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'''Oppah Muchinguri''' is the current minister of higher and tertiary education in the Republic of [[Zimbabwe]]. She is aligned to the ruling [[Zimbabwe African National Union Patriotic Front]] (ZANU PF) Front led by [[Robert Mugabe]]. Muchinguri  is also a member of the Central Committee and Politburo representing [[Manicaland]] province. She is also a member of parliament for Mutasa Central Constituency.
 
  
==Background and Personal Life==
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Muchinguri a born and raised up in the eastern border town of [[Mutare]] in the [[Manicaland]] province in the then [[Rhodesia]] now [[Zimbabwe]]. She was born '''Oppah Chamu Zvipange Muchinguri'''  on the 14th of December 1958. Muchinguri was married to [[Tapiwa Rushesha]] but the two divorced in the 1990s. The two had children together named [[Natasha Rushesha]] and [[Tanya Rushesha]]. <ref>[http://nehandaradio.com/2013/05/14/oppah-muchinguri-finds-new-love/ Oppah Muchinguri finds new love], ''Nehanda Radio'', Published: May 14, 2013, Retrieved: July 9, 2014</ref> In May 2013, it was reported in sections of the media that Muchinguri was dating a clergyman, Bishop [[Anthony Kashiri]]. At the time, Muchinguri said that they would get married in December the same year.<ref name="weekendpost">[http://www.weekendpost.co.zw/articles/2013/05/12/oppah-muchinguri-finds-new-love Oppah Muchinguri finds new love], ''Weekend Post'', Retrieved:24 January 2015, Published:12 May 2013 </ref> She however only announced publicly that she was married to Kashiri in January 2015.<ref name="herald-kashiri">[http://www.herald.co.zw/muchinguri-finds-new-love/ Muchinguri finds new love], ''The Herald'', Retrieved:24 Jan 2015, Published:24 jan 2015</ref>
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'''Oppah Muchinguri Kashiri''' is a Zimbabwean politician and the current Minister of Defence and War Veterans. She is the former Minister of Water, Environment, and Climate. She is the former Minister of Higher and Tertiary Education. Muchinguri is a  member of the [[Zanu-PF]] party where she is a member of [[Central Committee]] and [[Politburo]] representing [[Manicaland Province]]. She is also a Member of Parliament for Mutasa Central Constituency. On the 15th of December 2017, she was appointed as the National Chairperson for the Zanu-PF party, becoming the first woman to assume that position.
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==Background ==
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She was born '''Oppah Chamu Zvipange Muchinguri'''  on the 14th of December 1958, and lived in [[Mutasa District]]'s Zongoro Area,  in [[Manicaland]] Province in the then [[Rhodesia]] now [[Zimbabwe]]. Muchinguri was married to [[Tapiwa Rushesha]] and they divorced in the 1990s after having  two children together who are  [[Natasha Rushesha]] and [[Tanya Rushesha]].<ref>[http://nehandaradio.com/2013/05/14/oppah-muchinguri-finds-new-love/ Oppah Muchinguri finds new love], ''Nehanda Radio'', Published: May 14, 2013, Retrieved: July 9, 2014</ref>
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In 2015 Muchinguri announced her marriage to Bishop [[Anthony Kashiri]]. <ref name="Theherald"> [http://www.herald.co.zw/muchinguri-finds-new-love/Muchinguri finds new love ], '', Published: 24 January 2015 , Retrieved:27 November 2017 ''</ref>
  
 
==Education==
 
==Education==
She graduated with a Master of Science degree in International Relations from the [[University of Zimbabwe]] in 2013.<ref> [http://www.newsdzezimbabwe.co.uk/2013/09/oppah-muchinguri-graduates-from-uz.html OPPAH MUCHINGURI GRADUATES FROM UZ], ''NewsDzeZimbabwe'', Published: September 14, 2013, Retrieved: July 9, 2014</ref>
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'''Oppah''' did her Primary School at [[St James Zongoro]], an Anglican  Institution. <br/>
Oppah did her primary school at St James Zongoro, an Anglican run institution about 30 kilometres from Mutare, along Nyanga Road.
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She attended [[Hartzell High School]]. <br/>
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She graduated with a Master of Science degree in International Relations from the [[University of Zimbabwe]] in '''2013'''.<ref>[http://www.newsdzezimbabwe.co.uk/2013/09/oppah-muchinguri-graduates-from-uz.html OPPAH MUCHINGURI GRADUATES FROM UZ], ''NewsDzeZimbabwe'', Published: September 14, 2013, Retrieved: July 9, 2014</ref>
  
