David Parirenyatwa

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Pagwesese David Parirenyatwa
Minister of Health and Child Welfare
In office
10 September 2013 – 10 September 2018
Preceded byHenry Madzorera
Succeeded byObediah Moyo
In office
August 2002 – 13 February 2009
PresidentRobert Mugabe
DeputyAldrin Masiiwa
Preceded byTimothy Stamps
Succeeded byHenry Madzorera
Personal details
Born (1950-08-02) 2 August 1950 (age 69)
Southern Rhodesia
Political partyZANU-PF
Spouse(s)Choice Parirenyatwa
ChildrenRuvheneko (b. 1988)
ParentsTichafa Samuel Parirenyatwa
Emely Mkwananzi
ResidenceHarare, Zimbabwe
ProfessionMedical Doctor

Pagwesese David Parirenyatwa (born August 2, 1950[1]) is a Zimbabwean politician who served in the government of Zimbabwe as Minister of Health from 2013 to 2018. Previously he served as Minister of Health from 2002 to 2009. He is a medical doctor by profession.

Political career[edit]

Parirenyatwa served as Deputy Minister of Health and Child Welfare until he was appointed as Minister of Health and Child Welfare in August 2002. He replaced Timothy Stamps, who was ill; Parirenyatwa had already been effectively in charge of the ministry for some time due to Stamps' illness.[2]

Itai Rusike, Executive Director of the Community Working Group on Health (CWGH), said on June 18, 2007, that the unavailability of drinking water and the contamination of available water had increased the number of citizens at risk for waterborne diseases. Many have already suffered from dysentery. The Public Health Act forbids shutting off water for more than two days. Rusike called on Parirenyatwa to use the Public Health Act to make Munacho Mutezo, the Minister of Water Resources and Infrastructural Development, turn on the tap. "If there is an outbreak of diseases now, it is [Parirenyatwa] who would be blamed."[3]

He warned that cholera and malaria pose a serious threat to Zimbabwe on June 21, 2007.[4]

Parirenyatwa was nominated as ZANU-PF's candidate for the House of Assembly seat from Murehwa North in Mashonaland East in the March 2008 parliamentary election.[5] He won the seat with 7,104 votes against 6,468 for the candidate of the Movement for Democratic Change.[6]

After President Robert Mugabe won re-election in July 2013, Parirenyatwa was appointed as Minister of Health on 10 September 2013. On Friday 7 September 2018, David Parirentatwa was dropped by current president Emmerson Mnangagwa from Cabinet. On 13 September 2018, it was reported that he had been picked up by police for questioning.[7]

The Parirenyatwa Hospital is named after his father, Tichafa Samuel Parirenyatwa.


  1. ^ "Page at Zimbabwean Parliament website". Archived from the original on 29 September 2006. Retrieved 6 September 2017.CS1 maint: BOT: original-url status unknown (link).
  2. ^ "Zimbabwe: New government without Makoni" Archived 2010-12-19 at WebCite, SADOCC, August 25, 2002.
  3. ^ Zimbabwe: Urban Residents Threaten Action Over Water Crisis, June 18, 2007. Zimbabwe Standard via AllAfrica
  4. ^ Zimbabwe: WHO donates medical supplies, equipment, June 21, 2007. BuaNews via AllAfrica
  5. ^ "Zimbabwe: Zanu-PF Names Poll Candidates", The Herald, February 15, 2008.
  6. ^ 2008 election results Archived 2008-04-09 at the Wayback Machine at newzimbabwe.com.
  7. ^ "President Mugabe appoints new cabinet", The Herald, 10 September 2013.