Gwinyai Henry Muzorewa

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BornGwinyai Henry Muzorewa
EducationGarrett-Evangelical Seminary
Alma materUnion Theological Seminary
OccupationAcademic, Minister of Religion

Gwinyai Henry Muzorewa is a Zimbabwe clergyman, politician and the president of the United African National Council (UANC).

He is a professor of theology at Lincoln University, Pennsylvania, the first degree-granting historically black university in the United States.[1]


He is a younger brother to the late former Zimbabwe-Rhodesia Prime Minister Bishop Abel Muzorewa who led the country between 1978 and 1979.[2]


Muzorewa holds the following academic qualifications:

  • Master of Divinity from Garrett-Evangelical Seminary
  • Master of Philosophy and Doctor of Philosophy from the Union Theological Seminary

He was a leader at Epworth Theological College in Zimbabwe and later became the chair of the Department of History, Political Science, Pan-African Studies, Philosophy, and Religion at Lincoln University.[3]


As a theologian and academic, Muzorewa has authored several books that include:

  • Christ as Our Ancestor: Christology from an African Perspective
  • Mission Studies Bibliography
  • Religion, Race and Nationalism
  • A College Introduction to Religion
  • The Great Being: Creator, Yahweh, Chuku, Allah, God, Brahman: An Introduction to the World's Major Religions
  • The Origins and Development of African Theology
  • African Origins of Monotheism: Challenging the Eurocentric Interpretation of God Concepts on the Continent and in Diaspora


Muzorewa donates part of his salary to Lincoln University's scholarship fund for first-generation college students, many of whom are from impoverished neighborhoods in New York, Washington, D.C. and Philadelphia.

He has also dedicated his time and effort to helping orphans and widows affected by the Zimbabwe War of Liberation.

Political Career

In 2018, Muzorewa approached the High Court seeking an order to compel the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission to accept his nomination papers.[4]

ZEC had refused to accept Muzorewa's presidential nomination papers on the nomination day for having filed them late.

He said the delays were caused by officials at the Registrar-General’s Office (RG) who took too long to issue him with a replacement birth certificate.

However, Muzorewa's name did not appear on the ballot paper for presidential candidates on polling day.

Nomination Court June 2023

The nomination court on 21 June 2023 produced eleven presidential candidates for the August elections.[5] They are:

Elisabeth Valerio Duly Nominated

On 16 August 2023, ZEC chief elections officer, Utloile Silaigwana said: following an order of the Electoral Court sitting in Harare, issued on 19 July 2023, Ms. Elisabeth Isabel Valerio, a candidate sponsored by the United Zimbabwe Alliance (UZA) party, is hereby declared a duly nominated Presidential candidate. The other aspiring presidential candidates, Saviour Kasukuwere and Linda Masarira’s appeals were rejected by the courts. Her nomination papers were rejected despite providing bank-stamped proof of her request to initiate a ZWL transfer of funds to the ZEC bank account for the required nomination fees equivalent to US$20 000. The other candidates are Emmerson Mnangagwa of Zanu PF, Joseph Makamba Busha of Free Zim Congress, Nelson Chamisa of CCC, Trust Chikohora of ZCPD, Blessing Kasiyamhuru of ZIPP, Lovemore Madhuku of NCA, Wilbert Mubaiwa of NPC, Gwinyai Henry Muzorewa of UANC, Douglas Mwonzora of MDC and Wilson Harry Peter of DOP. [6]

2023 Results

Presidential Votes
Candidate (Party) Number of Votes % of votes
Joseph Makamba Busha (FreeZim Congress) 18 816 0.4%
Nelson Chamisa (CCC) 1 968 343 44.3%
Trust Chikohora (ZCPD) 10 230 0.2%
Blessing Kasiyamhuru (ZIPP) 13 060 0.3%
Lovemore Madhuku (NCA) 5 323 0.1%
Emmerson Mnangagwa (Zanu PF) 2 350 711 52.9%
Wilbert Mubaiwa (National People's Congress) (NPC) 53 517 1.2%
Gwinyai Henry Muzorewa (UANC) 7 053 0.1%
Elisabeth Valerio (UZA) 6 989 0.15%
Harry Peter Wilson (Democratic Opposition Party) (DOP) 6 743 0.15%

Total votes: 4 440 449

Further Reading

  1. , Gwinyai H. Muzorewa, WIPF, Published: No Date was Given, Retrieved: 27 June 2023
  2. Byron Adonis Mutingwende, UANC will form Zimbabwe’s next government after 2023 election: Muzorewa, SPIKED, Published: No Date was Given, Retrieved: 27 June 2023
  3. , Rev. Dr. Gwinyai Muzorewa Recognized as Devoted Leader in Theological Studies and Politics, Marquis Who's Who, Published: 20 September 2021, Retrieved: 27 June 2023
  4. Charles Laiton, Muzorewa sues Zec over rejected nomination papers, NewsDay, Published: 22 June 2018, Retrieved: 27 June 2023
  5. 11 candidates vie for Presidency, The Herald, Published: 23 June 2023, Retrieved: 23 June 2023
  6. ZEC Declares Elisabeth Valerio A Duly Nominated Presidential Candidate, Pindula, Published: 16 August 2023, Retrieved: 18 August 2023

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