Mandi Chimene

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Mandi Chimene
Mandi Chimene, Manicaland Province
Born Mandiitawepi Chimene
(1959-06-08) June 8, 1959 (age 57)
Nationality Zimbabwe
Occupation
  • Manicaland Provincial Affairs minister
Employer Government of Zimbabwe
Home town Manicaland
Political party
Zimbabwe African National Union Patriotic Front
Spouse(s) Claudius Mukandiwa
Children Lisa

Mandi Chimene is the Manicaland Provincial Affairs minister and Makoni South member of parliament as well as chairperson of the Zimbabwe-China Friendship Association.

Background

Mandi was born on June 8, 1959 and she is married to Claudius Mukandiwa.[1] She is also the chairperson of the Zimbabwe-China Friendship Association.

Education

She attended Zamula Primary School before enrolling at St Josephs High School where she dropped out at Form 3. Speaking at the official opening of the Jibilika Dance Festival in Mutare on Friday 26 August 2016, Chimene disclosed her academic qualifications,
I am here because I knew and pursued what or where I am best at. I went to Zamula for my primary and went to St Josephs for my secondary education up to Form Three, but I am now a Minister of State. Don’t condemn yourself. You can be a star from wherever you are. Just know what you are good at and work on it.
[2]

Career

Mandi Chimene rose to political prominence when she was elected Member of parliament for Makoni South constituency. Following the restructuring exercise in Zimbabwe African National Union Patriotic Front, Chimene was appointed the Minister of State for Manicaland Provincial Affairs replacing Chris Mushowe. She has also been a member of the ZANU PF Central Committee member for several years.[3]

Posts Held

  • Member of parliament for Makoni South
  • Minister of State for Manicaland Provincial Affairs
  • Chairperson: Zimbabwe-China Friendship Association

Controversy

Publicly accusing Mnangagwa of factionalism

In July 2016, at a rally organised by a group of war veterans to show support to President Robert Mugabe and attended by the President, the first lady and both vice presidents. Chimene gave a speech during which she accused the country's vice president Emmerson Mnangagwa of leading a faction:

They started way back when we heard of Tsholotsho….we have nurtured it..it’s now here again, if people are smart they create something that looks like his . The person who created Lacoste also created G40…I know of Lacoste and the leader. I’m accused of being a G40 member but I don’t know my leader.

What was known as Tsholotsho was led by Cde Mnangagwa, this Lacoste is now led by Cde Mnangagwa..as you seat there you are now two Governments because some ministers are known to be supporters of Cde Mnangagwa[4]

Mnangagwa did not respond to the accusations, remaining silent as he looked on.

China Junket

The Makoni South legislator is said to have organised a trip to China for members of parliament from Zimbabwe African National Union Patriotic Front. After their arrival, some members of the party are said to have arranged another trip 2000 km away from Beijing but the plan ended in the legislators missing their flight back home.[5] Some of the members of parliament are said to have travelled using air tickets meant for disabled people.

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Mutasa "Ally" Farm Debacle

Chimene was accused of having set in motion a plan to evict Christine Murembwe and Leonard Taylor from the farm that they co-owned. It was speculated that since Murembwe was a former aide of Mutasa, Mandi Chimene was victimising the pair because of their relations with Didymus Mutasa.[6] Chimene's attempts to evict the pair were halted by the High court and ordered to vacate the property.

Rift with Oppah Muchinguri

After an audio clip was leaked to the press in which Oppah Muchinguri is said to have attacked Chimene and questioned her appointments, Chimene allegedly responded to Muchinguri's remarks by stating that she wont lose sleep over such utterances. She also shot down claims in the tape which suggested that she smokes marijuana.[7] The rift between the two is said to have started as far back as 1999 when she Mandi wanted to contest for a Central Committee position but was blocked by Oppah Muchinguri.[3]

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References

  1. Chimene unveils her man, Manica Post, Published: No date given, Retrieved: August 7, 2015
  2. Blessed Mhlanga, I’m a Form 3 dropout: Chimene, NewsDay, published: August 29, 2016, retrieved: August 29, 2016
  3. 3.0 3.1 Minister Chimene savages Muchinguri as Zanu PF factionalism gets dirtier, Zimbabwe News Live, Published: No date given, Retrieved: August 7, 2015
  4. Felex Share and Costa Mano, LIVE BLOG: PRESIDENT MUGABE MEETS WAR VETERANS, The Herald, Published:27 July 2016, Retrieved: 28 July 2016
  5. Paidamoyo Muzulu China junket exposes MPs, The Standard, Published: July 13, 2014, Retrieved: August 7, 2015
  6. Everson Mushava Minister thrown out of Mutasa ally farm, NewsDay, Published: July 17, 2015, Retrieved: August 7, 2015
  7. Obey Manayiti Chimene rubbishes Muchinguri slur, NewsDay, Published: July 7, 2015, Retrieved: August 7, 2015