Famous Zimbabwean Leaders

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Emmerson Mnangagwa
(President of Zimbabwe (Since 2017))

Emmerson Mnangagwa
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Birthdate: September 5, 1942
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Zvishavane, Zimbabwe
Nicknamed The Crocodile, the current Zimbabwean president, Emmerson Mnangagwa, has been one of the harshest rulers his country has seen. Roughly 20,000 people lost their lives during his tenure as the security minister in the 1980s. Once Mugabe’s right hand, he later fell out with him and launched a coup.

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Canaan Banana
(Former President of Zimbabwe)

Canaan Banana
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Birthdate: March 5, 1936
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Esigodini
Died: November 10, 2003

Canaan Banana was a Zimbabwean politician, theologian, and Methodist minister. In 1980, Banana became the first president of Zimbabwe, a position which he held until 1987. Ten years later, he made the headlines when he was involved in a highly publicized trial after being accused of being a homosexual. He served six months in prison after being convicted of sodomy.

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Ian Smith
(Prime Minister of Zimbabwe (1964-79))

Ian Smith
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Birthdate: April 8, 1919
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Shurugwi, Zimbabwe
Died: November 20, 2007

Ian Smith was a politician who served as the prime minister of Rhodesia (today known as Zimbabwe) from 1964 to 1979. Born to British immigrants in  the Southern Rhodesian Midlands, he was a controversial figure who personified “White Rhodesia.” While his detractors denounced him as "an unrepentant racist," his supporters hailed him as "a political visionary.” 

 4 
Joshua Nkomo
(Politician, Trade unionist)

Joshua Nkomo
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Birthdate: June 19, 1917
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Semokwe
Died: July 1, 1999
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 5 
Robert Mugabe
(Former PM & President of Zimbabwe)

Robert Mugabe
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Birthdate: February 21, 1924
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Harare, Zimbabwe
Died: September 6, 2019

Robert Mugabe was a Zimbabwean revolutionary. He played a major role in the Rhodesian Bush War, which eventually led to the Lancaster House Agreement, resulting in the creation of the Republic of Zimbabwe. Subsequently, Mugabe served as the first prime minister of Zimbabwe and later as its president. A controversial figure, Mugabe is also often criticized for his tyrannical ways.

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Abel Tendekayi Muzorewa
(Prime Minister)

Abel Tendekayi Muzorewa
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Birthdate: April 14, 1925
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Umtali, Manicaland, Southern Rhodesia
Died: April 8, 2010

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Morgan Tsvangirai
(Former Prime Minister of Zimbabwe)

Morgan Tsvangirai
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Birthdate: March 10, 1952
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Gutu
A long-time opponent of Zimbabwean president Robert Mugabe, Morgan Tsvangirai was a trade union activist who later also served as the Zimbabwean prime minister, sharing power with Mugabe. He lost his wife in a deadly car crash, in which he was himself injured. He later died of cancer.
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 8 
Kirsty Coventry
(Current Minister of Youth, Sport, Arts and Recreation in the Cabinet of Zimbabwe as of September 2018)

Kirsty Coventry
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Birthdate: September 16, 1983
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Harare, Zimbabwe

 9 
Sally Hayfron
(First Lady of Zimbabwe from 1987 until her death in 1992)

Sally Hayfron
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Birthdate: June 6, 1931
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Ghana
Died: January 27, 1992

 10 
Ndabaningi Sithole
(Politician)

Ndabaningi Sithole
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Birthdate: July 31, 1920
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Nyamandhlovu, Zimbabwe
Died: December 12, 2000

 11 
Auxillia Mnangagwa
(Politician)

Auxillia Mnangagwa
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Birthdate: March 3, 1963
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Mazowe, Zimbabwe

 12 
Joice Mujuru
(Vice-President of Zimbabwe from 2004 to 2014)

Joice Mujuru
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Birthdate: April 15, 1955
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Mount Darwin, Zimbabwe

 13 
Solomon Mujuru
(Military leader and businessman)

Solomon Mujuru
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Birthdate: May 5, 1945
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Chivhu, Zimbabwe
Died: August 15, 2011

 14 
Roy Welensky
(Politician)

Roy Welensky
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Birthdate: January 20, 1907
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Harare, Zimbabwe
Died: December 5, 1991

