Fidelis Mukonori
Fidelis Mukonori, Roman Catholic Church
ChurchRoman Catholic
Personal details
Born (1947-07-15) July 15, 1947 (age 75)

Fidelis Mukonori is a Zimbabwean religious leader of the Roman Catholic Church. He is also the Executive Director of Centre for Peace Initiatives in Africa[1] He is known mostly for his proximity to political figures and for facilitating political events such as the burial of politicians accordeded hero status.

In November 2017, after the Zimbabwean military had taken over control of the country, he was a mediator between President Mugabe and the military generals.


Fidelis Mukonori S.J. was born on 15 July 1947. He attended Chishawasha Mission. He holds a Masters of Theology (MTH) degree from Berkeley, California, USA (1977). He also holds a Diploma in Social Development (Canada), Diploma in Philosophy (Zimbabwe) and an Advanced Certificate in Conflict Resolution (RSA). He has attended several courses on Social Development, Philosophy and Mediation. Mukonori has experience in Productive Mixed Farming, Mass Communication and Election Observation. He has been a member of the Catholic Commission for Justice and Peace since 1974.


He worked with Silveira House for 26 years from 1975 as Youth Coordinator, Youth Director, Leadership and Civics Trainer and Internal Auditor. In 1979 he assisted in the Lancaster House Conference from the background. He was a member of the African Development Committee (ADC/CAD), which was linked to and sponsored by the European Community (1980-1990). He was one of the Constitutional Commissioners who drafted Zimbabwe's proposed new Constitution. Mukonori served as a Provincial of the Jesuits in Zimbabwe for 11 years. He is currently the Priest for Chishawasha/ Parish and Principal of Chishawasha Primary Boarding School. He is also a delegate for Chishawasha Estate to the Jesuit Provincial.

Appointment as Jesuits Provincial Superior

In 2001 Father Mukonori was appointed as the provincial superior of Jesuits in Zimbabwe.

2003 Mediation between Zanu-Pf and MDC talks

In 2003 Father Fidelis Mukonori met with Morgan Tsvangirai. It was reported that the purpose of the meeting for Mukonori to hear the MDC's position and demands so that prior talks that had collapsed in 2002 would resume. The talks were centred on ending Zimbabwe's political and economic crisis.


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