Gift Mugano

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Gift Mugano is a Zimbabwean academic, financial analyst and economist. He is the former Ziscosteel interim chairperson.


Mugano is a holder of a PhD, in Economics, from Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University (2013), a Master of Science in Economics, from the University of Zimbabwe (2008), a Master of Science in Operations Research from the National University of Science and Technology (2007), and a Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Economics, also from the University of Zimbabwe (2004).[1]



In June 2020, Gift Mugano resigned as board chair of Ziscosteel less than a year after his appointment in September 2019. In a letter to industry and commerce minister Sekai Nzenza, Mugano said he was unwilling to trade his freedom to comment candidly on policy issues in exchange for the position.

Mugano criticised the attempt to silence him saying it was inconsistent with the government’s stated position on freedom of expression.

On 29 June 2020, Nzenza said she had accepted Mugano’s resignation, insisting that he was only a transitional chairman.[2]

In an exclusive interview with Great Dyke Tv in July 2020, he revealed that he resigned from the chairmanship of the Ziscosteel board because of the interference of the government officials in his duties including Finance Minister Mthuli Ncube.

Mugano said he was under pressure over his comments on the auction system and the suspension of mobile money platforms in the public media which were perceived to be in conflict with government policy.

He said:

"I had many issues with the Ministry of Finance, the issue is with the Minister of Finance in particular. He saw my views on the recent policies of suspending mobile payment platforms and the auction system as very critical and political. So my then line Minister for Industry and Commerce Dr Sekai Nzenza said l should zip my mouth because l had said l will withdraw myself from the state enterprise. From where l sit, l didn’t see any value of that because l believe that policymaking is a cycle and whenever a policy is presented it has to go under public speaking for people to see whether it is ok, so you would hope that the policymaker will be able to listen to those views and then be able to improve the policies."



He worked as a Senior Advisor to the Government of Zimbabwe under the Adam Smith International Zimbabwe Project – a multi-million-dollar Market System Development/Making Markets work for the Poor (M4P) programme funded by the Danish International Development Agency (DANIDA) and the UK Department for International Development (DFID) which fell under the World Bank’s Business Enabling Environment Programme (BEEP). Under this programme, his work contributed to a number of pieces of legislative and non-legislative reforms which were aimed at improving the business environment for small and large enterprises in Zimbabwe.

Prior to this, he served the Government of Zimbabwe under the Ministry of Industry and Commerce for six years in various capacities. Gift Mugano also represented Zimbabwe at various forums on trade negotiations and investment missions abroad (Heads of State & Government Summits, Council of Ministers, Senior Officials of Trade & Technical Committees) at bilateral, regional and multilateral levels in Belgium, Switzerland, South Africa, Swaziland, Zambia, Botswana, People’s Republic of China and South Korea. He has done consultancy for DFID, British Council, Parliament of Zimbabwe, NIR Sweden, GIZ and UNFPA.[1]


He is a visiting lecturer with the University of Zimbabwe’s Graduate School of Management and Namibia Business School. Gift Mugano is also a Research Associate with Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University. He previously taught at Bindura University of Science Education and Women's University in Africa and Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University’s Business School. [1]


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Gift Mugano,, Published: No Date Given, Retrieved: May 9, 2022
  2. Ziscosteel chairman quits after accusing minister of trying to gag him, ZimLive, Published: June 29, 2020, Retrieved: May 9, 2022
  3. Jeoffrey Ncube, I Resigned From Ziscosteel Because of Mthuli- Professor Mugano.,, Published: July 2, 2020, Retrieved: May 9, 2022

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