Cain Mathema

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Cain Mathema
Cain Mathema
Born Cain Ginyitshe Mathema
(1947-01-25) January 25, 1947 (age 69)
Nationality Zimbabwe
Occupation
  • Politician
Employer Government of Zimbabwe
Political party
Zimbabwe African National Union Patriotic Front
Spouse(s) Bathabetsoe Nare (2016 to present)
Former: Musa Ncube

Cain Ginyitshe Mathema is a writer, Zimbabwean politician and member of the ZANU-PF party. He is the current Matabeleland North Provincial Affairs Minister. He is a former ambassador.

Political Career

Cain Mathema joined ZIPRA in 1968. He became Member of Parliament in 1955 and he has been Ambassador Governor and Resident Minister for Bulawayo West.

Books

Mathema has authored a number of books including:

  • Wealth and Power: An Introduction to Political Economy (1988)
  • ZANU (PF) and economic independence (1994)
  • I love you Joy Hwami (1992)
  • Ulimi Lwami (Poetry series) (1998)
  • Socialism and Christianity (1992)
  • I drew for the liberation struggle (1989)
  • Co-operatives, what about them? (1988)

Controversy

  • In December 2016, he made the news when he married a new wife Bathabetsoe Nare, who was 23 years old. Nare was 47 years younger than Mathema. She had worked at government offices as part of her attachment while studying at Midlands State University and it was suspected they started dating then. Mathema was divorced and single before marrying Nare.[1]
  • In October 2009 a court in Zimbabwe heard that Mathema had impregnated and entered into a customary union with his ex-wife’s domestic worker before they had divorced. The ex-wife, Musa Ncube, was suing him for the maintenance of their three children. Ncube accused Mathema of “taking advantage” of her youth when he had sex with her when she was a 20-year-old and he was 44.[2]
  • In December 2010, as Governor of Bulawayo, Mathema said that the bones of Cecil John Rhodes, the founder of Rhodesia, were supposed to be be immediately exhumed and sent back to Britain as it was an affront to postcolonial sensibilities. he also said Victoria Falls was supposed to revert to its original name from the Tonga language, Mosi oa Tunya.

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References

  1. Leopold Munhende, 70-Year-Old Cain Mathema Weds 23-Year-Old Beauty, RadioVOP, Published:23 Dec 2016, Retrieved: 24 Dec 2016
  2. Lindie Whiz Mathema dumped wife for maid, NewZimbabwe, Published:1 October 2009, Retrieved: 24 Dec 2016