Paul Mangwana

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Paul Mangwana

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Paul Mangwana
Minister of Indigenisation and Empowerment
In office
February 2007 – February 2009
Preceded bySamuel Mumbengegwi
Succeeded bySavior Kasukuwere
Minister of State for State Enterprises and Parastatals
In office
August 2002 – February 2004
Personal details
Born (1961-08-10) 10 August 1961 (age 60)
Rhodesia
NationalityZimbabwe
Political partyZanu-PF
RelationsNick Mangwana (brother)
OccupationCabinet Minister
ProfessionLawyer, Politician

Paul Mangwana is a Zimbabwean politician and lawyer. Mangwana is a member of Zanu-PF and party's deputy secretary for legal affairs. He is a member of the party's central committee. Mangwa was a co-chair of the Constitution Select Committee charged with the drawing up a new constitution for Zimbabwe by the Government of National Unity between 2009 and 2013, COPAC.

Political Career

Member of Parliament

In 2008, Mangwana was nominated by his party as candidate for the House of Assembly seat from Chivi Central constituency, in Masvingo Province, in the March 2008 parliamentary election.[1] He won the seat with 8,228 votes, defeating Henry Chivhanga of the MDC-T, who received 6,471 votes, and Tinashe Mufudzi, an independent who received 452 votes.[2]

Indigenisation

After the Indigenisation and Economic Empowerment Bill, which provided for Zimbabweans to hold a majority share in some businesses, was passed in March 2008, Mangwana said that the law did not mean expropriation would take place and that there was "no reason to panic". He noted that existing businesses would "need time to adjust" and said that "engagement and consultation" would take place within a timeframe of perhaps five or ten years. Defending the law, he said that "the revolution is not complete until indigenous Zimbabweans own the means of production".[3]

Making of New Constitution

In April 2009, Mangwana was appointed to represent Zanu-PF as co-chair of the Parliamentary Select Committee that steered the making of Zimbabwe's new constitution. The other parties were represented by Douglas Mwonzora of the MDC-T and Edward Mkhosi of MDC.

In a 2014 BBC produced documentary of the constitution making process called Democrats Mangwanwa revealed that fellow Zanu-PF members had plotted to assasinated him to derail the constitution making process. The plot was made after senoir members of Zanu-PF accused COPAC of attempting to smuggle in a clause into the constitution that would prevent Robert Mugabe to contest any election again.

Me and the project had to be destroyed … basically they wanted it to be an accident. They sent word out to the team that atengesa (he has sold out) then the team said let’s destroy him and the project So when I visited the general and put my cards on the table … he grouped all the people who were involved in the plot; it was a powerful team. Those who are in the know in my own party are saying we do not know how you survived.[4]

References

  1. "Zimbabwe: Zanu-PF Names Poll Candidates", The Herald (allAfrica.com), 15 February 2008.
  2. "Zimbabwe election results 2008", newzimbabwe.com.
  3. "Equity bill: 'There is no reason to panic'", Sapa-AFP (IOL), 11 March 2008.
  4. Mangwana assassination, Zanu PF responds, NewZimbabwe.com , Published:12 February 2015, Retrieved: 04 September 2016