Tuesday 7 November 2017


1960 – He is expelled from Kafue College, Zambia for political activism and joins the United National Independence Party.

1962 – He is recruited into Zimbabwe African People’s Union (Zapu) by Willie Musarurwa and is sent to Egypt for military training.

1963 – He defects to the newly-formed Zanu while in Egypt and is arrested before being released. Zanu sends him to China for further military training.

1964 – Mnangagwa goes to Tanzania where he establishes the Crocodile gang with Felix Santana, Robert Garachani, Lloyd Gundu, Phebion Shonhiwa and John Chigaba.

1964 – The gang dashes to Rhodesia to attend the Zanu congress in Gwelo (now Gweru) and thereafter unleashes a reign of terror targeting white Rhodesians.

One is killed leading to Mnangagwa’s arrest. He escapes the hangman’s noose by lying about his age and is sentenced to life imprisonment which is further commuted to a 10-year sentence.

1974 – He is released from prison and deported to Zambia where his family stayed.

1977 – Mnangagwa is elected as special assistant to the president and member of the national executive for Zanu.

1980 to 1988 – Serves as minister of State Security.

1988 to 2000 – Appointed minister of Justice, Legal and Parliamentary Affairs and leader of the House.

2000 – He is defeated by the MDC’s Blessing Chebundo in the Parliamentary elections but is appointed Speaker of Parliament.

2004 – Mnangagwa is demoted from Zanu PF secretary for administration position to secretary for legal affairs after being linked to a plot to topple President Robert Mugabe in what became known as the Tsholotsho Declaration.

2008 – Mnangagwa moves to Chirumhanzu-Zibagwe constituency which he wins. He is credited with saving Mugabe after he was defeated by MDC leader Morgan Tsvangirai in the first round of presidential election.

Zanu PF unleashes terror in the run-up to the run-off which forced Tsvangirai to pull from the race days before voting citing massive violence against his supporters.

2009 – Mnangagwa is appointed Defence minister.

2014 – Appointed vice president after the ouster of Joice Mujuru.

2017 – Is fired from the job after being accused of disloyalty.


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