Cain Mathema

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Cain Mathema
Cain Mathema
BornCain Ginyitshe Mathema
(1947-01-25) January 25, 1947 (age 74)
  • Minister of Primary and Secondary Education
EmployerGovernment of Zimbabwe
PredecessorPaul Mavima
Political partyZimbabwe African National Union Patriotic Front
Spouse(s)Bathabetsoe Nare (2016 to present)
Former: Musa Ncube

Cain Ginyitshe Mathema is the Minister of Primary and Secondary Education. He is also a writer, Zimbabwean politician and member of the ZANU-PF party. He is the former Minister of Welfare Services for War Veterans, War Collaborators and Former Political Detainees. Mathema is a former ambassador.



Cain Mathema's wife is Bathabetsoe Diana Nare. The two were married in 2016.[1]


Mathema has seven children.[2]


In October 2019, ZimLive reported that Mathema was staying at Rainbow Towers Hotel in Harare since September 2018 when he was appointed into cabinet by President Emmerson Mnangagwa.

The government allocated government houses for use by ministers, but accommodation shortages meant that ministers who have no properties in Harare are put up in hotels while accommodation is sought.

A source said that Mathema did not own a house anywhere, other than a small flat in Bulawayo which his ex-wife Musa Ncube held onto after they divorced.

The source said when Cain Mathema was a provincial minister for Matabeleland North he lived in the village in Tsholotsho and would drive up and down to Bulawayo daily.[3]

Political Career

Cain Mathema joined ZIPRA in 1968. He was Member of Parliament and has been Ambassador Governor and Resident Minister for Bulawayo West.


Mathema has authored a number of books including:

  • Wealth and Power: An Introduction to Political Economy (1988)
  • ZANU (PF) and economic independence (1994)
  • I love you Joy Hwami (1992)
  • Ulimi Lwami (Poetry series) (1998)
  • Socialism and Christianity (1992)
  • I drew for the liberation struggle (1989)
  • Co-operatives, what about them? (1988)


  • In December 2016, he made the news when he married a new wife Bathabetsoe Nare, who was 23 years old. Nare was 47 years younger than Mathema by the time they got married. She had worked at government offices as part of her attachment while studying at Midlands State University and it was suspected they started dating then. Mathema was divorced and single before marrying Nare.[4]
  • In October 2009 a court in Zimbabwe heard that Mathema had impregnated and entered into a customary union with his ex-wife’s domestic worker before they had divorced. The ex-wife, Musa Ncube, was suing him for the maintenance of their three children. Ncube accused Mathema of “taking advantage” of her youth when he had sex with her when she was a 20-year-old and he was 44.[5]
  • In December 2010, as Governor of Bulawayo, Mathema said that the bones of Cecil John Rhodes, the founder of Rhodesia, were supposed to be be immediately exhumed and sent back to Britain as it was an affront to postcolonial sensibilities. he also said Victoria Falls was supposed to revert to its original name from the Tonga language, Mosi oa Tunya.

Health Issues


On August 31 2021, there was a report Cain Mathema had been airlifted to Harare from Bulawayo after his health deteriorated. The report stated that Mathema had been admitted to the United Bulawayo Hospitals’ refurbished Covid-19 facility in mid-August after catching Covid-19.

Sources interviewed by the publication said the minister was flown to Harare on August 28 2021 and was admitted at Arundel Mediclinic. One source said Cain Mathema had excessive fluids in his lungs and was getting progressively worse. The source added that some kind of surgical procedure had been performed and that Mathema was not in a good shape, but he was battling.[6]


  1. Brian Maregedze, A Song to Bathabetsoe Diana Nare Mathema, Sunday News, Published: April 28, 2019, Retrieved: March 2, 2021
  2. HONOURABLE NDABAZEKHAYA CAIN GINYILITSHE MATHEMA,, Published: No Date Given, Retrieved: September 2, 2021
  3. Home Affairs minister Cain Mathema in second year of Harare hotel stay, ZimLive, Published: October 20, 2019, Retrieved: September 2, 2021
  4. Leopold Munhende, 70-Year-Old Cain Mathema Weds 23-Year-Old Beauty, RadioVOP, Published:23 Dec 2016, Retrieved: 24 Dec 2016
  5. Lindie Whiz Mathema dumped wife for maid, NewZimbabwe, Published:1 October 2009, Retrieved: 24 Dec 2016
  6. Covid-battling minister Mathema airlifted to Harare as health deteriorates, ZimLive, Published: August 31, 2021, Retrieved: August 31, 2021