Amos Midzi

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Amos Midzi
Amos Midzi, Politician, ZANU-PF Factionalism
Amos Midzi
Born(1952-07-04)July 4, 1952
DiedJune 9, 2015(2015-06-09) (aged 62)
Munandi Farm, Beatrice
Cause of deathSuspected Suicide
Body discovered9 June 2015
Known forBeing a ZANU-PF Member
Notable workFormer ZANU PF Politburo member and Minister of Mines and Mines Development
Spouse(s)Hilda Alice Midzi
ChildrenKundai Midzi, Vimbai Midzi
RelativesStanley Midzi

Amos Midzi was a Zimbabwean politician who was a member of the ZANU-PF party before his expulsion in 2015 on allegations of fanning factionalism. He was also a cabinet minister and was believed to be aligned to a faction led by former vice president Joice Mujuru. He was found dead at his Beatrice farm in early June 2015, believed to be suicide.

Personal Details

Born: Amos Bernard Muvenga Midzi, 4 July 1952, Northern Rhodesia (now Zambia). He was raised in both Rhodesia and Nyasaland (now Malawi). [1]
Marriage: married to Hilda Alice Midzi and the two had three children. [2] Midzi is also said to have sired twins with one Lucia Makazhu but one of the twin sisters had passed on. [3] The remaining twin was identified as Chido Makazhu Death: June 2015. Midzi was found dead at his Munandi Farm in Beatrice in Mashonaland East Province. According to media reports was found dead in his car with the car keys missing. At the time of his death, there was speculation that he had committed suicide following the end of his political career in the Zanu PF party on allegations of fanning factionalism. [4]

School / Education

Amos Midzi went to Mazowe High School.
Midzi began his university education in 1974 and was enrolled at the University of Rhodesia. [2] He would be shortly arrested afterwards for "political involvement" and spend 3 years in prison, but on release he would complete his degree in Sociology.[2]


Midzi began his political career in 1977 whilst he was enrolled at the University of Rhodesia. He was arrested for taking part in the liberation struggle. He spent three years in political detention.[2] Midzi was elected into parliament in 1980. In 1982, he became the deputy minister of Transport until 1984.

In the Zimbabwe 1985 Parliamentary Election, Mukuvusi returned to Parliament"

From 1984 to 87, Amos Midzi was the Deputy Minister of Youth, Sport, and Culture. He would be posted to Cuba as Zimbabwe's ambassador from 1987 to 1993. In 1993, Midzi was assigned to the position of Zimbabwe's ambassador to the United States of America. [2] In March 2002, Midzi ran for the position of mayor of Harare in a tightly contested race. He lost the seat to Elias Mudzuri who was running for the Movement for Democratic Change which was led by Morgan Tsvangirai. [2] Between 2004 and 2007, he was minister of Mines and Mineral Development. Midzi attempted another comeback in the March 2008 parliamentary elections but lost again to the MDC.[2]

In the 2013 Elections, (see A History of Zimbabwean Elections) Epworth returned to Parliament:

  • Amos Midzi of Zanu PF with 15 468 votes or 61.26 percent,
  • Eliah Jembere of MDC–T with 7 951 votes or 31.49 percent,
  • Nicholas Sibanda of MDC–N with 1 332 votes or 5.28 percent,
  • 3 others with 497 votes or 1.97 percent.

Total 25 248 votes


Positions Held

  1. ZANU-PF Harare Provincial Chairman (2001-2014)
  2. Minister of Mines and Mining Development (2004-2007).
  3. Member of Parliament for the National Assembly- Epworth, Harare.
  4. Minister of Energy and Power Development (2002-2004).[5]
  5. Ambassador to the United States of America (1993- 1999).
  6. Ambassador to Cuba (1987-1993).
  7. Deputy Minister of Transport (1982-1984).
  8. Deputy Minister of Youth, Sport, and Culture (1984-1987).
  9. Zanu PF Central Committee (1984-1989).[2]

He was married to Hilda Alice Midzi and the two had children together.[6]

Spygate Saga

The Sunday Mail of 5 October 2014 carried a headline which said “Amos Midzi Fingered in Spygate Saga”. The state owned newspaper reported that the party’s provincial chairperson for Harare Province was among the legislators understood to have had suspicious contact with a CIA spy housed at the US Embassy in Harare. Midzi was the second provincial chairperson to be implicated in the scandal after Mashonaland West Province chairperson Temba Mliswa had already admitted to entertaining a spy from the U.S.[7] For this reason, Midzi anjd other 11 MPs became to be known as the Zanu-PF Dirty Dozen.[7]


