Witness Mangwende

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Witness Mangwende
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Born15 August 1946
Southern Rhodesia
Died26 February 2005 (aged 58)
NationalityZimbabwean
Alma materUniversity of Zimbabwe, University of Southampton, London School of Economics
OccupationPolitician,Diplomat
PredecessorSimon Muzenda
SuccessorNathan Shamuyarira
Political partyZanu-PF
Spouse(s)Eben Yananiso Mangwende (nee=Takavarasha)

Witness Pasichigare Magunda Mangwende was a Zimbabwean politician who served as head of several government ministries in the Robert Mugabe administration, and as provincial governor for Harare.


Background

Mangwende began his political career as a student leader at the University of Rhodesia. Mangwende also studied in the United Kingdom at the University of Southampton and earned a PhD in international relations from the London School of Economics.

He became Deputy Foreign Minister upon Zimbabwe's independence in 1980. He was promoted to Foreign Minister in 1981, and held that post until 1987. He later was head of several other ministries, including Education, Agriculture, and Information. In 2004, he was appointed governor of Harare, a post he held until his death in February 2005. Upon his death, he was declared a national hero by the Politburo of Zanu-PF, and buried with military honours.