Vice-President of Zimbabwe

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Vice-Presidents of the
Republic of Zimbabwe
Coat of arms of Zimbabwe.svg
The Vice President of the Republic of Zimbabwe, General (Retd.) Dr. Constantino Chiwenga on March 23, 2018 (cropped).jpg Vice President of Zimbabwe, Mr. Kembo Mohadi, at the Munhumutapa Building, in Harare, Zimbabwe on November 03, 2018 (cropped).JPG
Incumbent
Constantino Chiwenga (First)
Kembo Mohadi (Second)

since 28 December 2017
StyleHis Excellency
Mr Vice President
AppointerThe President of Zimbabwe
Term length5 years, renewable once[1]
Inaugural holderSimon Muzenda (First)
Joshua Nkomo (Second)
Formation31 December 1987
Websitezimbabwe.gov

The Vice-President of Zimbabwe is the second highest political position obtainable in Zimbabwe. Currently there is a provision for two Vice-Presidents, who are appointed by the President of Zimbabwe. The Vice-Presidents are designated as "First" and "Second" in the Constitution of Zimbabwe; the designation reflects their position in the presidential order of succession.

Under the ruling ZANU–PF party, the vice-presidential post ranked first in the order of succession has traditionally been reserved for a representative of the party's historical ZANU wing (mainly ethnic Shona), while the other vice-presidential post has gone to a representative of the party's historical ZAPU wing (mainly ethnic Northern Ndebele).

Vice-Presidents[edit]

Key

Political parties
Symbols
  • Died in office

First Vice-Presidents[edit]

No. Picture Name
(Birth–Death)
Took office Left office Political Party President
1 No image.png Simon Muzenda
(1922–2003)
31 December 1987 20 September 2003[†] ZANU–PF Robert
Mugabe

(1987–2017)
2 Joice Mujuru at Horasis Global Arab Business Meeting 2012 crop.jpg Joice Mujuru
(1955–)
6 December 2004 8 December 2014 ZANU–PF
3 Emmerson Mnangagwa (2019-01-15).jpg Emmerson Mnangagwa
(1942–)
12 December 2014 6 November 2017 ZANU–PF[a]
Post vacant (6 November – 28 December 2017)[2]
Emmerson
Mnangagwa

(2017–)
4 The Vice President of the Republic of Zimbabwe, General (Retd.) Dr. Constantino Chiwenga on March 23, 2018 (cropped).jpg Constantino Chiwenga
(1956–)
28 December 2017 Incumbent ZANU–PF

Second Vice-Presidents[edit]

No. Picture Name
(Birth–Death)
Took office Left office Political Party President
1 Joshua Nkomo (1978).jpg Joshua Nkomo
(1917–1999)
6 August 1990[3] 1 July 1999[†] ZANU–PF Robert
Mugabe

(1987–2017)
2 Joseph Msika.jpg Joseph Msika
(1923–2009)
23 December 1999 4 August 2009[†] ZANU–PF
3 No image.png John Nkomo
(1934–2013)
14 December 2009 17 January 2013[†] ZANU–PF
4 Phelekezela Mphoko (cropped).jpg Phelekezela Mphoko
(1940–)
12 December 2014 27 November 2017[4] ZANU–PF[b]
(4) Independent Emmerson
Mnangagwa

(2017–)
Post vacant (27 November – 28 December 2017)[2]
5 Vice President of Zimbabwe, Mr. Kembo Mohadi, at the Munhumutapa Building, in Harare, Zimbabwe on November 03, 2018 (cropped).JPG Kembo Mohadi
(1949–)
28 December 2017 Incumbent ZANU–PF

Rank by time in office[edit]

First Vice-Presidents[edit]

Rank Vice President Time in office
1 Simon Muzenda 15 years, 263 days
2 Joice Mujuru 10 years, 2 days
3 Emmerson Mnangagwa 2 years, 329 days

Second Vice-Presidents[edit]

Rank Vice President Time in office
1 Joshua Nkomo 8 years, 329 days
2 Joseph Msika 9 years, 224 days
3 John Nkomo 3 years, 34 days
4 Phelekezela Mphoko 2 years, 350 days

Living former Vice-Presidents[edit]

First Vice-Presidents[edit]

There are two living former First Vice-Presidents of Zimbabwe (as of 4 July 2020):

Second Vice-Presidents[edit]

There is one living former Second Vice-President of Zimbabwe (as of 4 July 2020):

See also[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Until 2017, expelled and later reinstated into the party after the coup d'état
  2. ^ Until 2017, expelled from the party after the coup d'état

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Zimbabweans hope for democratic rebirth". BBC News. 20 March 2013. Retrieved 15 August 2013.
  2. ^ a b Moyo, Jeffrey (19 November 2017). "Robert Mugabe, in Speech to Zimbabwe, Refuses to Say if He Will Resign". Nytimes.com. Retrieved 28 November 2017.
  3. ^ Hatchard, John (1991). "The Constitution of Zimbabwe: Towards a Model for Africa?". Journal of African Law. 35 (1/2): 79–101. ISSN 0021-8553 – via JSTOR.
  4. ^ "President dissolves Cabinet". Herald.co.zw. Retrieved 28 November 2017.