|Minister of Agriculture|
8 March 1940 |
Rhodesia and Nyasaland
Gumbo was appointed as Minister of Economic Development in April 2005, following the March 2005 parliamentary election; this appointment involved splitting a new Ministry of Economic Development from the old Ministry of Finance and Economic Development. In this position, Gumbo launched the National Economic Development Priority Programme (NEDPP) on 19 April 2006, in an attempt to revive Zimbabwe's struggling economy within six to nine months. He was appointed as Minister of Agriculture in February 2007.
The Herald reported 3 January 2009, that Gumbo had been dismissed from the Cabinet earlier in the week, along with 11 other ministers, because he no longer held any seat in Parliament.
On the 23 August 2012 Rugare Gumbo made history by celebrating and welcoming a recently announced political popularity survey by South African based Freedom House in which it claims that Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai's MDC-T party has lost ground to President Mugabe’s ZANU PF party. Source ZimEye.org ref:
- Page at Zimbabwean Parliament website.
- "MP's sworn in, new ministers appointed", SADOCC, 16 April 2005.
- "Gumbo unveils blueprint for economic revival", Sapa-AFP (IOL), 20 April 2006.
- "Mugabe reshuffles cabinet / High court tells government to allow opposition rally", SADOCC, 7 February 2007.
- "Losing Ministers Axed", The Herald (allAfrica.com), 3 January 2009.
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