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Patrick Zhuwao
Patrick Zhuwao, Patrick Zhuwawo, ZANU-PF
Patrick Zhuwao
Born (1967-05-23) May 23, 1967 (age 50)
  • Politician
  • Businessman
  • Farmer
Political party
Spouse(s) Beauty Zhuwao
Relatives Sabina Mugabe(mother), Robert Mugabe(nephew), Leo Mugabe(brother)

Patrick Zhuwao is a Zimbabwean ZANU-PF politician and the current Minister of Youth, Indigenisation and Economic Empowerment. He is also a businessman and farmer. Zhuwawo is President Robert Mugabe's nephew. He has interests in Telecel Zimbabwe through the Empowerment Corporation of Zimbabwe.


Patrick Zhuwao was born on 23 May 1967 to Sabina Mugabe (Robert Mugabe's sister ) and a Mozambican father.

Educational Background

He holds a degree in computer engineering. Zhuwao has four master’s degrees and is the chairman of his own think tank company Zhuwao Institute.[1]

Political career

Zhuwao entered mainstream politics when he won the Zvimba East seat under a ZANU-PF ticket in 2008 and was subsequently appointed the deputy minister for Science and Technology.[2] He has also held several positions within the ZANU PF party including being a member for the politiburo. After having served his term as legislator for Zvimba East Constituency, Zhuwao failed to gather party support and was beaten at the party's primary elections by fellow party member Francis Mkwangwawira. Regardless of failing to have secured a top political post within he party, Zhuwao remained very vocal in party politics in which he argued that the party should have moved on to name and shame all those that had sought to remove the president through illegal means.[3] Zhuwao also went on to pen an articles in a local news daily in which he argued that the commission of inquiry on factional fights should apply itself vigorously on the matter.[4] Zhuwao also made the headlines when he claimed that he could be useful to the country if he could be an advisor to the government. He made the sentiments while highlighting that most of the economic decissions being made were not being made after vigorous consultations and research.[5]

Indigenisation Confusion

As Youth, Indigenisation and Economic Empowerment minister, Zhuwawo was reported to have caused confusion on the terms of ZImbabwe's controversial Indigenisation Law. Zhuwawo in early 2016 announced that foreign owned companies had the March 31 deadline to submit Indigenisation compliance plans or risk being shut down. The move was seen as negatively aggressive and fellow Zanu-PF minister Patrick Chinamasa publicly defended foreign owned banks arguing that they had already complied with the Indigenisation law.[6] President Mugabe had to step in after the deadline to clarify that banks fell under the Banking Act essentially siding with the Chinamasa. Zhuwawo later conceded that he had possibly misinterpreted certain things about the act:"I am appointed by the President and as l take directions, it is quite possible that l can misinterpret certain things. I must be able to listen to my boss when my boss explains that l am misinterpreting certain things," [7]

Business Interests

Patrick has numerous business interests in the country ranging from agriculture to mobile phone operations. He is said to have a share in Norton Tobacco Farm which is renowned for producing tobacco. There have been several comments in the electronic media which have also claimed that Zhuwao was a very good farmer with a good professional conduct.[8] Apart from farming ventures, He also hasa stake in Telecel Zimbabwe via his stake the Empowerment Corporation. He is the current managing director of the Empowerment Corporation. The involvement of Zhuwao in Telecel Zimbabwe was said to be part of the company's compliance with the country's indigenisation bill.[9] Zhuwao is also the founder and chairman of Zhuwao Insitute which is a local think tank.


Zhuwao was at one point said to have been involved in a salary dispute with farm workers at Norton Tobacco farm after he allegedly went for three months without paying their salaries. Although having confirmed the incident, Zhuwao was quick to point out that since he was a tobacco farmer, he could only pay his employees after his crop had been auctioned. The former Zvimba East legislator was also said to have been in contempt of parliament when he made violent disruptions to the speaker of parliament during his opening speech.[10]

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  1. Zhuwao Brief: The next generation, Financial Gazette, published: February 5, 2016, retrieved: May 23, 2017
  2. Mugabe appoints nephew in new Cabinet,, Published: December 11, 2009, Retrieved: December 15, 2014
  3. Name, shame traitors: Zhuwao, The Herald, Published: September 3, 2014, Retrieved: December 15, 2014
  4. Patrick Zhuwao, Opinion by Zhuwao: Factionalism and the search for truth, The Herald, Published: November 2, 2014, Retrieved: December 15, 2014
  5. Paidamoyo Muzulu, Zhuwao wants to be ‘govt advisor’, Published: September 14, 2014, Retrieved: December: 15, 2014
  6. Victoria Mtomba, Chinamasa vs Zhuwao, The Standard, Published:3 April 2016 , Retrieved: 24 April 2016
  7. Happiness Zengeni and Golden Sibanda, Indigenisation feud: President steps in, The Herald, Published:13 April 2016, Retrieved: 10 April 2016
  8. Mafaro, Patrick Zhuwao, The Farmer, Mafaro, Retrieved: December 15, 2014
  9. Kennedy Maposa, Mugabe's nephew saves Telecel, Mail and Guardian, Published: August 16, 2013, Retrieved: December 15, 2014
  10. Munyaradzi Bwanya, Zhuwao and company in contempt of Parliament,, Published: July 20, 2009, Retrieved: December 15, 2014