Oppah Muchinguri

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Oppah Muchinguri is a former liberation war fighter and politician who is the current Minister of Women's Affairs, Gender and Community Development.

Background

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 when her husband was enraged because Mugabe allegedly sent his body guards to pick her up for meetings at the middle of the night on many occassions.[1]

Political Career

She participated in the liberation war fighting in the Josiah Tongogara- commanded Zimbabwe African National Liberation Army (ZANLA). She received her military training in Mozambique and was fellow passenger in a car crash that killed Tongorara at the eve of independence in December 1979.[2]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 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.[3]

Controversy

Since her messy divorce in the 1990s, Muchinguri was allegedly having numerous affairs with married men. At one point in the 1990s she allegedly had a public scuffle at the Harare Airport with Grace Mugabe over earrings allegedly bought for her by President Mugabe.

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