Eddie Cross

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Eddie Cross
Member of the House of Assembly of Zimbabwe for Bulawayo South
Assumed office
2008
PresidentRobert Mugabe
Prime MinisterMorgan Tsvangirai
Preceded byDavid Coltart
Personal details
BornEdward Graham Cross
1940
Political partyMDC-T
Spouse(s)Jeanette
Children2
ResidenceBulawayo

Edward Graham "Eddie" Cross (born 1940), a Member of Parliament for Bulawayo South, is a Zimbabwean economist and founder member of the mainstream Movement for Democratic Change party led by Nelson Chamisa . He is currently the Policy Coordinator General.

Pre-Independence[edit]

Cross's career has been mainly in agriculture. He attended Gwebi College and then worked for the government on land resettlement in the Gokwe district before attending the University of Rhodesia in Salisbury where he received an honours degree in Economics. After that he worked as an economist, eventually becoming Chief Economist in the Agricultural Marketing Authority in 1976. He was opposed to white minority rule during the Rhodesian Prime Minister Ian Smith era.

Independence[edit]

After the internationally recognised independence of Zimbabwe in 1980, Cross was appointed first to head the Dairy Marketing Board and then the Cold Storage Commission. The CSC was the largest meat-marketing organisation in Africa. He was subsequently CEO of the Beira Corridor Group, which promoted the rehabilitation of the Beira Corridor as an export outlet to the sea for land locked Zimbabwe.

On 10 February 2009, Tsvangirai designated Cross for the position of Minister of State Enterprise and Parastatals as part of the national unity government.[1] He was, however, dropped from the Cabinet list and replaced prior to the Cabinet's swearing in.[2]

Family[edit]

He is married to Jeanette and has two children, Gary and Susan as well as four thoroughbred champion horses named Sasha, Laquinta, Charlie, and Mr. Onassis.[3]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Zimbabwe: Full Tsvangirai MDC Cabinet List", SW Radio Africa (allAfrica.com), 10 February 2009.
  2. ^ "Mugabe retains old guard in Cabinet", The Zimbabwe Times, 12 February 2009.
  3. ^ [1]