Kembo Mohadi

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Kembo Mohadi
Kembo Mohadi
BornKembo Dugish Campell
(1949-11-15) November 15, 1949 (age 74)
EducationBeitbridge Primary School, Manama Secondary School
  • Politician
Political partyZimbabwe African National Union Patriotic Front
Spouse(s)Tambudzayi Mohadi
ChildrenCampbell Trevor Mohadi Son

Kembo Mohadi (Kembo Dugish Campell Mohadi) is a Zimbabwean politician who is the Vice President of Zimbabwe and second secretary of Zanu-PF. He was reappointed on 8 September 2023 following his resignation on 1 March 2021. He was a member of parliament for Beitbridge, Matabeleland South Province. Mohadi is a member of the Zanu PF Central Committee and Politburo.

Personal Details

Born: 15 November 1949 in Beitbridge. In family of six - Mohadi has five siblings, two boys and three girls. [1].
Marriage: to Tambudzayi Mohadi . They have a son - Campbell Trevor Mohadi. [2]
Children: He has a son Kgosidintsi who was reported to the police by a Bulawayo resident Sibukekile Moyo over a 2019 accident. A police report, CR 202/08/19, seen by NewsDay showed that the accident reportedly happened on 24 August 2019 in Bulawayo and that Mohadi, of Glen Lorne in Harare, paid a fine, reference Z69J 278748A, for driving without due care and attention.

Moyo told NewsDay that after the accident, Mohadi undertook to pay for the repairs to her car, as well as three other cars that were damaged as a result of his conduct. Moyo said Kgosidintsi owed her US$800 for the repairs, and that the former Vice-President had asked her to give him the quotations, but nothing materialised from him too.

She alleged that Kgosidintsi later claimed that he was a student, while his father was a civil servant and so they could not afford to pay that kind of amount. [3]

In July 2022, his daughter Mrs Abigail Millicent Mohadi Ambrose, was appointed Comissioner of Zimbabwe Electoral Commission. She is an accountant by profession.

School / Education

Mohadi attended his Sub A up to Standard One in Beitbridge Mtetengwe Primary School.
Then Gwanda Primary School for Standard 2.
He then went to Manama Secondary School in Matabeleland South where he did not finish his education after being expelled.

Service / Career

Mohadi joined the liberation struggle at the age of 27 in 1972 (this does not correspond with his given Date of Birth) when he left for Zambia. He was reported to have then migrated to Moscow, Russia where he reportedly received his military training. He returned to Zimbabwe and was attested into the ZAPU department called Zimbabwe Intelligence Services but Mohadi was later detained at Khami Prison, in 1976 until 1980 when the country attained independence. [4]

In the Zimbabwe 1985 Parliamentary Election, Beitbridge returned to Parliament:

In the 1990 Parliamentary Election (see A History of Zimbabwean Elections) Beitbridge returned to Parliament:

  • Kembo Mohadi of Zanu PF with 16 190 votes,
  • Simon Ncube of ZUM with 2 624 votes.

Turnout - 21 502 or 52.43 %

In the 2000 Parliamentary Election (see A History of Zimbabwean Elections) Beitbridge returned to Parliament:

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

Total 15 120 votes

Positions Held

  • 2002 - 2015 - Minister of Home Affairs. [5]
  • 2014 -Zanu-PF Deputy Secretary for Security[6]
  • 2015 - 2017 Minister of State for National Security in the Presidents Office.


Bid for Vice Presidency

After the death of vice president John Nkomo, Mohadi was one of the former ZAPU members who openly contested for the post of the Vice President which was vacant. [7] He, together with the likes of Simon Khaya Moyo, Ambrose Mutinhiri and Obert Mpofu openly declared that they were suitable for the post. His bid, however, did not succeed as Robert Mugabe appointed Justice Minister Emmerson Mnangagwa as the first vice president and Phelekezela Mphoko as the second vice president in December 2014.

There is only one vacancy and that is the VP's post. I have offered myself for the post. I am not cheap and I am for the big race. Who doesn't want power? We all want power; even if you were to be nominated or elected, would you refuse? I will be equally happy and I am ready for the game," he said [7],

Visit to Prophet Bushiri

In November 2016 a video emerged on social media showing Mohadi attending a church service by Malawian ‘prophet’ Shepherd Bushiri. In the video, Bushiri promised Mohadi “the crown” and an end to his financial troubles. It was not immediately clear when the church service had been held. Mohadi, in the video, nodded “I receive, Man of God” several times. [8]

Video of Kembo Mohadi at Bushiri religious event

Appointment as Vice President

On 28 December 2017, Kembo Mohadi was appointed as the Vice President of Zimbabwe and the second Secretary of Zanu-PF by the president Emmerson Mnangagwa. Mohadi was sworn in as Vice President with Constantino Chiwenga as the other vice president by Chief Justice Luke Malaba. Chiwenga And Kembo Mohadi Appointed Vice Presidents

Missing $15 Billion

In April 2018 it was reported that Kembo Mohadi Was Summoned Over Missing $15 Billion

White City explosion

On 23 June 2018, Mohadi was injured and had to be rushed to hospital when a bomb exploded at White City Stadium during a Zanu-PF rally.


