

2017
30 November, She was appointed as the Minister of Environment, Water and Climate

2018
September 2018, Minister of Defense

Trivia

The late musician Simon Chimbetu sang a song titled Oppah which talks about his love for such a woman, was widely believed to be dedicated to Muchinguri. Muchinguri was passenger in a car crash that killed Tongorara on the eve of independence in December 1979 and it was reported the two were in a romantic relationship.[15]

Conclusion

  • Oppah Muchinguri is a very experienced player in ZANU PF politics. She has managed to outmaneuvre many enemies including Grace Mugabe.
  • Oppah is more of a politician than Perence Shiri, her CV looks better.
  • An Oppah Muchinguri Vice Presidency will free the Army of a difficult situation where they have had to deal with a figurehead Minister.
  • She has no base in the Army and for this reason ED Mnangagwa might just appoint her VP. Oppah will satisfy the woman’s qouta in the presidecy