Vice-President of Zimbabwe

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First and Second Vice-President of the
Republic of Zimbabwe
Coat of arms of Zimbabwe.svg
Incumbent
Constantino Chiwenga (First)
Kembo Mohadi (Second)

since 28 December 2017
Term length 5 years, renewable once[1]
Inaugural holder Simon Muzenda (First)
Joshua Nkomo (Second)
Formation 31 December 1987

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-President[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.jpg Emmerson Mnangagwa
(1942–)
12 December 2014 6 November 2017 ZANU–PF[a]
N/A Vacant[2] 6 November 2017 28 December 2017 N/A
Emmerson
Mnangagwa

(2017–)
4 No image.png Constantino Chiwenga
(1956–)
28 December 2017 Incumbent ZANU–PF

Second Vice-President[edit]

No. Picture Name
(Birth–Death)
Took office Left office Political Party President
1 Joshua Nkomo (1978).jpg Joshua Nkomo
(1917–1999)
31 December 1987 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[3] ZANU–PF[b]
(4) Independent Emmerson
Mnangagwa

(2017–)
N/A Vacant 27 November 2017 28 December 2017 N/A
5 No image.png 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 11 years, 182 days
2 Joseph Msika 9 years, 224 days
3 John Nkomo 3 years, 34 days
4 Phelekezela Mphoko 2 years, 350 days

Living former First Vice-Presidents[edit]

There are two living former First Vice-Presidents of Zimbabwe (as of 19 February 2018):

Living former Second Vice-Presidents[edit]

There is one living former Second Vice-President of Zimbabwe (as of 19 February 2018):

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

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Zimbabweans hope for democratic rebirth". BBC News. 20 March 2013. Retrieved 15 August 2013. 
  2. ^ 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. ^ "President dissolves Cabinet". Herald.co.zw. Retrieved 28 November 2017.