==Political Career==
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==Political career==
She participated in the liberation war of the [[Second Chimurenga]] fighting in the [[Josiah Tongogara]]- commanded [[Zimbabwe African National Liberation Army]] (ZANLA). She received her military training in Mozambique and was also passenger in a car crash that killed Tongorara on the eve of independence in December 1979.<ref>[http://www.africa-confidential.com/whos-who-profile/id/557 Oppah Muchinguri], ''Africa Confidential'', Retrieved: July 9, 2014</ref>  
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'''Oppah''' received her military training in Mozambique  and later joined the liberation war of the [[Second Chimurenga]] fighting in the [[Josiah Tongogara]]- commanded [[Zimbabwe African National Liberation Army]] (ZANLA).<ref>[http://www.africa-confidential.com/whos-who-profile/id/557 Oppah Muchinguri], ''Africa Confidential'', Published: No Date Given, Retrieved: July 9, 2014</ref>
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At independence, she was appointed as  Private Secretary to the President between '''1980 and 1981'''.  She was Deputy Minister twice, first of State for External Affairs between '''1989 and 1993''' and of Environment and Tourism between '''1993 and 1997'''. Her first ministerial post came in '''1997''' when she was appointed Minister of State in the President’s Office, a post she held until '''2000'''. '''Muchinguri''' was appointed Minister of Women's Affairs , Gender and Community Development in '''2005'''.<ref>Dumisani Muleya, [http://nehandaradio.com/2011/12/09/zanu-pf-factions-bug-each-other%e2%80%99s-hotel-rooms/ Zanu PF factions bug each other’s hotel rooms] ''Nehanda Radio'', Published: December 9, 2011, Retrieved: July 9, 2014,</ref>
  
At independence, she was appointed Private Secretary to the President between 1980 and 1981. She had been Deputy Minister twice first of State for External Affairs between 1989 and 1993 and of Environment and Tourism between 1993 and 1997. Her first ministerial post came in 1997 when she was made Minister of State in the President’s Office, a post she held until 2000. Muchinguri's popularity came in 2005 when she was appointed Minister of Women's Affairs, Gender and Community Development. In the ongoing factional fights in the [[Zimbabwe African National Union Patriotic Front]] (ZANU PF), Muchinguri is allegedly linked to the [[Emmerson Mnangagwa]] faction that has a mission to prevent [[Joice Mujuru]] from succeeding [[Robert Mugabe]].<ref> Dumisani Muleya, [http://nehandaradio.com/2011/12/09/zanu-pf-factions-bug-each-other%e2%80%99s-hotel-rooms/ Zanu PF factions bug each other’s hotel rooms] ''Nehanda Radio'', Published: December 9, 2011, Retrieved: July 9, 2014</ref>
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===Farm Mechanisation Scheme===
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In '''July 2020''', '''Oppah Muchinguri''' was listed, in the BSR of 18 July 2020, as a beneficiary in the 2007 [[RBZ]] [[Farm Mechanisation Scheme]], as a result of the [[Fast Track Land Reform Programme]].  
  
In 2011, Muchinguri lambasted top ZANU PF officials who were using their positions to  amass wealth calling them 'crooks'. She even threatened to expose those involved in the grabbing of farms and looting of diamonds.<ref> Misa, [http://www.thezimbabwean.co/news/37108/muchinguri-says-zanu-full-of-crooks.html Muchinguri says Zanu full of crooks], ''The Zimbabwean'', Published: February 5, 2011, Retrieved: July 9, 2014</ref>
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The data is analysed by recipients origin:.
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* Mashonaland provinces had the most beneficiaries, both in terms of numbers and value. <br/>
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Mashonaland East got US$47,5 million, <br/>
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Mashonaland West US$44,7 million <br/>
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Mashonaland Central had US$34,2 million. <br/>
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* Two Matebeleland provinces had a combined total of US$13,9 million.
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* Masvingo US$26,4 million,
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* Manicaland US$18 million
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* Midlands US$14 million.
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'''Oppah Muchinguri''' is listed under the thematic group “Politicians”. According to the list, she and her [[Middlepos Farm]] have a debt of US$383,131.00 under the scheme.  
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<ref name=" BSR EXCLUSIVE: Beneficiaries of the RBZ Farm Mechanisation Scheme"> https://www.bigsr.co.uk/single-post/2020/07/18/BSR-EXCLUSIVE-Beneficiaries-of-the-RBZ-Farm-Mechanisation-Scheme  BSR EXCLUSIVE: Beneficiaries of the RBZ Farm Mechanisation Scheme], ''Big Saturday Read'', Published: 18 July 2020 Retrieved: 18 July 2020''</ref>
  
