|The Right Honourable
|Minister of Mines and Mining Development of Zimbabwe|
13 February 2009
|Prime Minister||Morgan Tsvangirai|
|Minister of Industry and International Trade|
April 2005 – 13 February 2009
|Succeeded by||Welshman Ncube|
|Governor of Matabeleland North|
12 October 1951 |
|Political party||Zimbabwe African National Union-Patriotic Front|
|Children||Bukhosie & Mpofu|
Obert Moses Mpofu is a Zimbabwean politician, currently serving as Minister of Mines. Previously he was Minister of Industry and International Trade.
Ministry of Industry & Trade
Mpofu masterminded the freeze of basic commodities in Zimbabwe in mid-2007. He was appointed by Robert Mugabe to lead the price monitoring regime that was created following the price-freeze. He withdrew operating licenses from abattoirs across the country during the price freeze, a situation that resulted in beef becoming scarce in shops across the country. In early 2008, he initiated the idea of 'people's shops' government run retail shops that would sell products at cheap prices.
Mpofu was at the forefront encouraging trade between Zimbabwe and China, as part of the government's Look-East policy. At one time, Gao Hucheng, Chinese vice-minister for commerce, after meeting with Mpofu claimed: "Chinese goods had been well received by Zimbabweans and that his government would continue to promote trade between the two countries as this had also improved the lives of people."
2008 general election
Obert Mpofu has been nominated again as the ZANU-PF candidate for the House of Assembly seat from Umguza constituency in the March 2008 parliamentary election. Mpofu was initially endorsed as unopposed, but Mark Mbayiwa challenged this in court and was successful in getting Mpofu's unopposed endorsement overturned.
Mpofu won the seat, receiving 7,065 votes and defeating two candidates of the two Movement for Democratic Change factions, Cornelius Mbayiwa (MDC-T) and Edmund Masuku (MDC-M), who respectively received 2,846 and 2,120 votes. He also defeated Mark Mbayiwa, who ran as an independent and received 555 votes.
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