Ernest Kadungure

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Ernest Kadungure
Ernest Kadungure, Zimbabwe Cabinet 1980
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BornErnest Richard Kadungure
(1942-02-13)February 13, 1942
DiedMay 13, 1990(1990-05-13) (aged 48)
Parirenyatwa Group of Hospitals
Resting placeNational Heroes Acre
  • Politician
  • Minister of Transport and Power
EmployerGovernment of Zimbabwe
OrganizationMinistry of Transport and Power
RelativesIshmael Kadungure (brother)

Ernest Kadungure was a Zimbabwean born politician who was the country's first Minister of Transport and Power after independence.


Ernest Kadungure was born in Chivhu on February 13, 1942.[1]


Kadungure attended St Augustine Mission.[2]

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Political career


Kadungure joined ZAPU in 1962 but moved to Zambia in 1964 to work.[3] In 1968 he joined the armed struggle and served in ZANLA. In 1977 he became a member of the Central Committee and became the party Secretary for Education and Culture. He was later appointed ZAPU's Finance Secretary.[3]

Kadungure was part of the Patriotic Front delegation that represented Zimbabwe at the Lancaster House Agreement negotiations. He was then ZAPU's future Finance secretary.[4]


Immediately after Zimbabwe's independence, Kadungure served as Minister of Transport and Power. In 1981 he was appointed Minister of Youth, Sport and Culture and in 1984 he was appointed Minister of State for Defense. In 1988, Kadungure was appointed Senior Minister of State for Political Affairs and was responsible for planning the government's National Service with was aimed at alleviating the growing unemployment problem caused by a number of school leavers.[3] He also served as Zanu-PF Deputy Secretary for Youth Affairs.[5]


Kadungure died at Parirenyatwa on May 31, 1990 after a long illness.


  1. Zimbabwe: Heroes Day - 20 Days to Go, allAfrica, Published: July 22, 2009, Retrieved: August 3, 2015
  2. Vesta Sithole, My Life With An Unsung Hero, Author House UK Ltd, Published: November 9, 2006, Retrieved: August 3, 2015
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 THE NEW GOZ: BIO INFORMATION, Published: March 14, 1988, Retrieved: August 3, 2015
  4. Lancaster House Agreement, Race and History, Published: July 13, 2013, Retrieved: August 3, 2015
  5. Samuel Kadungure, My track record speaks for itself: Chipanga, The Manica Post, Published: No Date Given, Retrieved: August 3, 2015