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Sylvester Nguni is a Zimbabwean politician and senior member of new political party Zimbabwe People First. He is former Minister of State in Vice-President Office (Vice President at the time being Joice Mujuru) and former ZANU PF member, serving in their Central Committee before being expelled in 2015.
Sylvester Nguni is the father to Zimbabwean hip hop musician Tehn Diamond.
Between 1972 and 1976, he studied for a Bachelor of Arts Degree majoring in Business, Economics and Finance at the University of Zambia.
In 1978, he attained a Master of Science Degree from the University of Dublin in Ireland. He also did an Advanced Management Programme at Havard Business School in 1993 (Boston, USA).
Nguni has worked as an Economist for National Import and Export Corporation in Zambia in the late 1970s. From 1980 to 1981, he worked as an executive assistant of the same organisation. He joined the government from the private sector where he was chief executive officer of Cottco (now a subsidiary of AICO Africa Limited).
Other posts in government he has occupied include Minister of Economic Development in 2007. Before that, he was Deputy Minister of Agriculture.
In September 2011 it was revealed through Wikileaks that Nguni had approached the US embassy while Deputy Minister of Agriculture and advised that he "saw no evidence of policy shifts in ZANU-PF and suggested that the ruling party would eventually surrender economic policy to MDC in a face-saving move out of desperation".
In November 2014, along with Webster Shamu, Nguni was suspended from the party for 3 years, on allegations of factionalism. He was said to be working with other party members to oust President Robert Mugabe.
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