|The Right Honourable
|Minister of Information Communication Technology of Zimbabwe|
13 February 2009
|Prime Minister||Morgan Tsvangirai|
|Member of the Zimbabwean Parliament
for Kuwadzana Central
28 February 1978 |
|Political party||Movement for Democratic Change – Tsvangirai|
|Alma mater||Harare Polytechnic
University of Zimbabwe
Nelson Chamisa (born 28 February 1978) is a Zimbabwean politician 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.
Hon Chamisa is an articulate orator in his own right. Hon Chamisa is a former chairperson of the MDC Youth Assembly. He was elected MDC spokesman at the party Congress in June 2006.In April 2011 at the Party's congress in Bulawayo, he was elected as the Party's Organising secretary, a post which previously 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. He 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 1998 he was dismissed from the Harare Polytechnic over trumped charges for inciting disorder in Chegutu, a town a few kilometres from Harare. Together with Josiah Patsanza, Munyaradzi Chindanya, Siyakha Mthunzi, they were reinstated after an appeal through the High Court.
In March 2007 he was attacked at Harare International Airport as he attempted to leave the country 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."
On 10 February 2009, Morgan Tsvangirai designated Chamisa for the position of Minister of Information, Communication, and Technology as part of the national unity government. After taking office, he fell into a dispute with Webster Shamu, the Minister of Information and Publicity, regarding which ministry 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.
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- Lance Guma, "Zimbabwe: Chamisa Says Mugabe Has No Power to Trim His Ministry", SW Radio Africa (allAfrica.com), 14 April 2009.