Vice President Kembo Mohadi resigned from his post on 1 March 2021 in the wake of damning immoral allegations (Kembo Mohadi Cheating Affair) which dogged him towards the end of February 2021. In tendering his resignation, VP Mohadi maintained his innocence saying he is a victim of “information distortion, voice cloning, and sponsored spooking and political sabotage.”

“Following the recurring dis-information and virilisation of my alleged immoral unions, dispensed through awkward slacktivism, I am stepping down as the Vice President of the Republic of Zimbabwe in terms of Section 96(2) of the constitution of Zimbabwe (No.20) Act, 2013 with immediate effect.” [9]

After his resignation, it was announced on 2 June 2021 that he been redeployed at Zanu-PF party headquarters and would be in charge of party affairs full time. [10]

Involvement in Lawsuits

Land Dispute

In 2009 he sued his Zanu-PF colleague Joseph Made, who was the then Minister of Agriculture. It was reported that Mohadi's Beitbridge farm was invaded by war veterans. The invaders destroyed his fence and let loose 75 cattle valued at about US $6, 000. [11]

Defamation Lawsuit

In 2013 Mohadi sued the Standard newspaper for defamation after it had published an open letter written by the then Bulawayo MP, Eddie Cross insinuating that Mohadi was involved in the vandalism of electricity cables. The US$30 million lawsuits were however dismissed by the courts. [12]

Alleged Involvement in Murder

It was reported that Mohadi has a pending case in which he is alleged to have organised the murder of his wife’s lover, Strover Mutonhori in 1999.[13]


Mohadi was credited for initiating talks with the South African Interior Affairs ministry regarding the visa and passports issuing on Zimbabwean citizens residing in South Africa. In 2014, the passport renewal regulations were revised and made easier for Zimbabweans in South Africa to easily renew work permits without travelling back to Zimbabwe for the process. [14]

Business Interests

Mohadi was once a shareholder in a company called Nerry Investments owned by Reginald McGillivray. The two, however, went two ways after a dispute related to the running of the business and the matter was settled in court resulting in Mohadi's ouster. [15] Mohadi was alleged to have made a series of attempts to remove McGillivray from the business but he did not succeed. Mohadi once managed two Beitbridge companies, Redqueen Trading Pvt Ltd and Spoornet Pvt Ltd, belonging to Dawson.[15]


He is a commercial farmer majoring in crop production and livestock in the Matabeleland South province.

Further Reading


  1. Liberation war heroine Mohadi buried
  2. Kembo Mohadi, wife face imprisonment
  3. SHARON SIBINDI, Mohadi’s son in accident dispute, NewsDay, Published: October 25, 2021, Retrieved: October 25, 2021
  4. Kembo Dugish Campbell Mohadi Published:xxxx, Retrieved: July 9, 2015,
  5. Mohadi to head CIOs who tortured him , , Published:07 July 2015 , Retrieved: 23 November 2017
  6. I want to be the Vice President: says Minister Kembo Mohadi, , Published: 24 August 2014 , Retrieved: 23 November 2017
  7. 7.0 7.1 , [1] I want to be the Vice President: says Minister Kembo Mohadi, MyZim, Published:24 August 2014, Retrieved:16 December 2014
  8. Video of Zanu PF Minister’s visit to prophet Bushiri surfaces, Pindula News, Published:7 Nov 2016, Retrieved: Oct 2016
  9. Mukudzei Chingwere, [2], Herald, Published: 1 March, 2021, Accessed: 1 March, 2021
  10. Lovemore, Former Vice President Kembo Mohadi Redeployed, Pindula News, Published: June 2, 2021, Retrieved: June 4, 2021
  11. Zimbabwe Ministers sue each other over land, New Zimbabwe, Published: No Date Given, Retrieved: July 9, 2015,
  12. The Standard wins Mohadi case, Newsday, Published: February 12, 2013, Retrieved: July 9, 2015,
  13. to head CIOs who tortured him, , Published: 07 July 2015 , Retrieved:23 November 2017
  14. T. Mugabe, SA Invites Mohadi, "The Herald", Published:29 July 2014, Retrieved:16 December 2014
  15. 15.0 15.1 B Muponde, Mohadi suffers another blow, Newsday, Published:13 April 2014, Retrieved: 16 December 2014

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