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Nelson Chamisa Bio, Biography, Age, Wife, Children, Education, Presidential Candidate MDC (Zimbabwe)

Nelson Chamisa Presidential candidate of the Movement for Democratic Change Alliance in the 30 July 2018 General Elections

Nelson Chamisa Bio, Biography

Nelson Chamisa was born on 2 February 1978. He is a Zimbabwean politician, current Movement for Democratic Change ( MDC) Alliance President and member of the House of Assembly of Zimbabwe for Kuwadzana, Harare. 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.  Nelson Chamisa is the MDC Alliance’s candidate for president in the 30 July 2018 general election.
Presidential candidate of the Movement for Democratic Change Alliance in the 30 July 2018 General Elections
President of MDC Assumed office – 15 February 2018
Preceded by Morgan Tsvangirai (as party president)
Member of the Zimbabwean Parliament for Kuwadzana Central
Assumed office
Minister of Information Communication Technology of Zimbabwe
In office
13 February 2009 – 31 July 2013
Personal details
Born 2 February 1978  in Gutu, Rhodesia (now in Zimbabwe)
Age 40 Years old as of 2018
Wife Sithokozile Chamisa
Children Ashley Chamisa
Political party Movement for Democratic Change ( MDC )
Residence Harare, Zimbabwe
Education Harare Polytechnic
University of Zimbabwe

Nelson Chamisa Biography

Chamisa is a former chairperson of the MDC Youth Assembly. He was chosen MDC representative at the party Congress in June 2006. In April 2011 at the Party’s congress in Bulawayo, he was elected as the Party’s Organizing secretary, a post which beforehand belonged to Elias Mudzuri. In Parliament, he is a member of the portfolio committees of Defence and Home Affairs, Public Accounts, Gender and Youth and Transport and Communications. Chamisa is also a member of the Local Government, Public Works & Urban Development and the African Caribbean and Pacific Parliament. He is a former secretary-general of the Zimbabwe National Students Union.

In March 2007 he was assaulted at Harare International Airport as he attempted to leave Zimbabwe 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.”

Nelson Chamisa Minister of Communication 2009-2013

On 10 February 2009, Morgan Tsvangirai designated Chamisa for the position of Minister of Information, Communication, and Technology as a part of the national unity government. After taking office, he fell into a debate with Webster Shamu, the Minister of Information and Publicity, in regards to which service should deal with telecommunications. The Herald reported on 10 April 2009 that President Robert Mugabe had assigned responsibility for telecommunications to the Ministry of Transport, headed by Nicholas Goche. Chamisa and Tsvangirai objected to this decision, saying that Mugabe had no power to unilaterally assign telecommunications to another ministry under the terms of the power-sharing agreement

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 Secretary for Movement for Democratic Change (MDC). He lost the position of party Secretary-General in the party’s 2014 Congress to Douglas Mwonzora. On 16 July 2016 Chamisa was appointed as co-Vice President of the MDC by Tsvangirai to serve alongside Mudzuri and Khupe.

Nelson Chamisa President of MDC

When party leader Morgan Tsvangirai began battling colon cancer, power struggles began to ensue in the party, mainly between the three Vice Presidents Chamisa, Elias Mudzuri and Thokozani Khupe. On 14 February 2018, 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 hence sidelining Mudzuri and Khupe out. As the new President of the MDC-T, he also took over the role of President of the MDC Alliance. Nelson Chamisa will be representing MDC Alliance as the Presidential Candidate in the 30 July 2018 general election.

Nelson Chamisa Education

Chamisa holds a bachelor’s degree in political science and public administration, and an LLB (Honours) from the University of Zimbabwe. He is a qualified lawyer and has worked for Harare law firm Atherstone and Cook since November 2014.

Nelson Chamisa Wife, Chile

He is married to his wife Ashley Chamisa and have one child,  Sithokozile Chamisa.



Moses Njoroge is the Senior Editor at Glob Intel, a news and IT service provider company. He has a wide range of experience in freelance writing, Web/System Development and other related IT services.

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