 
==Positions Held==
 
==Positions Held==
#Secretary to the President
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*1980-1981 Private Secretary to Prime Minister [[Robert Mugabe]]
#Governor of Manicaland Province (2000-2003)
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*2000-2003-Secretary to the President Governor of Manicaland Province  
#Minister of Women's Affairs, Gender and Community Development (2005-2009)<ref name="af con"> , [http://www.africa-confidential.com/whos-who-profile/id/557/Oppah_Muchinguri Oppah Muchinguri], "Africa Confidential", retrieved:15 Dec 14"</ref>
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*2005-2009 Minister of Women's Affairs, Gender and Community Development
#Central Committee Member
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*2009-2014 Secretary General ZANU-PF Woman’s League
#Politburo Member
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*2014 -Secretary for Higher and Tertiary Education in the [[Zanu-PF]] party
#Member of Parliament for Mutasa Central Constituency-2013
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*2014 -Minister of Higher and Tertiary Education
#Secretary General of ZANU PF women's League
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*2015- Minister of Water, Environment & Climate
#Secretary for Higher and Tertiary Education in the ZANU PF party (2014)
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*Central Committee Member<ref name="af con">, [http://www.africa-confidential.com/whos-who-profile/id/557/Oppah_Muchinguri Oppah Muchinguri], ''Africa Confidential'', Published:January 5, 2014, Retrieved:15 Dec 14</ref>
#Minister of Higher and Tertiary Education (2014)
 
  
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==Invovement in Zanu-PF Factionalism 2009 to 2017 ==
  
===Stepping Down===
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===Push To Replace Mujuru - 2009 to 2017  ===
Muchinguri made headlines in 2014 when she voluntarily stepped do from her position as the secretary of the women's League in the ZANU PF party. The stepping down a received differently by the Zimbabwean public. Other viewed as a calculated move to bring the first lady into the mainstream Zimbabwean political arena.
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In 2009, it was reported that the [[Emmerson Mnangagwa]] faction was to push for the election of Muchinguri as vice-president of the party to replace Mujuru who was accused of working with the [[Morgan Tsvangirai]]-led MDC-T. .<ref name=""> [https://www.thestandard.co.zw/2009/06/11/muchinguri-to-challenge-mujuru-for-vps-post/ Muchinguri to Challenge Mujuru for VP’s Post], '', Published: 11 June 2009 , Retrieved: 27 November 2017''</ref>
  
===Muchinguri, Grace Mugabe and Factionalism===
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In 2014 when [[Joice Mujuru]] was Vice President it was reported again that the Mnangagwa camp was strategizing on how Mujuru could be challenged and Muchinguri would take over. The media reported that there were moves to push Women Affairs minister, Oppah Muchinguri to challenge  Mujuru at the Congress so that they take her out of the succession race and pave way for the strategic positioning of Mnangagwa to ultimately take over the reins when the time comes.<ref name="Thestandard"> [https://www.thestandard.co.zw/2014/05/25/vp-post-mujuru-faces-challenge/  VP post: Mujuru faces challenge], '', Published:25 May 2014  , Retrieved: 27 November 2017''</ref>
During the period towards the ZANU PF People’s congress, Oppah Muchinguri and [[Grace Mugabe]] went on a crusade denouncing hat they called divisive element in the ZANU PF party. Muchinguri together with the first lady openly accused the then vice president Joice Mujuru of fanning factionalism in the party and also plotting to unseat [[Robert Mugabe]]. In fact on the forefront of the o called “Meet the People” rallies conducted by Grace Mugabe in 2014 in which the first lady openly called for the resignation of the then vice president [[Joice Mujuru]]. Muchinguri has been generally viewed as a Mugabe loyalist. He has also been closely linked to [[Emmerson Mnangagwa]] and [[Jonathan Moyo]].
 
