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|Born||Tshinga Judge Dube|
June 3, 1941
|Employer||Government of Zimbabwe|
|Political party||Zimbabwe African National Union Patriotic Front|
Tshinga Judge Dube is a Zimbabwean politician, retired colonel in the Zimbabwe National Army, member of parliament for Makokoba. He is a member of ZANU-PF and was appointed Minister of Welfare Services for War Veterans, War Collaborators and Former Political Detainees in March 2016 after Chris Mutsvangwa was dismissed from the post. Before then, Dube had been Deputy Minister in the same ministry since September 2015. Dube was removed from the same ministry in October 2017.He is the current Parliamentary Portfolio Chairman on Defence, Home Affairs and Security Services.
Tshinga Dube was born Tshinga Judge Dube on 3 July 1941.
Dube holds a Master of Science degree in Electro-Tech from MADI Institute of Technology in Moscow.
He was a leader of Zapu's military wing ZIPRA during Zimbabwe's war for independence. After independence he joined the Zimbabwe National Army as director of signals before retiring. He also worked in the Ministry of Defence as a deputy secretary and director of research and development before being appointed Managing Director of Zimbabwe Defence Industries. He was a Zimbabwe Mining Development Corporation (ZMDC) board member for eight years and deputy board chairman of TelOne for seven years. In 2012 he was named the chairperson of Marange Resources. He was once an advisory board member to the secretary-general of the United Nations on Disarmament. He was elected the member of parliament for Makokoba in June 2015 after losing in the 2013 harmonised elections. In September 2015 he was sworn in as Minister of Welfare Services for War Veterans, War Collaborators and Former Political Detainees. Dube is also the fundraising chairman for Zanu-Pf in Bulawayo Province.
In 2008 at the height of Zimbabwe’s economic crisis, he fed the elderly in Mkokoba constituency, nursed them and gave them amenities. Dube has also been Highlanders Football Club benefactor for many years and he bought the club Manwele bar for $18 000 and paid expatriate coach Eddie May for years. He also provided an additional $25, 000 to the $ 20, 000 that the club had set aside to buy a bus. Some sections of the public accused him using Highlanders to campaign for the Makokoba seat.
- Dube at one time brought in the late Michael Jackson to Zimbabwe. He also brought South African musicians Freddie Gwala and Platform One to perform for free in 2013 ahead of the elections.
- In July 2015, Dube struggled to read his prepared maiden speech in parliament and was forced to sit down after his extended time ran out. Some of the issues that were in Dube’s speech included that his constituency, which was thriving in its heydays now signified a squalor due to economic difficulties. Dube spoke in a very low voice causing opposition MPs to make fun of him saying he was speaking to himself. Mabvuku/Tafara MP James Maridadi of Movement for Democratic Change - Tsvangirayi (MDC-T) (MDC-T) even took a picture of Dube in jest. He was ordered to hand over his speech to Hansard, a parliamentary publication that records proceedings verbatim.
- Dube was conferred the Grand Officer of the Zimbabwe Order of Merit on August 14, 2012 by President Mugabe.
In May 2017, Dube was admitted at a private medical institution due to health complications. Social media was awash with stories indicating that Dube had collapsed at his offices. However, secretary for the ministry Brigadier General Walter Asher Tapfumaneyi refuted the reports, saying the minister had not collapsed, but was admitted after visiting the hospital for a routine check-up on Wednesday. A local newspaper reported that Dube was reportedly suffering from a kidney ailment and had visited the private hospital for dialysis purposes.
- Tshinga Dube Named Marange Resources Chair, Financial Gazette, Published: March 2, 2012, Retrieved: September 14, 2015
- Nqaba Matshazi, Try, try again: Tshinga Dube’s story of hope, Southern Eye, Published: June 13, 2015, Retrieved: September 14, 2015
- Farirai Machivenyika, Cabinet reshuffled, Herald, Published: September 12, 2015, Retrieved: September 14, 2015
- Pamela Shumba, Byo fundraises for national congress, Chronicle, Published: November 11, 2014, Retrieved:September 14, 2015
- Ndunduzo Tshuma, Tshinga Dube dismissed detractors, Chronicle, Published: June 6, 2015, Retrieved: September 14, 2015
- Verenanda Langa, Baptism of fire for MP Tshinga Dube, Southern Eye, Published: July 15, 2015, Retrieved: September 14, 2015
- Patrick Chitumba, Tshinga Dube fingered in plot to unseat President, Chronicle, Published: November 22, 2014, Retrieved: September 14, 2015
- Tshinga Dube hospitalised, NewsDay, published: May 5, 2017, retrieved: May 5, 2017