Stan Mudenge

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Isaak Stanislaus Gorerazvo Mudenge

Minister of Higher and Tertiary Education of Zimbabwe
In office
16 April 2005 – 4 October 2012
Prime MinisterMorgan Tsvangirai
Preceded byHerbert Murerwa
Succeeded byOlivia Muchena
Minister of Foreign Affairs of Zimbabwe
In office
15 April 1995 – 14 April 2005
Preceded byNathan Shamuyarira
Succeeded bySimbarashe Mumbengegwi
Minister of Higher Education of Zimbabwe
In office
15 April 1992 – 14 April 1995
ZANU PF Secretary for Political Affairs
In office
15 April 1990 – 14 April 1992
Zimbabwe Ambassador to the United Nations
In office
15 April 1985 – 14 April 1990
PresidentRobert Mugabe
Succeeded bySimbarashe Mumbengegwi
Personal details
Born(1941-12-17)17 December 1941
Zimuto, Masvingo Province, Zimbabwe
Died4 October 2012(2012-10-04) (aged 70)[1]
Political partyZimbabwe African National Union-Patriotic Front
Alma materUniversity 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.

Life and career[edit]

Mudenge was a professional historian focusing on African history in general and specializing in pre-colonial Zimbabwean history. He 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 was 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] He remained in that post until he died in October 2012.[1]


  1. ^ a b c "Update 2: Minister Stan Mudenge dies". / 5 October 2012. Retrieved 5 October 2012.
  2. ^ Michael Hartnack, ""Mugabe announces new cabinet"". Archived from the original on 30 April 2005. Retrieved 8 February 2008., 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, 15 February 2008.
  5. ^ "Zimbabwe election results 2008" Archived 5 April 2008 at the Wayback Machine,, 1 April 2008.
  6. ^ "Cabinet sworn in amid chaotic scenes" Archived 14 February 2009 at the Wayback Machine,, 13 February 2009.