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|
|Minister of Information Communication Technology of Zimbabwe|
13 February 2009 – 31 July 2013
|Born||2 February 1978Gutu, Rhodesia (now in Zimbabwe)|
|Age||40 Years old as of 2018|
|Political party||Movement for Democratic Change ( MDC )|
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.