Patrick Chinamasa

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Patrick Chinamasa
Patrick Chinamasa, Minister of Finance, ZANU-PF
Patrick Chinamasa
Born Patrick Chinamasa
(1947-01-25) January 25, 1947 (age 69)
Nyanga
Residence Zimbabwe
Education University of Zimbabwe
Occupation
  • Minister of Finance


Employer Government of Zimbabwe
Organization Ministry of Finance
Home town Manicaland
Political party
Zimbabwe African National Union Patriotic Front
Spouse(s) Monica Chinamasa
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.

Background

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.[1] Chinamasa and Monica has four children namely Tinotenda, Chengetai, Kangai and Camuchirai.[2]

Education

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.

Positions Held

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.[3] 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.[4]

Bribe Charges

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.[5] He was later acquitted after inconsistencies and evasiveness in the witness' evidence for the charge.[6]

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.[7]

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.[8] He had received criticism in his second year as finance minister due to his alleged weak economic policies.[9] 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.[10]

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References

  1. Second wife for Chinamasa, The Zimbabwean, Published: September 12, 2007, Retrieved June 1, 2014
  2. Chinamasa, Patrick, Brillonlie Reference Works, Retrieved: July 1, 2014
  3. Biti wrongfully credited with the dollarisation of the Zim economy Bulawayo 24 News, Published: April 9, 2013, Retrieved: July 1, 2014
  4. Makoni Central, New Zimbabwe Published: December 11, 2009, Retrieved: July 1, 2014
  5. Chinamasa tried to bribe me - Kaunye, New Zimbabwe, Published: December 11, 2011, Retrieved: July 1, 2014
  6. Chinamasa acquitted
  7. Zimbabwean minister denounces EU, BBC News, Published: September 14, 2009, Retrieved July 1, 2014
  8. Charles Rukuni 2014 national budget only a wish list , The Insider, Published: December 20, 2013, Retrieved: July 1, 2013
  9. Why Chinamasa must go, Daily News, Published: March 16, 2014, Retrieved: July 1, 2014
  10. Gideon Gono to replace Patrick Chinamasa as Finance Minister?, iHarare, Published: March 14, 2014 Retrieved: July 1, 2014