Peter Haritatos
Peter Haritatos, Zimbabwean Politician, ZANU-PF
Peter Haritatos image credit: NewsDay
BornPeter Haritatos
NationalityZimbabwe
Occupation
  • Politician
  • Business Person
Spouse(s)Angela Haritatos

Peter Haritatos was a Zimbabwean politician and member of the ZANU PF party. Haritatos seved as the member of parliament for Muzvezve, a constituency 150km SW of Harare. [1]

Background

Peter Haritatos moved to Zimbabwe as a boy in the 1950s. [1] Haritatos was born in Greece. His father was a master baker who settled in Kadoma. Peter Haritatos ran Central Bakery and Confectionery, continuing the family tradition.[2]

Political career

In 2013, Peter Haritatos ran for MP for Muzvezve constituency under a Zanu-PF ticket. He won the election, garnering 18,832 votes against MDC-T's 3,029 and MDC 569 votes.[3] Haritatos is also a member of Zanu-PF's central committee, the party's powerful decision making body. He was nominated into the Zanu PF central committee at the Zanu-PF party congress in December without being subjected to an election.[4]

Peter Haritatos was not the only white member of Zanu-PF. Other members include Joshua Sacco, Stuart Comberbach, Timothy Stamps and Denis Norman. Haritatos was reported to be the financier of the Ignatius Chombo faction during the period of factional fights to succeed Robert Mugabe from about 2013. He was accused by party members of abusing his wealth to fan factionalism[4] . Reports in January 2015 said that Zanu PF Kadoma district chairpersons, in a petition to Acting President Emmerson Mnangagwa and Women’s League boss Grace Mugabe, had alleged that Haritatos had links to former Vice-President Joice Mujuru and was plotting Mnangagwa’s downfall.

Resignation

In April 2018, Peter Haritatos said he would not contest for the parliamentary seat in the coming elections.[2]


Farm Mechanisation Scheme

In July 2020, Peter Haritatos was listed, in the BSR of 18 July 2020, as a beneficiary in the 2007 RBZ Farm Mechanisation Scheme, as a result of the Fast Track Land Reform Programme.

The data is analysed by recipients origin:.

  • Mashonaland provinces had the most beneficiaries, both in terms of numbers and value.

Mashonaland East got US$47,5 million,
Mashonaland West US$44,7 million
Mashonaland Central had US$34,2 million.

  • Two Matebeleland provinces had a combined total of US$13,9 million.
  • Masvingo US$26,4 million,
  • Manicaland US$18 million
  • Midlands US$14 million.

Peter Haritatos was listed under the thematic group “Politicians”. According to the list, he got a loan of US$38,000. [5]

Businesses

Peter Haritatos owns a gold mine and a commercial bakery in Zimbabwe.[1]

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Death

Peter Haritatos died on 10 July 2021. He succumbed to COVID-19 related complications at St. Anne's Hospital in Harare. He was accorded a State-assisted funeral.[6]

Trivia

  • Haritatos was also accused by some Zanu-PF members of being racist. [4]




References

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Jerome Starky, The only white Zanu PF candidate, Flickr, Published: 3 Aug 2013, Retrieved: 11 Nov 2015
  2. 2.0 2.1 Blessings Mashaya, Haritatos calls time on politics, Nehanda Radio, Published: April 5, 2018, Retrieved: july 10, 2021
  3. Full 2013 Zimbabwe election results Nehanda Radio, Published: 3 Aug 2013, Retrieved: 11 Nov 2015
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 Knives out for Zanu PF MP, NewsDay, Published:6 Jan 2015, Retrieved: 11 Nov 2015
  5. https://www.bigsr.co.uk/single-post/2020/07/18/BSR-EXCLUSIVE-Beneficiaries-of-the-RBZ loan of US$325,368.00-Farm-Mechanisation-Scheme BSR EXCLUSIVE: Beneficiaries of the RBZ Farm Mechanisation Scheme], Big Saturday Read, Published: 18 July 2020 Retrieved: 18 July 2020
  6. Justin Mahlahla, State-assisted funeral for Cde Peter Haritatos, ZBC, Published: July 13, 2021, Retrieved: July 13, 2021