  
==Successes==
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Muchinguri, however, dismissed the reports as baseless fabrications created by individuals with an agenda to divide [[Zanu-PF]].
In 2014, Muchinguri was one of the people appointed by president [[Robert Mugabe]] in the cabinet reshuffle. This appointment came after the controversial ZANU PF conger which the demotion of some senior member as well a cabinet ministers. Muchinguri was given the post of Minister of Higher and Tertiary Education which a previously led by [[Olivia Muchena]] who was fired on allegation of factionalism.<ref name="llkkj"> L .Mataire, [http://www.herald.co.zw/mujuru-betrayed-our-trust/ Mujuru Betrayed Our Trust], "The Herald", published:13 Dec 14,retrieved:15 Dec 14"</ref>
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<blockquote>“In Zanu PF, we don’t work like that. We have clear rules and regulations and established structures in place,” said Muchinguri.  
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<ref name="Thestandard"/> </blockquote>
  
==Controversies==
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In October 2017 the team [[Lacoste Faction]] was reportedly backing  Muchinguri for vice presidency in the event that Mnangagwa did not succeed.<ref name="Daily News"> [https://www.dailynews.co.zw/articles/2017/10/22/team-lacoste-hatches-plan-b  Team Lacoste Hatches Plan B], '', Published: 22 October 2017 , Retrieved: 27 November 2017''</ref>[https://news.pindula.co.zw/2017/10/22/team-lacoste-manoeuvring-to-have-oppah-muchinguri-nominated-for-female-vice-president/Team Lacoste Manoeuvring To Have Oppah Muchinguri Nominated For Female Vice President]
Muchinguri was alleged to have fallen in love with a number of men especially during the post-colonial period. One such figure a [[Simon Chimbetu]] who also penned a song titled “Oppah” and this makes the allegations likely true. Muchinguri also divorced her husband in the 1990’s. Some have also speculated that Muchinguri a girlfriend to former [[Zimbabwe African National Liberation Army]] (ZANLA) leader [[Josiah Tongogara]] in the 1970’s.<ref name="zim">, [http://www.newsdzezimbabwe.co.uk/2013/05/oppah-muchinguri-finds-new-love.html Oppah Muchinguri Finds New Love], "Zimbabwe", published:13 May 14,retrieved:15 Dec 14"</ref>
 
