|Born||Martin Tafara Dinha|
|Alma mater||UZ; WITS|
|Employer||Government of Zimbabwe|
|Political party||Zimbabwe African National Union Patriotic Front|
Martin Dinha is a Zimbabwean politician aligned to the ZANU PF party and minister of state for provincial affairs Mashonaland Central.
Martin Tafara Dinha is married to Mercy Dinha, the couple tied the knot in 1994 and has been together ever since. They also renewed their wedding vows at a ceremony attended by the then vice president Joice Mujuru, among other senior government employees.
Posts Previously Held
- Mayor for Bindura
Death Threats and the Attack
The minister is said to have received death threats on two occasions and the first time he was forced to live at Holiday Inn after having learnt that there were people planning to make an attempt on his life. It was further alleged that Dinha fearing for his life had relocated to Holiday Inn. Dinha was reported to have received death threats in 2008 from Elliot Manyika after the latter had learnt that Dinha wanted to contest for the seat which at that time was held by Manyika. The death threats on Dinha were said to have been a manifestation of the factionalism in the party. In late september of 2013 Dinha survived death by a whisker after he was run over by a motorist driving a toyota hilux. The driver had initially overtaken Dinha while too close to his vehicle before making an abrupt stop in front of Dinha forcing him to apply emergency brakes. After having caused commotion, Chijokwe who was driving the hilux drove off and went to Aerodrome Shopping Centre where Dinha caught up with him. When Dinha disembarked from his vehicle, Chijokwe who was still in his vehicle drove straight at Dinha forcing Dinha to dive in order to avoid the coming vehicle but Dinha was still caught by the vehicle and sustained injuries. Dinha was quoted in the media stating that
He was trying to cause an accident and we stopped him. As we approached him, he drove straight into me forcing me to roll over to the safe side. However, my leg was caught by his vehicle and doctors say it has a crack.
Stance on Factionalism
The minister was quoted speaking against factionalims at the burial of the leader of an apostolic sect arguing that members of the sect should not be caught up in factionalism because it was not in the best interest of the party. The minister also pointed out that factionalism was the work of opportunists who were bent on destroying the party.
Scandal and Controversy
Martin Dinha was reported to have sired a child with a Midlands State University student, it was also further alleged that the affair had been going on for a while and eventually culminated in the birth of the child. The mother of the child Shingirai Makarudze was reported to have claimed that when the affair started she had been misled by Dinha into believing that he was divorced which turned out not to be true. Martin Dinha was also accused of neglecting his son with Shingirai by not giving her money for the boy's upkeep. The woman also claimed that she has not known peace ever since she broke up with Dinha as Dinha was alleged to have been meddling in all her relationships and even went as far as threatening her with unspecified action. Shingirai was quoted saying
He is very possessive and jealous of me to the extent that he does not want to see me being involved in any relationship with anyone, although I am not dating him. He also threatens anyone who enters into a relationship with me. When I met him he said he was not married. Dinha said he was divorced and claimed his wife, Mai Michael was in the United States of America, and I got involved with him after he had promised to marry me. My parents want him to own up on his deeds and pay damages for impregnating me. In 2008, he had agreed to pay the damages and to date he has not done anything.
In his response to the allegations, Dinha was reported to have said
This is extortion my friend you must talk to your source, because she is extorting me
Purchase Of A House For 48 Cents
Martin Dinha was also reported to have purchased a house for 48 cents, a move which was described an an abuse of office. What was most shocking about the alleged purchase was the fact that it occured at a time when the country was already using huge figures such as quadrillions and quintillions at the height of economic meltdown when 48 cents could not buy a sweet or a single toothpick. Key figures involved in the purchase included Ignatius Chombo who was said to have sanctioned the purchase. Contacted to respond to the alleged purchase of the house, Dinha pointed out that
I bought that house for that price because it was a negotiated price and it is not Dinha alone who benefited from the scheme. Every council employee then who was staying in a council house was given an opportunity to buy a house.
Political War Against Fortune Chasi
Dinha was also accused of having engineered the downfall of fellow party member Fortune Chasi by making his life difficult as he could not move around freely in his constituency. Chasi was quoted as having claimed that
The source of all my problems is the dishonest leadership of Martin Dinha. I place the entire issue at his doorstep and I have told him that personally in so many ways. Dinha has been fighting me for many years in the province. First he chucked me out of my farm, Lazy 7, because he wanted to move in the first batch of villagers evicted from Manzou. He even asked me for assistance to transport the people and I gave my lorries. He then asked me to move to another farm in Mvurwi only for him to say later that the ‘top people’ had ordered that I could not settle there. I lost many cattle as a result of that.
Dinha however poured cold water over the allegations stating that he was not aware of such matters and that even though he had spoken to Chasi recently, the latter had not brought up such issues.
On September 2, 2015 Dinha appeared before a Bindura Magistrate facing criminal abuse of office or alternatively bribery charges. Dinha is alleged to have demanded $60 000 from Mr Guy Frank Dollar as protection fee against eviction from his Tzoro Farm in Centenary. Apart from the extortion charge, Dinha was also facing money laundering charges. It is alleged that on April 17, 2013 Dinha transferred $30 000 from his bank account to another account with the same bank. It is further alleged that he withdrew money from the accopunt on several occasions and left only $1, 012, 12. Dinha was asked not to plead when he appeared before court. He was granted $1 000 bail and remanded to October 19, 2015 for trial at the High Court. He was also ordered to surrender his passport and to report every Friday at Bindura Criminal Investigation Department (CID) and not to interfere with State witnesses.
- Peter Matambanadzo Dinha Renews Wedding Vows, The Herald, Published: April 22, 2014, Retrieved: January 15, 2015
- Minister gets death threats, The Zimbabwean, Published: September 15, 2010, Retrieved: January 15, 2015
- Elita Chikwati Dinha Attacker Jailed, The Herald, Published: Sptember 25, 2013, Retrieved: January 15, 2014
- Zanu PF Governor Martin Dinha survives assassination attempt, The ZimDiaspora, Published: June 19, 2013, Retrieved: January 15, 2015 Cite error: Invalid
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- Dinha warns apostolic leaders against factionalism, NewsDay, Published: August 14, 2014, Retrieved: January 15, 2015
- A Zanu PF minister bought a house for 48 Zimbabwe cents, Published: April 20, 2011, Retrieved: January 15, 2015
- Andrew Kunambura More Bad Blood In ZANU-PF, The Financial Gazette, Published: January 13, 2015
- Fungai Lupande, Minister in court for extortion, Herald, Published: September 3, 2015, Retrieved: September 3, 2015
- Dinha arraigned for $ 60, 000 white farmer extortion, Chronicle, Published: September 3, 2015, Retrieved: September 3, 2015
- Charles Laiton, Minister in court over extortion, NewsDay, Published: September 3, 2015, Retrieved: September 3, 2015