Sydney Sekeramayi
Sydney Sekeramayi, Zanu-PF
Sydney Sekeramayi
Native nameTigere
Born (1944-03-30) March 30, 1944 (age 77)
Political partyZanu-PF
Spouse(s)Tsitsi Chihuri Sekeramayi

Sydney Tigere Sekeramayi is a former Zimbabwean liberation war fighter , politician and is a member of the Zimbabwe African National Union Patriotic Front (ZANU PF) political party.He is the former Minister of Defence.He was once accused of poisoning President Emmerson Mngangagwa by Energy Mutodi. [1]


He was born on March 30, 1944 in Chihota communal area , Marondera East. He studied Genetics in Czechoslovakia and Medicine at the University of Lund, Sweden (1964).

Political career

He became an active politician during the Second Chimurenga in the 1960s when he was granted a scholarship to study in Sweden as he had been expelled at a local Rhodesian school. He was a college student at the University of Lund when he became Zanu- PF's representative in Sweden. In 1979 while in Sweden, he used his position as Secretary General of the National Students Union to facilitate Herbert Chitepo's visit to Europe. His war credentials, knowledge and considerable education facilitated him to be appointed Minister of Lands, Resettlement and Rural Development at independence in 1980.[2] He had been elected Mashonaland Central Member of Parliament in the same year. Since independence, he has held many government posts from being Minister of Health (1984–88), Minister of Mines from 2000 to 2001.

Sekeramayi won the House of Assembly seat from Marondera East Constituency, in Mashonaland East Province, as the Zanu-PF candidate in the March 2005 parliamentary election. According to official results he defeated Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) candidate Iain Kay with 19,912 votes against Kay's 10,066 votes; this victory was questioned on the grounds that the total number of votes was said to exceed voter turnout.[3]

In the Zanu-PF primaries for the March 2008 parliamentary election, Sekeramayi again sought the party's nomination as its candidate for the House of Assembly seat from Marondera East, but was defeated.[4][5] He was instead nominated as ZANU-PF's candidate for the Senate from Marondera-Hwedza in Mashonaland East.[6] Sekeramayi won this seat according to official results, receiving 24,571 votes against 17,370 for Jane Chifamba of the MDC-Tsvangirai faction and 6,994 for Molai Penelope of the MDC-Mutambara faction.

Farm Mechanisation Scheme

In July 2020, Sydney Sekeramayi 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.

Sydney Sekeramayi is listed under the thematic group “Politicians”. He has accumulated a debt of US$331,222.00. [7]

Position Held

  • Minister of Defence (2002-2009)(2013-2017)
  • Mister of Mines and Energy (2001)
  • Zanu- PF Activist in the Youth Wing(1963)
  • Secretary of Transport and Welfare
  • Zanu- PF Politburo Secretary
  • Zanu- (PF)Secretary for National Security.[8]

Bid to Presidency

There were uncertainty and speculations on where Sekeramayi stood in the Zanu-PF succession fights. Grace Mugabe had earlier revealed that Sekeramayi was the only trusted party member who was the confidant of Robert Mugabe. Jonathan Moyo was also reported to have mentioned that Sekeramayi would succeed Mugabe. However, all the claims appeared extinguished at the end of the Central Committee session as Sekeramayi danced and cheered at the dismissal of Mugabe and reinstatement of Mnangagwa as interim party president. [9]

Accusations of poisoning Mnangagwa

Energy Mutodi claimed that Mnangagwa was poisoned by then Defence Minister Sekeramayi and David Parirenyatwa who were in the helicopter with him. In an interview with the Financial Times , Mnangagwa claimed he knew people who administered the poison which almost claimed his life.


One of his sons Floyd Sekeramayi was banned from practicing law in Canada following allegations that he sexually assaulted nurses at a Canadian hospital.[10]

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  1. [1], Fresh Details Emerge On Mnangagwa’s Poisoning , Published: 27 January 2018, Retrieved: 27 January 2018
  2. Sydney_SekeramayiDr. Sydney Tigere Sekeramayi
  3. David Blair, "Mugabe 'conjures up' winning votes", Daily Telegraph (United Kingdom), 8 April 2005.
  4. Spiwe Ncube, "Zanu (PF) heavyweights lose primary polls", zimdaily.com, 6 February 2008.
  5. Lebo Nkatazo, "Makoni humiliated as Zanu PF rejects his bid for MP", newzimbabwe.com, 5 February 2008.
  6. "Zimbabwe: Zanu-PF Names Poll Candidates", The Herald (allAfrica.com), 15 February 2008.
  7. https://www.bigsr.co.uk/single-post/2020/07/18/BSR-EXCLUSIVE-Beneficiaries-of-the-RBZ-Farm-Mechanisation-Scheme BSR EXCLUSIVE: Beneficiaries of the RBZ Farm Mechanisation Scheme], Big Saturday Read, Published: 18 July 2020 Retrieved: 18 July 2020
  8. Professional details
  9. Sekeramayi ditches Mugabe - , , Published: DATE_21 November 2017, Retrieved: 28 November 2017
  10. Canada bans Sekeramayi's son from medical practise