  
== Child's Paternity ==
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===Support of War Vets -2011===
Some media houses reported that Muchinguri's daughter Tanya Rushesha was fathered by Robert Mugabe. The allegations were brought forward by a former Mugabe bodyguard only identified as MusoriMusori claimed Muchinguri was once involved in a relationship with President Mugabe whilst she was a secretary at Sate House. The rumours or claims remained unconfirmed and there was no response from either Muchinguri or Mugabe on the matter.<ref name="fisher"> H. Fisher, [https://zimnowmedia.wordpress.com/2014/12/13/all-the-presidents-women-2-why-mugabe-appointed-uneducated-comfort-woman-oppah-muchinguri-to-head-education/ Mugabe is Father of Oppah Muchinguri’s Daughter Tanya Rushesha Claims Ex-Bodyguard],''Now Daily'', retrieved:30 Jan 2015 "</ref>
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In 2011 Muchinguri threatened to expose  [[Zanu-PF]] officials who do not appreciate the sacrifice the War Veterans made and how hard it was for them to liberate the country. Muchinguri reportedly said [[Zanu-PF]] was infiltrated by crooks who were abusing their positions to amass wealth through corruption and underhand dealings and that she was not afraid to expose them despite being in top positions.<ref name="TheZimbabwean"> [http://www.thezimbabwean.co/2011/02/muchinguri-says-zanu-full-of-crooks/Muchinguri says Zanu full of crooks], '', Published: DATE_5 February 2011 , Retrieved:27 November 2017 ''</ref> </blockquote>
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===Alleged ties to Emmerson Mnangagwa ===
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Muchinguri has been generally viewed as a Mugabe loyalist and also closely linked to [[Emmerson Mnangagwa]] and [[Jonathan Moyo]]In 2013  battle for succession for Presidency between [[Joice Mujuru]] and [[Emmerson Mnangagwa]], who both denied that they harbour presidential ambitions at that time, reportedly spilt over to Zanu PF’s provincial structures. Muchinguri was one of the members accused of causing divisions and belonging to the Mnangagwa camp in Manicaland.<ref name="Zimbabwe Independent"> [https://www.theindependent.co.zw/2013/08/23/mutasa-vows-to-deal-with-mnangagwa-loyalists-in-manicaland/Mutasa vows to deal with Mnangagwa loyalists in Manicaland  ], '', Published: 23 August 2013 , Retrieved:27 November 2017''</ref>
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After Mnangagwa was dismissed in early November 2017 by [[Robert Mugabe]], Muchinguri was largely accused of being the 'godmother' of team Lacoste and being an accomplice to remove Mugabe from presidency.<ref name="The Herald"> [http://www.herald.co.zw/knives-out-for-muchinguri/ Knives out for Muchinguri ], '', Published:7 November 2017, Retrieved:27 November 2017''</ref>
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===Stepping Down As Secretary of Women's League - 2014===
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Muchinguri made headlines in 2014 when she stepped down from her position as the Secretary of the [[Women's League]] in the Zanu-PF party. The stepping down was received as a calculated move to bring [[Grace Mugabe]] into the mainstream Zimbabwean political arena. However, in November 2017 Muchinguri revealed that she had been forced to resign from her position,
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It’s unfair to say I handed it over. I was pushed to surrender that position.
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Grudgingly, I surrendered that position because some women approached me to say I should give it up for the first lady.
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I don’t know what benefits they were looking for, so I had to do so reluctantly.
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<ref name="The Standard"> [https://www.thestandard.co.zw/2017/11/26/oppah-muchinguri-spills-beans-grace-mugabe/Oppah Muchinguri spills the beans on Grace Mugabe ], '', Published: 26 November 2017 , Retrieved:27 November 2017''</ref></blockquote>
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===Appointment in Cabinet - 2014===
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During the period of the Zanu- PF People’s Congress in 2014 Oppah Muchinguri and [[Grace Mugabe]] went on a crusade denouncing what they called divisive elements in the Zanu- PF party. Muchinguri together with [[Grace Mugabe]] openly accused the then vice president [[Joice Mujuru]] of fanning factionalism in the party and also plotting to unseat [[Robert Mugabe]]. Soon after, Muchinguri was one of the people appointed by  [[Robert Mugabe]] in the cabinet reshuffle later that year. The appointment came after the Zanu- PF congress which also saw the demotion of some senior members and cabinet ministers. Muchinguri was given the post of Minister of Higher and Tertiary Education which was previously led by [[Olivia Muchena]] who was dismissed on allegations of factionalism.<ref name="herald">L Mataire [http://www.herald.co.zw/mujuru-betrayed-our-trust/ Mujuru Betrayed Our Trust], ''The Herald'', Published:13 December 14, Retrieved:15 December 14</ref>
  
 
==Trivia==
 
==Trivia==
The late musician [[Simon Chimbetu]] sang a song titled ''Oppah'' which talks about his love for such a woman. it was widely believed it was dedicated to Muchinguri.
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The late musician [[Simon Chimbetu]] sang a song titled ''Oppah'' which talks about his love for such a woman, was widely believed to be dedicated to Muchinguri.
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Muchinguri  was  passenger in a car crash that killed Tongorara on the eve of independence in December 1979 and it was reported the two were in a romantic relationship.<ref>[http://www.africa-confidential.com/whos-who-profile/id/557 Oppah Muchinguri], ''Africa Confidential'', Published: No Date Given, Retrieved: July 9, 2014</ref>
  
 
==Picture Gallery==
 
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Oppah Muchinguri and Grace Mugabe.jpg|''Oppah Muchinguri and [[Grace Mugabe]]''
 
Oppah Muchinguri and Grace Mugabe.jpg|''Oppah Muchinguri and [[Grace Mugabe]]''
 
Oppah Muchinguri and Grace Mugabe, with Amos Midzi in the middle.jpg|''Oppah Muchinguri and Grace Mugabe, with [[Amos Midzi]] in the middle''
 
