Witness Mangwende

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Witness Mangwende
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Born15 August 1946
Southern Rhodesia
Died26 February 2005 (aged 58)
Alma materUniversity of Zimbabwe, University of Southampton, London School of Economics
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. He was elected to the House of Assembly in 1980.

Personal Details

Born: 15 October 1946. Charter (Chivhu). Brought up in Buhera District.
Death: 25 February 2005.

School / Education

Zimuto Mission, Goromonzi Govermnment School, the School of Social Work.
University of Rhodesia. Expelled.
BA, International Studies, Southampton University.
PhD, International Studies, London School of Economics.

Service / Career

President of the Zimbabwe Student's Union, UK.
1979. Chief Representative of Zanu in Mozambique.

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.

In the Zimbabwe 1985 Parliamentary Election Chitungwiza retuned to Parliament:

In the 1990 Parliamentary Election (see A History of Zimbabwean Elections) Chitungwiza returned to Parliament:

Turnout - 27 533 or 64.97 %

Witness later was head of several other ministries, including Education, Agriculture, and Information. In 2004, he was appointed Governor of Harare Province, and was involved in Porta Farm. He was in that position 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.

  1. [Diana Mitchell, African Nationalist Leaders in Zimbabwe: Who’s Who 1980], "African Nationalist Leaders in Zimbabwe: Who’s Who 1980, (Cannon Press, Salisbury, 1980), Retrieved: 16 November 2020

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