Rugare Gumbo

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Rugare Gumbo

Rugare Eleck Ngidi Gumbo, a Zimbabwean politician, was born on the 8th of March in 1940. He grew up in colonial Rhodesia in Belingwe district. He served his political career with the Zimbabwe African National Union Party (Zanu PF).


He was born in Belingwe (renamed Mberengwa after independence) district of Rhodesia in 1940, educated government secondary school. From his early teens he was involved in nationalist politics, and at the age of 22 was a branch chairman of the Fort Victoria (now Masvingo) ZAPU party under Joshua Nkomo.[1]


Gumbo acquired tertiary education abroad during the early years of the nationalist struggle in the 1960s. Gumbo attained his first degree at Boston University in the United States of America.[2] He studied for a Barchelor of Arts degree. He then went to Canada where he studied for a Masters degree at Carlton University. He went further to study for a Masters in Education at Toronto University.[2]

Nationalist Politics

In 1962, Gumbo became actively involved in nationalist politics. This resulted in his arrest that year after taking part in the organisation of a general strike. He was released in 1962 and left for the United States of America for tertiary education. [1]

Role in the Second Chimurenga

After returning from the diaspora in 1973, Gumbo joined the liberation struggle which was popularly known as the Second Chimurenga. He was made Secretary of Information in the DARE ReChimurenga which was the external wing for the Zimbabwe African National Union (ZANU) party. He worked under the chairmanship of Herbert Chitepo. [3]

In March 1975, Rugare Gumbo was one the people arrested and detained on allegations of taking part in the assassination of Herbert Chitepo. He was imprisoned together with the likes of Simon Mzenda, Nathan Shamhuyarira and Enos Nkala. [3]

Soon after his release from prison, Gumbo actively took part in the organisation of the liberation struggle in the provision of military support for the guerrillas. He was also part of the delegation that went to Britain which resulted in the Lancaster House Agreement of December 1979.[4]

Post War Period

  1. Deputy Minister of Home Affairs
  2. Minister of Economic Development- 2005
  3. Minister of Agriculture-2007 [5]
  4. Publicity and Information Secretary- Zimbabwe African National Union Patriotic Front (Zanu PF)
  5. Member of the Politiburo (Zanu PF)
  6. Member of the Central Committee (Zanu PF)[6]


  1. 1.0 1.1 , Rugare Gumbo is a bitter man, "SW Radio", published:25 May 2011,retrieved:2 Jul 2014"
  2. 2.0 2.1 , Rugare Eleck Ngidi Gumbo, "Africa Confidential", published:2013,retrieved:2 Jul 2014"
  3. 3.0 3.1 D. Mitchell and R. Carey, Rugare Gumbo, "Colonial Relic", retrieved:2 Jul 2014"
  4. D Mleya, [1], "The Standard", published:11 Mar 2010,retrieved:2 Jul 2014"
  5. , Zimbabwe: Losing Ministers Axed, "All Africa", published:3 Jan 2009,retrieved:2 Jul 2014"
  6. , title, "Nehanda Radio", published:22 Jun 2011,retrieved:2 Jul 2014"