|The Right Honourable
|Minister of Information Communication Technology of Zimbabwe|
13 February 2009 – 31 July 2013
|Prime Minister||Morgan Tsvangirai|
|Member of the Zimbabwean Parliament
for Kuwadzana Central
28 February 1978 |
|Political party||Movement for Democratic Change – Tsvangirai|
|Alma mater||Harare Polytechnic
University of Zimbabwe
Nelson Chamisa (born 28 February 1978) is a Zimbabwean politician and member of the House of Assembly of Zimbabwe for Kuwadzana, Harare. His charismatic speeches and eloquence saw him rise to become the Secretary for Information and Publicity for the opposition party Movement for Democratic Change (MDC), and former national youth chairperson for that party.
Hon Chamisa is an articulate orator in his own right. Hon Chamisa is a former chairperson of the MDC Youth Assembly. He was elected MDC spokesman at the party Congress in June 2006.In April 2011 at the Party's congress in Bulawayo, he was elected as the Party's Organising secretary, a post which previously belonged to Elias Mudzuri. In Parliament, he is a member of the portfolio committees of Defence and Home Affairs, Public Accounts, Gender and Youth and Transport and Communications. He is also a member of the Local Government, Public Works & Urban Development and the African Caribbean and Pacific Parliament. He is a former secretary-general of the Zimbabwe National Students Union.
In March 2007 he was attacked at Harare International Airport as he attempted to leave the country for Belgium; he was admitted to a hospital with a broken skull. On the current situation in Zimbabwe, he said, "There is no security. There is no protection. All of us are at risk."
On 10 February 2009, Morgan Tsvangirai designated Chamisa for the position of Minister of Information, Communication, and Technology as part of the national unity government. After taking office, he fell into a dispute with Webster Shamu, the Minister of Information and Publicity, regarding which ministry should deal with telecommunications. The Herald reported on 10 April 2009, that President Robert Mugabe had assigned responsibility for telecommunications to the Ministry of Transport, headed by Nicholas Goche. Chamisa and Tsvangirai objected to this decision, saying that Mugabe had no power to unilaterally assign telecommunications to another ministry under the terms of the power-sharing agreement.
He served as a cabinet minister from February 2009 to July 2013, until the end of the Government of national Unity. He also served as the Movement for Democratic Change(MDC-T) organising secretary, where he implemented the disastrous scientific organising which led to his party's dismally defeat to zanupf in the 2013 general elections.Chamisa is one of the most popular MDC-T leaders and often touted as a possible successor to Morgan Tsvangirai. He lost the position of party Secretary General in 2014 congress to Douglas Mwonzora, in a congress which might have been rigged to clip Chamisa's wings. He is also known for his underground power scheming projects were he is nicknamed as Nero and Cobra for those activities. He is known from barring other youth and student leaders from having closer access to party president, Morgan Tsvangirai, a move that is meant to protect his position as a princling. After the expulsion of Tendai Biti and Elton Mangoma, Chamisa's relationship with Morgan Tsvangirai nose dived, and is not well liked by Tsvangirai's loyalist. On 16 July 2016 Nelson Chamisa was appointed as co-Vice President of the MDC by Tsvangirai to serve alongside Mudzuri and Khupe.
He holds a bachelor's degree in Political science and Public administration and LLB(Honours) from the university of Zimbabwe. He is a qualified lawyer and works for Harare top law firm Atherstone and Cook as from November 2014, the same firm that won the case for Zuva Petroleum, a judgement that ushered the 17 July 2015, arbitrary dismissal of workers. This made him one of the few Zimbabweans to have served in the three branches of the government; namely Legislative, executive and judiciary.
- "Nelson Chamisa". Movement for Democratic Change Online. Movement for Democratic Change. Retrieved 2007-04-01.
- "Zimbabwe stops activists leaving". BBC Online. 18 March 2007. Retrieved 2007-04-01.
- "Zimbabwe: Full Tsvangirai MDC Cabinet List", SW Radio Africa (allAfrica.com), 10 February 2009.
- "Mugabe gives ally control of telecoms", Sapa-AFP (IOL), 10 April 2009.
- Lance Guma, "Zimbabwe: Chamisa Says Mugabe Has No Power to Trim His Ministry", SW Radio Africa (allAfrica.com), 14 April 2009.