Kembo Mohadi

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Kembo Mohadi
Kembo Mohadi
Born Kembo Dugish Campell
(1949-11-15) November 15, 1949 (age 67)
Nationality Zimbabwe
Education Beitbridge Primary School, Goromonzi High School
Occupation
  • Politician
Employer Government of Zimbabwe
Organization Ministry of State Security in the President's Office
Political party
Zimbabwe African National Union Patriotic Front
Spouse(s) Tambudzayi Mohadi
Children Campbell Trevor Mohadi Son

Kembo Mohadi is a Zimbabwean politician who is the current Minister of State Security in the president'e office. He practices his political trade with the ruling Zimbabwe African National Union Patriotic Front (ZANU PF). He is also a member of the Central Committee and Politburo and representing Matabeleland south province. He is also a member of parliament for Beitbridge.

Background

He was born Kembo Dugish Campell on the 15th of November 1949 in Beitbridge. He is married to Tambudzayi Mohadi and have a son Campbell Trevor Mohadi.[1] He has five siblings, two boys and three girls.[2] Mohadi joined the liberation struggle at a tender age in 1972 when he left for Zambia. He then migrated to Moscow, Russia were he received his military training. Mohadi, was detained at Khami Prison in 1976 until 1980 when the country attained independence.[3]

Education

He did his primary education in his hometown at Beitbridge Primary School in Matabeleland South Province in Zimbabwe. He then proceeded to Goromonzi High School for his secondary education which he completed in 1965.

Political career

Mohadi started active politics in the 1970s when he joined the Zimbabwe African People's Union (ZAPU) led by the late "Father Zimbabwe" Joshua Nkomo. He worked in the youth wing of the part. He subsequently joined the military wing of the party the Zimbabwe People's Revolutionary Army (ZIPRA) and worked in Zambia together with other ZIPRA leaders such as Ambrose Mutinhiri and Phelekezela Mphoko.

After his release he became a ZANU-PF Central Committee member in 1984, a post which he was to hold for a single year. He was then elected Beitbridge member of Parliament in 1985 up to 2008. He rose through the ranks to become Deputy Minister of Sport, Recreation and Culture in 1995. During the Government of National Unity (GNU), he shared the ministry of Home Affairs with Giles Mutsekwa of the Movement for Democratic Change. Before his ministerial post, he had been ZANU PF's Education Officer in Beitbridge District between 1981 and 1985. He had also served as Central Committee member in 1984 and the National Secretary for Finance in the ZANU-PF Youth League in 1989.

During the 1987 Unity Accord, Mohadi was was one of the people who helped the merging of ZAPU and ZANU to form a unified patriotic front. The unity accord facilitated his entry, as well as his tenure in government as a member of parliament as well as deputy minister. He is one of the most senior former ZAPU members who are still in government.

Bid for Vice Presidency

After the death of vice president John Nkomo, Mohadi was one of the ex-ZAPU carders who openly contested for the post of the vice president which was now vacant.[4] He, together with the likes of Simon Khaya Moyo, Ambrose Mutinhiri and Obert Mpofu openly declared that he was suitable for the post. His bid however did not succeed as Robert Mugabe appointed Justice Minister Emmerson Mnangagwa as the first vice president and Phekezela Mphoko as the second vice president in December 2014.

Visiting Prophet Bushiri for political & financial luck

In November 2016 a video emerged on social media showing Mohadi attending a church service by Malawian self-proclaimed ‘prophet’ Shepherd Bushiri. In the video, Bushiri promised Mohadi “the crown” and an end to his financial troubles. It was not immediately clear when the church service had been held. Mohadi, in the video nodded “I receive, Man of God” several times, a sign of his commitment to the process.[5]

Video of Kembo Mohadi at Bushiri religious event

Business Interests

Mohadi was once a shareholder in a company called Nerry Investments owned by Reginald McGillivray. The two however went two ways apart after a dispute related to the running of the business and the matter was settled in court resulting in Mohadi's ouster.[6] Mohadi is alleged to have made a series of attempts to elbow McGillivray from the business but all in vain. Mohadi was also stripped of influence in two other Beitbridge companies, Redqueen Trading Pvt Ltd and Spoornet Pvt Ltd, belonging to Dawson.[6] Besides having interests in some companies. He is also a commercial farmer majoring in crop production and livestock in the Matabeleland south province.

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Controversy

He sued his ZANU PF colleague Joseph Made, who was the then Minister of Agriculture in 2009 after his Beitbridge farm was invaded by war veterans. The invaders had destroyed his fence and let loose 75 cattle valued at about US $6, 000.[7] In the same year, Mohadi came under fire from the media over his denial that security agents had battered opposition forces. His utterances were condemned especially when President Robert Mugabe has conceded that opposition forces had been beaten. The previous weeks, the media had been awash by news and photos of Morgan Tsvangirai and others with swollen faces battered bodies but Mohadi went on to deny the claims.[8] In 2013 Mohadi sued the Standard newspaper for defamation after it had published an open letter written by the then Bulawayo MP, Eddie Cross insinuating that Mohadi was involved in the vandalism of electricity cables. The US$30 million lawsuit was however dismissed by the courts.[9]

Successes

Mohadi was credited for initiating talks with the South African Interior Affairs ministry regarding the visa and passports issue on Zimbabwean citizens resident in South Africa. In 2014, the passport renewal regulations were also revised and made more easier for Zimbabweans in South Africa to easily renew their work permits without the hustles of travelling back to Zimbabwe for the process.[10]

Failures

As the co-minister of home affairs, Mohadi was crititised for failing to get rid of political violence during the period prior to the 31 July presidential elections. The opposition leader of the Movement for Democratic Change party Morgan Tsvangirai accused the minister of failing to rise to the task of making sure that a conducive political environment existed to allow people to vote peacefully without any fear of being victimised.

References

  1. Kembo Mohadi, wife face imprisonment
  2. Liberation war heroine Mohadi buried
  3. Kembo Dugish Campbell Mohadi Published: No Date Given, Retrieved: July 9, 2015
  4. , [1] I want to be the Vice President: says Minister Kembo Mohadi, MyZim, Published:24 August 2014, Retrieved:16 December 2014
  5. Video of Zanu PF Minister’s visit to prophet Bushiri surfaces, Pindula News, Published:7 Nov 2016, Retrieved: Oct 2016
  6. 6.0 6.1 B Muponde, Mohadi suffers another blow, Newsday, Published:13 April 2014, Retrieved: 16 December 2014
  7. Zimbabwe Ministers sue each other over land, New Zimbabwe, Published: No Date Given, Retrieved: July 9, 2015
  8. Kembo Mohadi made fool of himself
  9. The Standard wins Mohadi case, NewsDay, Published: February 12, 2013, Retrieved: July 9, 2015
  10. T. Mugabe, SA Invites Mohadi, "The Herald", Published:29 July 2014, Retrieved:16 December 2014