Oppah Muchinguri and Grace Mugabe, with Amos Midzi in the middle.jpg|''Oppah Muchinguri and Grace Mugabe, with [[Amos Midzi]] in the middle''
Mugabe greets Cde Nicholas Goche with Oppah Muchinguri in the background.jpg|''Mugabe greets Cde [[Nicholas Goche ]] with Oppah Muchinguri in the background, before the politburo meeting at the party headquarters in Harare''
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Mugabe greets Cde Nicholas Goche with Oppah Muchinguri in the background.jpg|''Mugabe greets Cde [[Nicholas Goche]] with Oppah Muchinguri in the background, before the politburo meeting at the party headquarters in Harare''
Robert Mugabe chats with Oppah Muchinguri, Nicolas Goche, and Absolom Sikhosana before a politburo meeting in Harare -Nov 2014.jpg|''[[Robert Mugabe]] chats with Oppah Muchinguri, [[Nicholas]] Goche, and [[Absolom Sikhosana]] before a politburo meeting in Harare -Nov 2014''
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Robert Mugabe chats with Oppah Muchinguri, Nicolas Goche, and Absolom Sikhosana before a politburo meeting in Harare -Nov 2014.jpg|''[[Robert Mugabe]] chats with Oppah Muchinguri, [[Nicholas Goche]], and [[Absolom Sikhosana]] before a politburo meeting in Harare -Nov 2014''
 
Oppah Muchinguri and Anthony Kashiri at Mutare Polytechnic in 2015.jpg|''Oppah Muchinguri and [[Anthony Kashiri]] at [[Mutare Polytechnic]] in 2015''
 
Oppah Muchinguri and Anthony Kashiri at Mutare Polytechnic in 2015.jpg|''Oppah Muchinguri and [[Anthony Kashiri]] at [[Mutare Polytechnic]] in 2015''
 
Oppah Muchinguri attending ZANU-PF Conference in Chinhoyi in December 2013.jpg|''Oppah Muchinguri attending ZANU-PF Conference in [[Chinhoyi]] in December 2013''
 
Oppah Muchinguri attending ZANU-PF Conference in Chinhoyi in December 2013.jpg|''Oppah Muchinguri attending ZANU-PF Conference in [[Chinhoyi]] in December 2013''
Oppah Muchinguri chats to Foreign Affairs Deputy Minister Chris Mutsvangwa.jpg|''Oppah Muchinguri chats to Foreign Affairs Deputy Minister [[Chris Mutsvangwa]]''
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Oppah Muchinguri chats to Foreign Affairs Deputy Minister Chris Mutsvangwa.jpg|''Oppah Muchinguri chats to Foreign Affairs Deputy Minister [[Christopher Mutsvangwa]]''
 
Oppah Muchinguri at one of Grace Mugabe Meet the People Rally in Bulawayo.jpg|''Oppah Muchinguri at one of Grace Mugabe's Meet the People Rallies in [[Bulawayo]] in October 2014''
 
Oppah Muchinguri at one of Grace Mugabe Meet the People Rally in Bulawayo.jpg|''Oppah Muchinguri at one of Grace Mugabe's Meet the People Rallies in [[Bulawayo]] in October 2014''
 
Oppah Muchinguri alongside Grace Mugabe at a Meet the People rally in Bulawayo Oct 2014.jpg|''Oppah Muchinguri alongside Grace Mugabe at a Meet the People rally in Bulawayo Oct 2014''
 
Oppah Muchinguri alongside Grace Mugabe at a Meet the People rally in Bulawayo Oct 2014.jpg|''Oppah Muchinguri alongside Grace Mugabe at a Meet the People rally in Bulawayo Oct 2014''
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Oppah Muchinguri
Bishop Kashiri and Oppah Muchinguri-Kashiri (Ndine mukomana wangu)
Oppah Muchinguri
BornOppah Chamu Zvipange Muchinguri
(1958-12-14) December 14, 1958 (age 62)
ResidenceMutare, Harare
NationalityZimbabwe
EducationUniversity of Zimbabwe
Occupation
  • Former Minister of Higher and Tertiary Education.
  • Politician
  • Member of Parliament
Years active1985
EmployerGovernment of Zimbabwe
OrganizationMinistry of Defence and War Veterans Affairs
Home townManicaland
Political partyZimbabwe African National Union Patriotic Front Chairperson
Spouse(s)Bishop Anthony Kashiri (m. 2015)
Tapiwa Rushesha (divorced 1990)
ChildrenTanya Rushesha, Natasha Rushesha


Oppah Muchinguri Kashiri is a Zimbabwean politician and the current Minister of Defence and War Veterans. She is the former Minister of Water, Environment, and Climate. She is the former Minister of Higher and Tertiary Education. Muchinguri is a member of the Zanu-PF party where she is a member of Central Committee and Politburo representing Manicaland Province. She is also a Member of Parliament for Mutasa Central Constituency. On the 15th of December 2017, she was appointed as the National Chairperson for the Zanu-PF party, becoming the first woman to assume that position.

