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Nelson Chamisa: Facts You Must Know

Harare - Nelson Chamisa is a husband, father, pastor, politician, orator, advocate - and a host of other titles he gained in a challenging e...

Harare - Nelson Chamisa is a husband, father, pastor, politician, orator, advocate - and a host of other titles he gained in a challenging era, covering decades.

His spaghetti roads, village airports, $15 billion into the economy mantra have attracted rebuke and labelled as political populism.

Besides the ongoing feud with Thokozani Khupe over the leadership of the party, ignited after the death of the founding MDC president, Morgan Tsvangirai on February 14, 2018, Chamisa has maintained his charisma and eloquence, attracting the attention of youths and the world at large.

Chamisa (40) was born on 2 February 1978 is a Zimbabwean politician, current MDC Alliance President. 

His charismatic speeches and eloquence saw him rise to become the Secretary for Information and Publicity for the opposition party Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) - and former national youth chairperson for that party.

His wife Sithokozile is a little-known character - and there are no photos of him with her in public. Together they have a child called Ashley. He is a founding member of the MDC in 1999.

He was only 21 years old then. In 2003 he broke new ground in the politics of Zimbabwe by becoming one of the youngest members of Parliament at age 25.
Nelson Chamisa Prays for a Young Patient 
Chamisa announced his entry into politics during his college days when he was appointed Harare Polytechnic Student Representative Council (SRC) president in his first year in 1998.

In 2009, as Zimbabwe Minister of ICT in an inclusive government, Chamisa pushed for the removal of excise duty on computers and mobile phones.

This removal of duty on these technology items is considered to have contributed significantly to the accessibility of mobile phones and mobile telephony to more people in Zimbabwe.

In December 2016, he graduated with a Degree in Theology from Living Waters Bible College, an institution founded by the Apostolic Faith Mission in Zimbabwe.

Chamisa was part of the legal team representing Zuva Petroleum in a landmark Supreme Court case whose judgment triggered mass job terminations affecting tens of thousands of workers in Zimbabwe.

In March 2007 he was attacked at Harare International Airport as he attempted to leave the country for Belgium; he was admitted to a hospital with a broken skull. On the current situation in Zimbabwe, he said, "There is no security. There is no protection. All of us are at risk.

Chamisa served as a cabinet minister from February 2009 to July 2013, until the end of the Government of National Unity. He also served as the Movement for Democratic Change's (MDC-T) organising secretary.

Chamisa is known as one of the most popular MDC-T leaders and is often touted as a possible successor to Morgan Tsvangirai. He lost the position of party Secretary-General in the party's 2014 congress to Douglas Mwonzora.

The opposition leader has been accused of barring other youth and student leaders from having closer access to party president Tsvangirai, a move allegedly meant to protect his position.

After the expulsion of Tendai Biti and Elton Mangoma, Chamisa's relationship with Morgan Tsvangirai deteriorated; he was not well-liked by Tsvangirai's loyalists. On 16 July 2016 Chamisa was appointed as co-Vice President of the MDC by Tsvangirai to serve alongside Mudzuri and Khupe.

When party leader Morgan Tsvangirai began battling colon cancer, power struggles began to ensue in the party, mainly between Chamisa, Eng. Mudzuri and Khupe.

On 14 February, it was announced that Tsvangirai had succumbed to colon cancer in the hospital and the next day, the Party's national council appointed Chamisa acting President for 12 months effectively elbowing his counterpart VP Elias Mudzuri out. - Online Sources

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