Amos Midzi

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The Honourable
Amos Midzi
MP
Minister of Mines and Mining Development
Incumbent
Assumed office
February 2004
President Robert Mugabe
Personal details
Born (1952-07-04) 4 July 1952 (age 62)
Rhodesia and Nyasaland
Political party Zimbabwe African National Union-Patriotic Front
Religion Roman Catholic

Amos Bernard Midzi (born July 4, 1952) is a Zimbabwean politician who served in the Cabinet successively as Minister of Energy and Power Development and Minister of Mines and Mining Development from 2002 to 2009.

Midzi was appointed as Ambassador to the United States in 1993.[1] He ran as the ZANU-PF candidate for Mayor of Harare, the capital, in March 2002, but was defeated by Elias Mudzuri of the Movement for Democratic Change (MDC). Midzi received 56,796 votes against 262,275 votes for Mudzuri.[2] On August 25, 2002, he was appointed as Minister of Energy and Power Development;[3][4] subsequently he was appointed as Minister of Mines and Mining Development on February 9, 2004.[5] He has also served as ZANU-PF Chairman for Harare.[6]

Midzi was nominated as ZANU-PF's candidate for the House of Assembly seat from Epworth, a suburb of Harare, in the March 2008 parliamentary election.[7] He was defeated by the MDC's Jembere Elias, receiving 4,758 votes against 6,220 votes for Elias.[8]

The Herald reported on January 3, 2009, that Midzi had been dismissed from the Cabinet earlier in the week, along with 11 other ministers, because he no longer held any seat in Parliament.[9]

References[edit]

  1. ^ List of Zimbabwean ambassadors to the United States, U.S. Department of State website.
  2. ^ "MDC takes Harare and Chitungwiza", SADOCC, March 15, 2002.
  3. ^ "Zimbabwe's cabinet after the shuffle", Sapa-AFP (IOL), August 25, 2002.
  4. ^ "ZIMBABWE: New government without Makoni", SADOCC, August 25, 2002.
  5. ^ "Mugabe rewards loyalists in new Cabinet", New Zimbabwe (zimbabwesituation.com), February 9, 2004.
  6. ^ Cris Chinaka, "'Listen to our problems, Mr Mugabe'", Reuters (IOL), March 13, 2005.
  7. ^ "Zimbabwe: Zanu-PF Names Poll Candidates", The Herald (allAfrica.com), February 15, 2008.
  8. ^ "Zimbabwe election results 2008", Newzimbabwe.com, April 2, 2008.
  9. ^ "Losing Ministers Axed", The Herald (allAfrica.com), January 3, 2009.