Background

She was born Oppah Chamu Zvipange Muchinguri on the 14th of December 1958, and lived in Mutasa District's Zongoro Area, in Manicaland Province in the then Rhodesia now Zimbabwe. Muchinguri was married to Tapiwa Rushesha and they divorced in the 1990s after having two children together who are Natasha Rushesha and Tanya Rushesha.[1] In 2015 Muchinguri announced her marriage to Bishop Anthony Kashiri. [2]

Education

Oppah did her Primary School at St James Zongoro, an Anglican Institution.
She attended Hartzell High School.
She graduated with a Master of Science degree in International Relations from the University of Zimbabwe in 2013.[3]

Political career

Oppah received her military training in Mozambique and later joined the liberation war of the Second Chimurenga fighting in the Josiah Tongogara- commanded Zimbabwe African National Liberation Army (ZANLA).[4]

At independence, she was appointed as Private Secretary to the President between 1980 and 1981. She was Deputy Minister twice, first of State for External Affairs between 1989 and 1993 and of Environment and Tourism between 1993 and 1997. Her first ministerial post came in 1997 when she was appointed Minister of State in the President’s Office, a post she held until 2000. Muchinguri was appointed Minister of Women's Affairs , Gender and Community Development in 2005.[5]

Farm Mechanisation Scheme

In July 2020, Oppah Muchinguri was listed, in the BSR of 18 July 2020, as a beneficiary in the 2007 RBZ Farm Mechanisation Scheme, as a result of the Fast Track Land Reform Programme.

The data is analysed by recipients origin:.

  • Mashonaland provinces had the most beneficiaries, both in terms of numbers and value.

Mashonaland East got US$47,5 million,
Mashonaland West US$44,7 million
Mashonaland Central had US$34,2 million.

  • Two Matebeleland provinces had a combined total of US$13,9 million.
  • Masvingo US$26,4 million,
  • Manicaland US$18 million
  • Midlands US$14 million.

Oppah Muchinguri is listed under the thematic group “Politicians”. According to the list, she and her Middlepos Farm have a debt of US$383,131.00 under the scheme. [6]

Positions Held

  • 1980-1981 Private Secretary to Prime Minister Robert Mugabe
  • 2000-2003-Secretary to the President Governor of Manicaland Province
  • 2005-2009 Minister of Women's Affairs, Gender and Community Development
  • 2009-2014 Secretary General ZANU-PF Woman’s League
  • 2014 -Secretary for Higher and Tertiary Education in the Zanu-PF party
  • 2014 -Minister of Higher and Tertiary Education
  • 2015- Minister of Water, Environment & Climate
  • Central Committee Member[7]

Invovement in Zanu-PF Factionalism 2009 to 2017

Push To Replace Mujuru - 2009 to 2017

In 2009, it was reported that the Emmerson Mnangagwa faction was to push for the election of Muchinguri as vice-president of the party to replace Mujuru who was accused of working with the Morgan Tsvangirai-led MDC-T. .[8]

In 2014 when Joice Mujuru was Vice President it was reported again that the Mnangagwa camp was strategizing on how Mujuru could be challenged and Muchinguri would take over. The media reported that there were moves to push Women Affairs minister, Oppah Muchinguri to challenge Mujuru at the Congress so that they take her out of the succession race and pave way for the strategic positioning of Mnangagwa to ultimately take over the reins when the time comes.[9]

Muchinguri, however, dismissed the reports as baseless fabrications created by individuals with an agenda to divide Zanu-PF.

“In Zanu PF, we don’t work like that. We have clear rules and regulations and established structures in place,” said Muchinguri. [9]

In October 2017 the team Lacoste Faction was reportedly backing Muchinguri for vice presidency in the event that Mnangagwa did not succeed.[10]Lacoste Manoeuvring To Have Oppah Muchinguri Nominated For Female Vice President

Support of War Vets -2011

In 2011 Muchinguri threatened to expose Zanu-PF officials who do not appreciate the sacrifice the War Veterans made and how hard it was for them to liberate the country. Muchinguri reportedly said Zanu-PF was infiltrated by crooks who were abusing their positions to amass wealth through corruption and underhand dealings and that she was not afraid to expose them despite being in top positions.[11]

