Stan Mudenge

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The Right Honourable Dr.
Isaak Stanislaus Gorerazvo Mudenge
MP
Ministry of Higher and Tertiary Education (Zimbabwe)
In office
16 April 2005 – 4 October 2012
Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai
Preceded by Herbert Murerwa
Succeeded by Olivia Muchena
Minister of Foreign Affairs of Zimbabwe
In office
15 April 1995 – 14 April 2005
Preceded by Nathan Shamuyarira
Succeeded by Simbarashe Mumbengegwi
Zimbabwe Ambassador to the United Nations
In office
15 April 1985 – 14 April 1990
President Robert Mugabe
Succeeded by Simbarashe Mumbengegwi
ZANU PF Secretary for Political Affairs
In office
15 April 1990 – 14 April 1992
Personal details
Born (1941-12-17)17 December 1941
Zimuto, Masvingo Province, Zimbabwe
Died 4 October 2012(2012-10-04) (aged 70)[1]
Masvingo
Political party Zimbabwe African National Union-Patriotic Front
Alma mater University of Zimbabwe
University of York
University of London

Isaak Stanislaus Gorerazvo Mudenge (17 December 1941 – 4 October 2012[1]) was a Zimbabwean politician who served in the government of Zimbabwe as Minister of Foreign Affairs from 1995 to 2005 and as Minister of Higher Education from 2005 to 2012.

Mudenge was a professional historian focusing on African history in general but with speciality on pre-colonial Zimbabwean history. He has published several books in this regard.

In a cabinet reshuffle on 16 April 2005, following the March 2005 parliamentary election, he was replaced as Minister of Foreign Affairs by Simbarashe Mumbengegwi and was appointed as Minister of Higher Education instead.[2][3] This was considered a demotion and followed Mudenge's support for Jonathan Moyo in opposition to Joyce Mujuru within ZANU-PF.[3]

Within ZANU-PF, he aligned himself with the Masvingo (Mnangagwa) faction, which is antagonistic to the Mujuru faction due to wrangles concerning ascendancy to the presidency if Mugabe leaves office.[citation needed]

Mudenge was nominated by ZANU-PF as its candidate for the House of Assembly seat from Masvingo North constituency in the March 2008 parliamentary election.[4] According to official results, he received 4,799 votes, defeating the candidate of the Movement for Democratic Change (MDC), who received 4,450.[5]

When the ZANU-PF–MDC national unity government was sworn in on 13 February 2009, Mudenge was retained as Minister of Higher Education.[6]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Update 2: Minister Stan Mudenge dies". /nehandaradio.com. 5 October 2012. Retrieved 5 October 2012. 
  2. ^ Michael Hartnack, "Mugabe announces new cabinet" at the Wayback Machine (archived April 30, 2005), Associated Press (Dispatch, South Africa), 18 April 2005.
  3. ^ a b "MP's sworn in, new ministers appointed", SADOCC, 16 April 2005.
  4. ^ "Zimbabwe: Zanu-PF Names Poll Candidates", The Herald (allAfrica.com), 15 February 2008.
  5. ^ "Zimbabwe election results 2008", newzimbabwe.com, 1 April 2008.
  6. ^ "Cabinet sworn in amid chaotic scenes", Newzimbabwe.com, 13 February 2009.