Patrick Chinamasa

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Patrick Chinamasa
BornPatrick Chinamasa
(1947-01-25) January 25, 1947 (age 73)
EducationUniversity of Zimbabwe
  • Former Minister of Cyber Security, Threat Detection and Mitigation

EmployerGovernment of Zimbabwe
Home townManicaland
Political partyZimbabwe African National Union Patriotic Front
Spouse(s)Monica Chinamasa
ChildrenKangai Chinamasa, Tinotenda Chinamasa, Gamuchirai Chinamasa, Rebecca Chinamasa

Patrick Anthony Chinamasa is a Zimbabwean politician and a member of the ruling Zanu-PF party. He is the former Minister of Finance and Economic Planning .He was reappointed to the ministry after President Emmerson Mnangagwa had appointed his cabinet in November 2017.Chinamasa is former Minister of Cyber Security Threat Detection and Mitigation. Chinamasa has served as a cabinet Minister since 2000.


He was born to Anthony Chinamasa and Regina Maunga on January 25, 1947, in Nyanga. He was married to Monica Chinamasa until 2007. He then got married to Chiedza Faith Velemu.[1] Chinamasa and Monica had four children namely Tinotenda, Chengetai, Kangai and Camuchirai.[2]


Chinamasa holds a Bachelor of Arts Honours degree in Law from the University of London (1971) and a Diploma in Law from the University of Zimbabwe.

Political Career

Chinamasa started off his political career as a Deputy Agriculture Minister and the Attorney General of Zimbabwe. He also held the role of the leader of the Zimbabwean Parliament.

Following his appointment, as Attorney General it was reported that several judges resigned, complaining of political pressure and interference.

On 17 December 2004, Chinamasa, who had been the Secretary for Legal Affairs of Zanu-PF, was removed from the party’s Politburo. In 2005, Patrick Chinamasa was dismissed Robert Mugabe along with Jonathan Moyo while Mnangagwa was demoted to the lesser influential role position of secretary of legal affairs. Six months later Chinamasa was reinstated to his post.[3]

Positions Held

  • Chinamasa was the first Deputy Minister of Agriculture in independent Zimbabwe before he was appointed to serve as Attorney General in the Ministry of Justice, Legal and Parliamentary Affairs.
  • He served as Minister of Justice, Legal and Parliamentary Affairs between 2000 and 2005.
  • Chinamasa was nominated as Zanu-PF's candidate for the House of Assembly seat from Makoni Central Constituency in the March 2008 parliamentary election, but he was defeated by John Nyamande of the Movement for Democratic Change who garnered 7 060 votes against Chinamasa's 4 055.[4]
  • In 2008, he was appointed Acting Minister of Finance and was credited with introducing the multi-currency system which stopped Zimbabwe's record hyperinflation.[5]
  • Chinamasa was the Minister of Finance and Economic Development from 10 September 2013 – 9 October 2017.On the 9th of September 2017, Robert Mugabe through the Office of the President and Cabinet announced changes to his then cabinet. Chinamasa was moved to a newly created Ministry of Cyber Security, Threat Detection and Mitigation. This portfolio became effective on the 9th of October 2017 in a cabinet reshuffle which was speculated to be a measure adopted to stop factional fighting in the ruling Zanu-PF party.
  • However, when Emmerson Mnangagwa became President of Zimbabwe in November 2017 ,Chinamasa was reappointed to the Ministry of Finance and Economic Planning.

Bribe Allegations

In 2006 he allegedly wanted to bribe James Kaunye after the latter filed a court application to sue Didymus Mutasa's supporters who had insulted him. Kaunye told the court that the Minister called on him at his Yorkshire Farm in Headlands and offered him bribes so that he could drop his complaint against 23 of Mutasa's supporters who had earlier attacked and left him wounded. Rusape magistrates allegedly refused to preside over the issue. Kaunye and Mutasa were contesting against each other for the Makoni North Constituency in Zanu PF primary elections.[6] He was later acquitted after inconsistencies and evasiveness in the witness' evidence for the charge.[7]

Denouncing the European Union

In 2009, Chinamasa reportdely denounced the European Union for siding with Morgan Tsvangirai and accused the delegation of trying to undermine the Government of National Unity. He reportedly said this after a two-day talk with the European Union, for the first time in seven years.[8]

As Minister of Finance- 2014

After Zanu-PF won the 2013 Elections Chinamasa was appointed as Minister of Finance and Economic Development. He took over from Tendai Biti. Chinamasa's 2014 national budget which he delayed by a month received criticism from the Movement for Democratic Change. The MDC said that the budget did not have measures in place to attract Foreign Direct Investment and to improve the economy and the people's livelihoods.[9] He also received criticism in his second year as finance minister due to his alleged weak economic policies.[10] There has been speculation that because of his policy inconsistencies, Chinamasa may be moved to another ministry. The media frequently tipped former reserve bank governor Gideon Gono to take over from Chinamasa in case of a cabinet reshuffle.[11]


  1. Second wife for Chinamasa, The Zimbabwean, Published: September 12, 2007, Retrieved June 1, 2014
  2. Chinamasa, Patrick, Brillonlie Reference Works, Retrieved: July 1, 2014
  3. Chinamasa , , Published:20 November 2017 , Retrieved: 27 November 2017
  4. Makoni Central, New Zimbabwe Published: December 11, 2009, Retrieved: July 1, 2014,
  5. Biti wrongfully credited with the dollarisation of the Zim economy Bulawayo 24 News, Published: April 9, 2013, Retrieved: July 1, 2014
  6. Chinamasa tried to bribe me - Kaunye, New Zimbabwe, Published: December 11, 2011, Retrieved: July 1, 2014,
  7. Chinamasa acquitted
  8. Zimbabwean minister denounces EU, BBC News, Published: September 14, 2009, Retrieved July 1, 2014,
  9. Charles Rukuni 2014 national budget only a wish list, The Insider, Published: December 20, 2013, Retrieved: July 1, 2013,
  10. Why Chinamasa must go, Daily News, Published: March 16, 2014, Retrieved: July 1, 2014,
  11. Gideon Gono to replace Patrick Chinamasa as Finance Minister?, iHarare, Published: March 14, 2014 Retrieved: July 1, 2014