Paul Mangwana

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The Hon.

Paul Mangwana

Minister of Indigenisation and Empowerment
In office
February 2007 – February 2009
PresidentRobert Mugabe
Preceded bySamuel Mumbengegwi
Succeeded bySavior Kasukuwere
Minister of State for State Enterprises and Parastatals
In office
August 2002 – February 2004
Personal details
Born (1961-08-10) 10 August 1961 (age 57)
Southern Rhodesia
Political partyZANU-PF
OccupationCabinet Minister
ProfessionPolitician, Lawyer, Farmer

Paul Mangwana (born 10 August 1961[1]) is a Zimbabwean politician, who has previously served in the cabinet of Zimbabwe.[2]

Political career[edit]

Mangwana, who had previously served as Deputy Minister of Transport and Communications,[3] was appointed as Minister of State for State Enterprises and Parastatals on 25 August 2002.[4] He was subsequently appointed as Minister of Labour and Social Welfare on 9 February 2004[5] and later served as acting Minister of Information before being appointed as Minister of Indigenisation and Empowerment on 6 February 2007.[6]

After the Indigenisation and Economic Empowerment Bill, which provides for Zimbabweans to hold a majority share in all businesses, was passed in March 2008, Mangwana said that the law did not mean expropriation would take place and that there was "no reason to panic". He noted that existing businesses would "need time to adjust" and said that "engagement and consultation" would take place within a timeframe of perhaps five or ten years. Defending the law, he said that "the revolution is not complete until indigenous Zimbabweans own the means of production".[7]

Mangwana was nominated by ZANU-PF as its candidate for the House of Assembly seat from Chivi Central constituency, in Masvingo Province, in the March 2008 parliamentary election.[8] He won the seat with 8,228 votes, defeating Chivhanga Henry of the Movement for Democratic Change, who received 6,471 votes, and Mufudzi Tinashe, an independent who received 452 votes.[9]

On 7 January 2009, The Herald reported that Mangwana was taking over as Acting Minister of Information and Publicity following the dismissal of Sikhanyiso Ndlovu, who failed to win a seat in the 2008 election.[10]

In April 2009, Mangwana was named to represent ZANU-PF alongside Douglas Mwonzora of the MDC-T and Edward Mkhosi of MDC-N as co-chairs of a Committee to collect the views of Zimbabweans and to draft a new Constitution for Zimbabwe. The constitution making process was the subject of a documentary, Democrats (film) by Danish filmmaker Camilla Nielsson, in which Mangwana is featured prominently alongside Mwonzora.


  1. ^ Page at Zimbabwean Parliament website (2006 archive).
  2. ^ Zimbabwe: Muckraker – Sliding Into a Totalitarian State, 22 June 2007. AllAfrica
  3. ^ "Zim names its latest batch of instant farmers", Reuters (IOL), 4 January 2002.
  4. ^ "Zimbabwe's cabinet after the shuffle", Sapa-AFP (IOL), 25 August 2002.
  5. ^ "Mugabe rewards loyalists in new Cabinet", New Zimbabwe (, 9 February 2004.
  6. ^ "Mugabe retains old guard during shuffle", Reuters (IOL), 7 February 2007.
  7. ^ "Equity bill: 'There is no reason to panic'", Sapa-AFP (IOL), 11 March 2008.
  8. ^ "Zimbabwe: Zanu-PF Names Poll Candidates", The Herald (, 15 February 2008.
  9. ^ "Zimbabwe election results 2008" Archived 5 April 2008 at the Wayback Machine.,
  10. ^ "Mugabe appoints acting ministers: report", Sapa-AFP (IOL), 7 January 2009.
Political offices
Preceded by
Samuel Mumbengegwi
Minister of State for Indigenisation and Empowerment
2007 –