Douglas Mombeshora
Douglas Mombeshora, Minister of Lands and Rural Resettlement
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BornDouglas Mombeshora
  • Minister of Lands and Rural Resettlement
  • Member of Parliament for Mhangura
EmployerGovernment of Zimbabwe
OrganizationMinistry of Lands and Rural Resettlement
Political partyZimbabwe African National Union Patriotic Front
Spouse(s)Millicent Mombeshora

Douglas Mombeshora is a Zimbabwean medical doctor who is a member of Zanu Pf. He is the current Minister of Lands and Rural Resettlement. He is also the Member of Parliament for Mhangura constituency. Mombeshora is a Zanu-Pf central committee member in Mashonaland West.


Douglas Mombeshora is married to Millicent Mombeshora who works for the Zimbabwe Media Commission.[1]


Political career

During the GNU period, Mombeshora was the Deputy Minister of Health and Child Welfare. [2] Following the collapse of the GNU, Mombeshora was elected as Member of Parliament for Mhangura and appointed Minister of Lands and Rural Settlement in September 2013 by Robert Mugabe. [3]

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

  • Douglas Mombeshora of Zanu PF with 17 846 votes or 90.09 percent,
  • Thomas Maseko of MDC–T with 1 659 votes or 8.37 percent,
  • Tafadzwa Chiutsi of MDC–N with 304 votes or 1.53 percent,

Total 19 809 votes

In 2014 he was elected in the ZANU PF central committee in Mashonaland West province together with Philip Chiyangwa.[4]

Mombeshora Sports Tournament

Douglas Mombeshora is also involved in sport as he started the Mombeshora Sports Tournament in 2007. The tournament is held annually in Mhangura and involves ball games namely football, netball and volleyball. [5]


Kingdom Bank Debt

The High Court of Zimbabwe ordered the sale of Mombeshora's Borrowdale house in a bid to repay a debt owed to Kingdom Bank in December 2013. Although the amount of the debt could not be established, the house was valued at over $300 000 according to estimates.[1]

Save Conservancy

On 6 September 2014 - Zanu PF Save Valley ‘looters’ named

Senior Zanu PF officials and securocrats who were given concessions in the famed Save Valley Conservancy, in a move that has divided the party and invited fresh threats of sanctions against the country, have been exposed.

Walter Mzembi said handing out parts of conservancies to party activists was threatening the hosting of United Nations World Tourism Organisation General Assembly, for 2015, in Victoria Falls. According to documents with Newsday, those named:


among others.
Chiredzi South MP Ailess Baloyi claimed he had been elected the new Save Valley Conservancy chairman. [6]

Suncrest Debt

In August 2015, Mombeshora was dragged to court by Crest Poultry Group which trades as Suncrest for failure to honour a grower agreement where he was supposed to rear chickens and supply them to the company. [7] Mombeshora was supplied with chicks’ food and chemicals for the birds and was supposed to grow the birds to an average weight of 1,8 kg at or in less than 42 days but he failed to supply the required amount of chickens to offset the supplied goods. Suncrest alleged that Mombeshora owed them $24 027 and that it was forced to take action after several concessions offered to the minister failed to secure a solution.[8] The matter was referred to trial by High Court judge Nicholas Mathonsi after the holding of a pre-trail conference.[8]

Worst Minister

According to a report released in August 2015 by the Research and Advocacy Unit (RAU) titled Occasional Visitors Re-Visited: Attendance in the First Session of the 8th Parliament of Zimbabwe, Mombeshora was named as one of ministers with the worst attendance record among ministers in the current Parliament.[9] The report stated that he had an attendance record of 27% and was tied with Home Affairs Minister, Ignatius Chombo.[9]

Farm Mechanisation Scheme

In July 2020, Douglas Mombeshora was listed, in the BSR of 18 July 2020, as a beneficiary in the 2007 RBZ Farm Mechanisation Scheme, as a result of the Fast Track Land Reform Programme.

The data is analysed by recipients origin:.

  • Mashonaland provinces had the most beneficiaries, both in terms of numbers and value.

Mashonaland East got US$47,5 million,
Mashonaland West US$44,7 million
Mashonaland Central had US$34,2 million.

  • Two Matebeleland provinces had a combined total of US$13,9 million.
  • Masvingo US$26,4 million,
  • Manicaland US$18 million
  • Midlands US$14 million.

Douglas Mombeshora of Folkington Farm, and his wife, Millicent Mombeshora, who was a senior official at the Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe, is listed under the thematic group “Politically Exposed Persons”. He received a loan of US$312,528.00. [10]

Land Dispute

It has been alleged that Douglas Mombeshora got involved in a land dispute with Manyame Rural District Councill and traditional leaders from Seke Communal lands.Sources revelead that the local authority drew some plans and submitted them to the Ministry of Local Government Public Works and National Housing who are said to have approved the plan and recommended some changes.However Mombeshora is reported to have gone to the same land and started distributing the land which left the councilors with no option but to confront the minister.[11]


  1. 1.0 1.1 Minister’s wife loses house to bank, NewsDay, Published: December 13, 2015, Retrieved: September 1, 2015
  2. Provision of quality health a priority: Mombeshora, ZBC, Published: October 19, 2010, Retrieved: September 1, 2015
  3. BREAKING NEWS: President Mugabe appoints new Cabinet, Herald, Published: September 10, 2013, Retrieved: September 1, 2015
  4. Obey Manayati, Muchinguri, Mutsvangwa retain Zanu PF central committee posts, NewsDay, Published: November 23, 2014, Retrieved: September 1, 2015
  5. Prizes galore at Mombeshora sports tourney, ZBC, Published: August 29, 2015, Retrieved: September 1, 2015
  6. Zanu PF Save Valley ‘looters’ named, Nehanda Radio, Published: 6 September 2014, Retrieved: 31 December 2021
  7. Minister Mombeshora sued, ZBC, Published: August 13, 2015, Retrieved: September 1, 2015
  8. 8.0 8.1 Tendai Kamhungira, Minister Mombeshora in 'soup' over $24k debt, Daily News, Published: August 14, 2015, Retrieved: September 1, 2015
  9. 9.0 9.1 ‘Worst’ ministers revealed, NewsDay, Published: August 19, 2015, Retrieved: September 1, 2015
  10. https://www.bigsr.co.uk/single-post/2020/07/18/BSR-EXCLUSIVE-Beneficiaries-of-the-RBZ loan of US$325,368.00-Farm-Mechanisation-Scheme BSR EXCLUSIVE: Beneficiaries of the RBZ Farm Mechanisation Scheme], Big Saturday Read, Published: 18 July 2020 Retrieved: 18 July 2020
  11. Andrew Kunambura (Septmber 29, 2016). "Douglas Mombeshora in land row =". The Financial Gazette. Retrieved October 9, 2017. Check date values in: |date= (help)