Alleged ties to Emmerson Mnangagwa

Muchinguri has been generally viewed as a Mugabe loyalist and also closely linked to Emmerson Mnangagwa and Jonathan Moyo. In 2013 battle for succession for Presidency between Joice Mujuru and Emmerson Mnangagwa, who both denied that they harbour presidential ambitions at that time, reportedly spilt over to Zanu PF’s provincial structures. Muchinguri was one of the members accused of causing divisions and belonging to the Mnangagwa camp in Manicaland.[12]

After Mnangagwa was dismissed in early November 2017 by Robert Mugabe, Muchinguri was largely accused of being the 'godmother' of team Lacoste and being an accomplice to remove Mugabe from presidency.[13]

Stepping Down As Secretary of Women's League - 2014

Muchinguri made headlines in 2014 when she stepped down from her position as the Secretary of the Women's League in the Zanu-PF party. The stepping down was received as a calculated move to bring Grace Mugabe into the mainstream Zimbabwean political arena. However, in November 2017 Muchinguri revealed that she had been forced to resign from her position,

It’s unfair to say I handed it over. I was pushed to surrender that position. Grudgingly, I surrendered that position because some women approached me to say I should give it up for the first lady. I don’t know what benefits they were looking for, so I had to do so reluctantly.

[14]

Appointment in Cabinet - 2014

During the period of the Zanu- PF People’s Congress in 2014 Oppah Muchinguri and Grace Mugabe went on a crusade denouncing what they called divisive elements in the Zanu- PF party. Muchinguri together with Grace Mugabe openly accused the then vice president Joice Mujuru of fanning factionalism in the party and also plotting to unseat Robert Mugabe. Soon after, Muchinguri was one of the people appointed by Robert Mugabe in the cabinet reshuffle later that year. The appointment came after the Zanu- PF congress which also saw the demotion of some senior members and cabinet ministers. Muchinguri was given the post of Minister of Higher and Tertiary Education which was previously led by Olivia Muchena who was dismissed on allegations of factionalism.[15]

Trivia

The late musician Simon Chimbetu sang a song titled Oppah which talks about his love for such a woman, was widely believed to be dedicated to Muchinguri. Muchinguri was passenger in a car crash that killed Tongorara on the eve of independence in December 1979 and it was reported the two were in a romantic relationship.[16]

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References

  1. Oppah Muchinguri finds new love, Nehanda Radio, Published: May 14, 2013, Retrieved: July 9, 2014
  2. finds new love , , Published: 24 January 2015 , Retrieved:27 November 2017
  3. OPPAH MUCHINGURI GRADUATES FROM UZ, NewsDzeZimbabwe, Published: September 14, 2013, Retrieved: July 9, 2014
  4. Oppah Muchinguri, Africa Confidential, Published: No Date Given, Retrieved: July 9, 2014
  5. Dumisani Muleya, Zanu PF factions bug each other’s hotel rooms Nehanda Radio, Published: December 9, 2011, Retrieved: July 9, 2014,
  6. https://www.bigsr.co.uk/single-post/2020/07/18/BSR-EXCLUSIVE-Beneficiaries-of-the-RBZ-Farm-Mechanisation-Scheme BSR EXCLUSIVE: Beneficiaries of the RBZ Farm Mechanisation Scheme], Big Saturday Read, Published: 18 July 2020 Retrieved: 18 July 2020
  7. , Oppah Muchinguri, Africa Confidential, Published:January 5, 2014, Retrieved:15 Dec 14
  8. Muchinguri to Challenge Mujuru for VP’s Post, , Published: 11 June 2009 , Retrieved: 27 November 2017
  9. 9.0 9.1 VP post: Mujuru faces challenge, , Published:25 May 2014 , Retrieved: 27 November 2017
  10. Team Lacoste Hatches Plan B, , Published: 22 October 2017 , Retrieved: 27 November 2017
  11. says Zanu full of crooks, , Published: DATE_5 February 2011 , Retrieved:27 November 2017
  12. vows to deal with Mnangagwa loyalists in Manicaland , , Published: 23 August 2013 , Retrieved:27 November 2017
  13. Knives out for Muchinguri , , Published:7 November 2017, Retrieved:27 November 2017
  14. Muchinguri spills the beans on Grace Mugabe , , Published: 26 November 2017 , Retrieved:27 November 2017
  15. L Mataire Mujuru Betrayed Our Trust, The Herald, Published:13 December 14, Retrieved:15 December 14
  16. Oppah Muchinguri, Africa Confidential, Published: No Date Given, Retrieved: July 9, 2014