Government of Zimbabwe Rhodesia

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The Government of Zimbabwe-Rhodesia took office on 1 June 1979 under the internal settlement negotiated between the government of Rhodesia and moderate African nationalists. It ruled the internationally unrecognised country until, under the terms of the Lancaster House Agreement, control was turned over to Lord Soames as Governor on 12 December 1979.

The government attempted to include all parties represented in the House of Assembly following the general election, although the Zimbabwe African National Union of Rev Ndabaningi Sithole initially refused to take up their seats.

Executive Council[edit]

Portfolio Minister Term
Prime Minister
Minister of Combined Operations
Minister of Defence
Abel Muzorewa 1 June 1979–12 December 1979
Deputy Prime Minister
Information, Immigration and Tourism
Acting Minister of Health
Dr Silas Mundawarara 1 June 1979–12 December 1979
1 June 1979–12 December 1979
1 June 1979–15 August 1979


Office Minister Since Party
Minister of Justice Jonas Christian Andersen 1 June 1979 RF
Minister of Water Development Zephaniah Bafanah 1 June 1979 UNFP
Minister of Commerce and Industry Ernest Leonard Bulle 1 June 1979 UANC
Minister of Agriculture William Michie Irvine 1 June 1979 RF
Minister of Education Edward Stewart Mazaiwana 1 June 1979 UANC
Minister of Local Government and Housing Walter Mthinkhulu 1 June 1979 UANC
Minister of Foreign Affairs David Charles Zvinaiye Mukome 1 June 1979 UANC
Minister of Manpower, Social Affairs, Youth and Rehabilitation Senator Aaron Benjamin Mutiti 1 June 1979 UANC
Minister of Mines Senator Chief Kayisa Ndiweni 1 June 1979 UNFP
Minister of Works
Minister of Health Dr Silas Mundawarara (acting) 1 June 1979 UANC
David Zamchiya 15 August 1979 ZANU
Minister of Lands, Natural Resources and Rural Development George Bodzo Nyandoro 1 June 1979 UANC
Minister of Finance David Colville Smith 1 June 1979 RF
Minister of Roads and Road Traffic Jonas Christian Andersen (acting) 1 June 1979 RF
Leonard Nyemba 15 August 1979 ZANU
Minister without Portfolio Ian Douglas Smith 1 June 1979 RF
Minister of Transport and Power Pieter Kenyon Fleming-Voltelyn van der Byl 1 June 1979 RF
Minister of Posts
Minister of Home Affairs Herbert Office Benjamin Zimuto 1 June 1979 UANC
Minister of Law and Order Francis John Zindoga 1 June 1979 UANC
Minister of Public Service

Deputy Ministers[edit]

Office Minister Since Party
Deputy Minister of Information, Immigration and Tourism Ismail Adam 1 June 1979 – 30 September 1979 Independent
Deputy Minister of Home Affairs Joshua Buwell Cohen 1 June 1979 – 30 September 1979 Independent
Deputy Minister of Lands, Natural Resources and Rural Development Rowan Cronjé 1 June 1979 RF
Deputy Minister of Agriculture Dr Dennis Nyamuswa (acting) 1 June 1979 UANC
Ephraim Tsvaringe 15 August 1979 ZANU
Deputy Minister of Education Peter Mandaza 1 June 1979 UNFP
Deputy Minister of Manpower, Social Affairs, Youth and Rehabilitation David Murambiwa Mutasa 1 June 1979 UANC
Deputy Minister of Finance Dr Dennis Nyamuswa 1 June 1979 UANC
Deputy Minister of Mines Wilfrid Denis Walker 1 June 1979 RF
Deputy Minister of Works

See also[edit]