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January 25, 1947
|Education||University of Zimbabwe|
|Employer||Government of Zimbabwe|
|Organization||Ministry of Finance|
|Zimbabwe African National Union Patriotic Front|
|Children||Kangai Chinamasa, Tinotenda Chinamasa, Gamuchirai Chinamasa, Rebecca Chinamasa|
Patrick Anthony Chinamasa is a politician and member of the ruling ZANU-PF party and is currently serving as Minister of Finance in the Zimbabwean government. He served as a cabinet Minister since 2000.
He was born to Anthony Chinamasa and Regina Maunga on January 25, 1947 in Nyanga. He had been married to Monica Chinamasa until 2007. He got married another woman Chiedza Faith Velemu. Chinamasa and Monica has four children namely Tinotenda, Chengetai, Kangai and Camuchirai.
Chinamasa holds a Bachelor of Arts Honours degree in Law from the University of London (1971) and a Diploma in Law from the University of Zimbabwe.
Chinamasa became the first Deputy Minister of Agriculture before he was appointed Attorney General. He has also served as Minister of Justice, Legal and Parliamentary Affairs between 2000 and 2005. In 2008, he was appointed Acting Minister of Finance and was credited for introducing a multi- currency that eased reduced inflation. He held the position until 2009 when the Government of National Unity (GNU), was sworn in. Chinamasa was nominated as ZANU-PF's candidate for the House of Assembly seat from Makoni Central Constituency in the March 2008 parliamentary election, but he was defeated by John Nyamande of the Movement for Democratic Change who garnered 7 060 votes against Chinamasa's 4 055.
In 2006 he allegedly wanted to bribe James Kaunye after the latter filed a court application to sue Didymus Mutasa's supporters who had insulted him. Kaunye told the court that the minister called on him at his Yorkshire Farm in Headlands and offered him bribes so that he could drop his complaint against 23 of Mutasa's supporters who had earlier attacked and left him for dead. Rusape magistrates allegedly resufed to preside over the issue. Kaunye and Mutasa were contesting against each other for the Makoni North Constituency in Zanu PF primary elections. He was later acquitted after inconsistencies and evasiveness in the witness' evidence for the charge.
Denouncing the European Union
In 2009, Chinamasa denounced the European Union for siding with Morgan Tsvangirai and accused the delegation for trying to undermine the Government of National Unity. He said this after a two day talk with EU, the first in seven years.
As Minister of Finance
Chinamasa's 2014 national budget which he delayed by a month received criticism from the Movement for Democratic Change. The MDC said that the budget did not have measures in place to attract Foreign Direct Investment and to improve the economy and the people's livelihoods. He had received criticism in his second year as finance minister due to his alleged weak economic policies. There has been speculation that because of his policy inconsistences, Chinamasa may be moved to another ministry. The media has cited former reserve bank governor Gideon Gono to succeed Chinamasa in case of a cabinet reshuffle.
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