June 8, 1959
|Political party||Zimbabwe African National Union Patriotic Front|
Mandi Chimene is the former Manicaland Provincial Affairs minister.She is also former Makoni South member of parliament as well as chairperson of the Zimbabwe-China Friendship Association .Chimene was expelled from the ruling party Zanu-PF in November 2017 after a military initiative code named Operation Restore Legacy.
She attended Zamula Primary School before enrolling at St Josephs High School where she dropped out at Form 3. Speaking at the official opening of the Jibilika Dance Festival in Mutare on Friday 26 August 2016, Chimene disclosed her academic qualifications,
I am here because I knew and pursued what or where I am best at. I went to Zamula for my primary and went to St Josephs for my secondary education up to Form Three, but I am now a Minister of State. Don’t condemn yourself. You can be a star from wherever you are. Just know what you are good at and work on it.
Mandi Chimene rose to political prominence when she was elected Member of parliament for Makoni South constituency. Following the restructuring exercise in Zimbabwe African National Union Patriotic Front, Chimene was appointed the Minister of State for Manicaland Provincial Affairs replacing Chris Mushowe. She has also been a member of the ZANU PF Central Committee member for several years.
- Member of parliament for Makoni South
- Minister of State for Manicaland Provincial Affairs
- Chairperson: Zimbabwe-China Friendship Association
Publicly accusing Mnangagwa of factionalism
In July 2016, at a rally organised by a group of war veterans to show support to President Robert Mugabe and attended by the President, the first lady and both vice presidents. Chimene gave a speech during which she accused the country's then vice president Emmerson Mnangagwa of leading a faction:
They started way back when we heard of Tsholotsho….we have nurtured it..it’s now here again, if people are smart they create something that looks like his . The person who created Lacoste also created G40…I know of Lacoste and the leader. I’m accused of being a G40 member but I don’t know my leader.
What was known as Tsholotsho was led by Cde Mnangagwa, this Lacoste is now led by Cde Mnangagwa..as you seat there you are now two Governments because some ministers are known to be supporters of Cde Mnangagwa
Mnangagwa did not respond to the accusations, remaining silent as he looked on.
The Makoni South legislator is said to have organised a trip to China for members of parliament from Zimbabwe African National Union Patriotic Front. After their arrival, some members of the party are said to have arranged another trip 2000 km away from Beijing but the plan ended in the legislators missing their flight back home. Some of the members of parliament are said to have travelled using air tickets meant for disabled people.
Mutasa "Ally" Farm Debacle
Chimene was accused of having set in motion a plan to evict Christine Murembwe and Leonard Taylor from the farm that they co-owned. It was speculated that since Murembwe was a former aide of Mutasa, Mandi Chimene was victimising the pair because of their relations with Didymus Mutasa. Chimene's attempts to evict the pair were halted by the High court and ordered to vacate the property.
Rift with Oppah Muchinguri
After an audio clip was leaked to the press in which Oppah Muchinguri is said to have attacked Chimene and questioned her appointments, Chimene allegedly responded to Muchinguri's remarks by stating that she wont lose sleep over such utterances. She also shot down claims in the tape which suggested that she smokes marijuana. The rift between the two is said to have started as far back as 1999 when she Mandi wanted to contest for a Central Committee position but was blocked by Oppah Muchinguri.
Expulsion from Parliament
Chimene was expelled from Parliament after being sacked from the Zanu-PF party .Deputy Speaker of the National Assembly Cde Mabel Chinomona announced that by operation of the law, the constituency of Makoni South was now vacant.
- Chimene unveils her man, Manica Post, Published: No date given, Retrieved: August 7, 2015
- Blessed Mhlanga, I’m a Form 3 dropout: Chimene, NewsDay, published: August 29, 2016, retrieved: August 29, 2016
- Minister Chimene savages Muchinguri as Zanu PF factionalism gets dirtier, Zimbabwe News Live, Published: No date given, Retrieved: August 7, 2015
- Felex Share and Costa Mano, LIVE BLOG: PRESIDENT MUGABE MEETS WAR VETERANS, The Herald, Published:27 July 2016, Retrieved: 28 July 2016
- Paidamoyo Muzulu China junket exposes MPs, The Standard, Published: July 13, 2014, Retrieved: August 7, 2015
- Everson Mushava Minister thrown out of Mutasa ally farm, NewsDay, Published: July 17, 2015, Retrieved: August 7, 2015
- Obey Manayiti Chimene rubbishes Muchinguri slur, NewsDay, Published: July 7, 2015, Retrieved: August 7, 2015
- [ http://www.herald.co.zw/just-in-parly-expels-five-mps/], UPDATED: Parly expels 5 Zanu-PF MPs, Published: November 29 2017, Retrieved: 29 November 2017