Within Zanu PF, in 2012, top chefs were now out to force the dismantling of a group (Chipangano) that had since assumed a life of its own outside the party — a rag-tag band that was making a living out of Zanu PF’s name but had since mapped its own survival route. Supposed handler Amos Midzi, disowned the group but Zanu PF secretary for administration Didymus Mutasa confirmed Chipangano existed and blasted Midzi for lying to the people. [8]

Mutasa challenged provincial chairman Ambassador Amos Midzi, to make sure the group was stopped from tarnishing the image of the party. “We hear that there are some people who are harassing commuters and commuter operators in the name of the party. Cde Midzi if you tell me that you don’t know that group, I will tell you that you are lying. Instead, I want to know what is not ending it.” In his response, Ambassador Midzi acknowledged that there were problems with rank marshals, but said some of them were not under Zanu-PF. [9]

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Factionalism allegations

Amos Midzi was believed to be aligned to the Joice Mujuru camp. As a result, a "vote of no confidence" was passed (this was a common method used to rid the ZANU PF party of Joice Mujuru aligned politicians) on 6 November 2014, marking his exit from the party structures. He was also accused of influencing other senior party officials to oppose the entrance of Grace Mugabe into mainstream politics.

Corruption Allegations

Midzi was linked to several scandals in his political career. In 2012, he was accused of stealing money from desperate home seekers in the Harare South areas of Mbare and Waterfalls.[10] The home seekers who bought stands through their allegiance to Zanu PF had their houses razed down by city authorities a few weeks after they were allocate stands.

It is believed that Midzi together with other party leaders took advantage of irregularities in the city department of housing to allocate stands illegally to people. Midzi has also been close associated with a violent youth wing called Chipangano which is based in the Mbare suburb of Harare.[11]

In January 2015, war veterans and residents from Hopley and Ushewekunze suburbs brought up the issue of corruption against Midzi stating that he got into power by being corrupt. They claimed that Midzi together with Savanhu and Shadreck Mashayamombe had long been promoting corruption in Harare South. They argued that for the past decades, they were forced not to report because these so called and now defunct Zanu PF heavy weights were untouchable. [12]

Rape Allegations

It has been reported that Midzi, Savanhu and Mashayamombe utilised the Chipangano gang which was led by Jim Kunaka to terrorise girls. One informant, identified as Sarudzai Mutetwa explained that these party heavy weights used to take girls at night under the pretext of night camps and raped them. [12] On the basis of this, residents from suburbs in Harare South had since began to campaign for the ouster of Midzi and his accomplice from being Members of Parliament (MPs) on the basis that they have been working against the principles of the party. The matter was reported to Ignatius Chombo who vowed to present it to Mugabe. [12]

Suspension from Zanu PF

Midzi was suspended in early 2015 by the ZANU-PF politburo.He was accused of fanning factionalism and being loyal to the deposed vice president Joice Mujuru. He was given a five-year suspension.[13]

Further Reading


  1. , Amos Midzi, Retrieved: 28 Oct 2014
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 2.5 2.6 2.7 ZIMBABWE CABINET BIOGRAPHIC INFORMATION, Wikileaks, Published: 9 Aug 2002, Retrieved: 9 Jun 2015
  3. Surprise for Midzi Family, Mafaro Dotcoms, Published: July 22, 2015, Retrieved: July 22, 2015
  4. , Amos Midzi Found,The Herald, published:9 Jun 2015,retrieved:9 June "
  5. , Amos Midzi, "Who is Who S.A?", retrieved:28 Oct 2014"
  6. , Classified By: Pol/Econ Chief Glenn Warren under 1.4 b/d,Wililiks Cable,retrieved:9 Jun 2015"
  7. 7.0 7.1 , Amos Midzi fingered in "spygate" saga, "Sunday Mail", published:05 Oct 2014,retrieved:28 Oct 2014"
  8. [1], " Zanu PF in runaway gang scare ", Daily News, Published: 29 July 2012, Retrieved: 1 August 2019
  9. [2], " Zanu PF finally admit control of Chipangano gang ", The Herald, Published: 24 July 2012, Retrieved: 1 August 2019
  10. , Zimbabwe: Zanu-PF's Amos Midzi Ripped-Off Desperate Epworth Home-Seekers, "", published, 30 Oct 2012, retrieved:28 Oct 2014"
  11. , 'Amos Midzi is Chipangano godfather,' says Tsvangirai, "Harare 24",retrieved:28 Oct 2014"
  12. 12.0 12.1 12.2 Midzi accused of promoting rape and graft, New Zimbabwe, published:11 Jan 2015,retrieved:12 January 2015"
  13. , Zanu PF expels seven more heavy weights over Mujuru revolt,New Zimbabwe, published:21 May 2015,retrieved:9 Jun 2015"

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