Walter Chidhakwa is a Zimbabwean politician and former Minister of Mines and Mining Development as well as legislator for Zvimba South. He is a member ofthe ruling Zanu-PF party. Chidhakwa reportedly worked in a number of companies before joining active politics.
Chidhakwa received secondary education at Kutama Secondary School. He attained the following tertiary qualifications from the respective universities.
- Diploma in National Economic Management (Sofia University, Bulgaria)
- Masters in International Relations (University of Zimbabwe)
- Masters in Political Economy (Sofia University, Bulgaria)
Impact on Mining Sector
Chidhakwa took over from Obert Mpofu who previously served as minister whilst he was his deputy. Chidhakwa has been hailed for making adjustments in the mining sector which include reviewing downwards licence fees levied on diamond cutters and polishers from US$100 000 annually to US$20 000 for a period of 10 years as a way of creating an enabling operating environment for players within the processing value chain of diamonds  The move by Minister Chidhakwa was in response to the sharp decline in the number of polishers which declined from 29 to nine after the operating fees had been hiked by 400%. The minister argued that value addition to natural resources is the fastest way to trigger the economy so that revenue realised in value-added products can benefit other critical service sectors.
The minister also facilitated a loan facility between the Zimbabwean and Chinese governments worth 100 million dollars which was aimed at capacitating small scale gold miners.
Positions previously held
- Chief Executive Officer: Export Processing Zone Authority (1996-2007)
- Chairman: TelOne Zimbabwe
- Administrative Officer: Ministry of Finance (1991-1993)
In November 2017 President Emmerson Mnangagwa intoduced a new cabinet and Chidhakwa was relieved of his duties.New Cabinet
- Walter Chidhakwa, KuvakaZim, Retrieved: November 11, 2014
- Patience Rusare, Sweeping changes in mining sector, The Patriot, Published: February 20, 2014, Retrieved: November 19, 2014
- $100m miners’ loan due this month, The Zimbabwe Mail, Published: August 5, 2014, Retrieved: November 19, 2014