Kudzanayi Chipanga (Kudzai for short) is a politician and member of the Zanu-PF party. He is the current Secretary of Youth Affairs in the party, making him the head of the party's Youth League. Chipanga was appointed by Robert Mugabe on 3 September 2016.
After the military generals threatened to intervene in Zimbabwe's politics on 13 November 2017, the following day Chipanga issued a press statement against the threat declaring that the Youth League was prepared to die for Robert Mugabe.
On the night of 14 November 2017, Kudzai Chipanga was reportedly arrested by the military following their takeover of the country. Following his arrest the Zanu-PF Youth League released a statement saying that he was fine and that they were complying with what it called the “National Democratic Project.”
On the evening of 15 November, Chipanga appeared on national TV apologising to the military generals for his statement the previous day.
A Summary of Kudzai Chipanga Timeline in Politics
09/11/2017 Kudzanayi Chipanga apologised to the Zimbabwe Defence Forces (ZDF) and Commander Constantino Chiwenga for a press statement he issued saying that they are prepared to die for President Robert Mugabe and that as the Commander of the Zimbabwe Defence Force he should not hide behind the barrel of the gun. Chiopanga said that the press statement he delivered was given to him by Rodney Dangarembizi.[[https://news.pindula.co.zw/2017/11/16/press-statement-chipangas-full-apology-military/Press Statement: Chipanga’s full apology to the military]]
08/11/2017 The Zanu-PF Youth League warned General Constantino Chiwenga that they were prepared to die for President Robert Mugabe and that as the Commander of the Zimbabwe Defence Force he should not hide behind the barrel of the gun. This was in response to the general’s statement that the military would not hesitate to protect the gains of the revolution following the dismissal of former Vice President Emmerson Mnangagwa.[Hide Behind The Barrel Of A Gun. We’re Ready To Die for Mugabe: Chipanga, Zanu- PF Youth League Tells General Chiwenga]
06/11/2017 Chipanga released a press statement supporting the dismissall of Emmerson Mnangagwa[Statement: Zanu-PF Youth League supports Grace Mugabe’s call for Mnangagwa to be fired]
19/10/2017 Kudzanayi Chipanga was reportedly accused of attempting to block first lady Grace Mugabe’s ascension to the vice presidency by resisting efforts to amend the party constitution at the coming Zanu-PF Extraordinary Congress. Chipanga who has made a name for himself through constant boot licking at party events is also being accused of being a member of Team Lacoste, the faction which is supporting Vice President Emmerson Mnangagwa to succeed President Robert Mugabe. Chipanga is reported to have faced the charges at the ongoing International Festival of Students and Youth in Sochi, Russia.[Youth Leader Chipanga accused of attempting to block Grace’s rise to the Vice Presidency]
24/08/2017 Kudzai Chipanga urged Government to grab remaining farms in the province and give them to the youth.He said that most of the youth did not benefit from the land reform programme because they were young when it took place.[urges Govt to grab remaining farms in Midlands Province]
23/07/2017 Addressing youths gathered for an inter-district meeting in Gweru ahead of the Midlands Presidential Youth Interface meeting to be held on September 2, 2017, Zanu-PF National Youth League chairperson Kudzai Chipanga said that only President Robert Mugabe’s candidature is guaranteed in 2018 and the rest have to fight for their positions.[Mugabe is safe, the rest can be removed come 2018: Chipanga]
13/08/2017 Kudzai Chipanga, claimed that Zanu-PF and President Robert Mugabe is guaranteed to win next year’s harmonised elections. Speaking at Presidential Youth Interface rally at Pelandaba Stadium in Gwanda.[Victory is certain, there is no party that will defeat Zanu PF says Chipanga]
05/06/2017 Kudzai Chipanga, leader of the ZanuF Youth League wants President Mugabe to reverse the sale of Barclays Bank of Zimbabwe (BBZ) to First Merchant Bank of Malawi (FMB). According to Chipanga, the sale is in direct violation of the country’s indigenisation laws and leaves the country open to sabotage.[wants govt to reverse sale of Barclays due to indigenisation laws]
28/04/2017 Kasukuwere suspends Chitungwiza Councillors for stealing State land, Kudzanai Chipanga was also involved.[suspends Chitungwiza Councillors for stealing State land, Kudzanai Chipanga also involved]
2/04/2017 Zanu-PF youths in Mutare allegedly manhandled Deputy Minister of Local Government, Public Works, and National Housing Christopher Chingosho. The minister had accused youth leader Kudzai Chipanga of de-campaigning him in Headlands. The youths wanted to beat up Chingosho for allegedly denigrating Chipanga. The minister was pushed and shoved and was only saved from a beating by Dangamvura/Chikanga legislator Esau Mupfumi.[youths manhandle Dep. Minister, accuse him of denigrating Kudzai Chipanga]
19/04/2017 The Zanu-PF youth league joined calls by the party’s six provinces for local government minister and the party’s national commissar Saviour Kasukuwere to be dismissed.The league’s secretary Kudzai Chipanga was evasive at first but confirmed that as youth there was nothing they could do as the matter was now before the politburo. He also said that the youth league only stands with President Robert Mugabe and the First Lady’s decision.[youth withdraw support for Saviour Kasukuwere]
27/02/2017 Speaking during Mugabe’s 93rd birthday celebration in Matobo, Matabeleland South province, on Saturday, Zanu PF youth leader, Kudzanai Chipanga called on Mugabe to fire all his four Cabinet ministers in charge of economic ministries, accusing them of spending time politicking instead of crafting turn around strategies for the country’s comatose economy.[PF youth want Mugabe to fire all Cabinet ministers in charge of economic ministries]
27/01/2017 Kudzai Chipanga‘s Headlands farmhouse burned down and the youth leader reportedly lost property worth $15 000 when the 12 roomed farmhouse caught fire.Chipanga ruled out any foul play saying that he suspected an electrical fault.[Chipanga’s house burns down]
18/12/2016 Kudzai Chipanga said they will push for February 21 which is President Robert Mugabe’s birthday, to be declared a national holiday. He also said that they want him to be life President of the party.[PF Youth want Mugabe to be declared life President & his birthday to be a national holiday]
18/11/2016 Addressing party supporters at a provincial inter-district conference meeting in Mutare Kudzai Chipanga warned the party to unite and to get rid of factionalism otherwise they face a resounding election defeat in 2018.[Chipanga Warns Zanu-PF to Unite Ahead of 2018]
19 /10/ 2016 Kudzai Chipanga handed over 5 000 residential stands to the youth in Norton.[PF hands over 5 000 stands in Norton ahead of by-election]