 15 
Thokozani Khuphe
(Politician)

Thokozani Khuphe
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Birthdate: November 18, 1963
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Makokoba, Bulawayo, Zimbabwe

 16 
Garfield Todd
(Politician)

Garfield Todd
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Birthdate: July 13, 1908
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Invercargill, New Zealand
Died: October 13, 2002

 17 
Trudy Stevenson
(Politician)

Trudy Stevenson
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Birthdate: September 16, 1944
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Atlanta, Georgia, United States
Died: August 24, 2018

 18 
Susan Tsvangirai
(Politician)

Susan Tsvangirai
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Birthdate: April 24, 1958
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Buhera, Zimbabwe
Died: March 6, 2009

 19 
Perrance Shiri
(Politician)

Perrance Shiri
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Birthdate: January 11, 1955
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Gweru, Zimbabwe
Died: July 29, 2020

Godfrey Huggins, 1st Viscount Malvern
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Birthdate: July 6, 1883
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Bexley, England
Died: May 8, 1971

 21 
Joana Mamombe
(Politician)

Joana Mamombe
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Birthdate: June 18, 1993
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Harare, Zimbabwe

 22 
Monica Mutsvangwa
(Politician)

Monica Mutsvangwa
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Birthdate: 0000 AD
Birthplace: Zimbabwe

 23 
Judith Todd
(Politician)

Judith Todd
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Birthdate: March 18, 1943
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Zimbabwe

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Simbarashe Mumbengegwi
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Birthdate: July 20, 1945
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Chivi, Zimbabwe

 25 
Lovemore Madhuku
(Politician)

Lovemore Madhuku
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Birthdate: July 20, 1966
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Zimbabwe

 26 
Cecilia Chimbiri
(Political Leader)

Cecilia Chimbiri
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Birthdate: 0000 AD
Birthplace: Zimbabwe

 27 
Prisca Mupfumira
(Politician)

Prisca Mupfumira
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Birthdate: 0000 AD
Birthplace: Zimbabwe

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Gibson Jama Sibanda
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Birthdate: 1944 AD
Birthplace: Zimbabwe
Died: August 24, 2010

 29 
Linda Masarira
(Politician)

Linda Masarira
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Birthdate: October 3, 1982
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Harare, Zimbabwe

 30 
Sithembiso Nyoni
(Politician)

Sithembiso Nyoni
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Birthdate: 0000 AD
Birthplace: Unknown

 31 
Olivia Muchena
(Politician)

Olivia Muchena
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Birthdate: August 18, 1946
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Mutoko, Southern Rhodesia

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Eddison Zvobgo
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Birthdate: October 2, 1935
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Masvingo, Zimbabwe
Died: August 22, 2004

 33 
Sekai Holland
(Politician)

Sekai Holland
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Birthdate: 1942 AD
Birthplace: Zimbabwe

 34 
Victoria Chitepo
(Politician)

Victoria Chitepo
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Birthdate: March 27, 1928
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Dundee, South Africa
Died: April 8, 2016

Victoria Chitepo, better known as the wife of Zimbabwe African National Union leader Herbert Chitepo, is remembered for her fight for Black rights and her association with the National Democratic Party. She had also been a minister of tourism and telecommunications. In 2016, she was found dead in her home.

 35 
Beauty Zhuwao
(Politician)

Beauty Zhuwao
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Birthdate: January 10, 1965
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Southern Rhodesia

 36 
Jessie Majome
(Politician)

Jessie Majome
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Birthdate: December 20, 1971
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Harare, Zimbabwe

 37 
Nicola Watson
(Politician)

Nicola Watson
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Birthdate: July 10, 1955
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Bulawayo, Southern Rhodesia

Priscilla Misihairabwi-Mushonga
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Birthdate: December 31, 1966
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Glen Norah, Harare

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Sekai Nzenza
(Writer)

Sekai Nzenza
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Birthdate: 1959 AD
Birthplace: Zimbabwe

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Thenjiwe Lesabe
(Activist)

Thenjiwe Lesabe
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Birthdate: January 5, 1932
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Hope Fountain, Matabele, Zimbabwe
Died: 2011 AD

 41 
George Nyandoro
(Politician)

George Nyandoro
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Birthdate: July 8, 1926
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Marondera, Zimbabwe
Died: June 24, 1994

 42 
Paurina Mpariwa
(Politician)

Paurina Mpariwa
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Birthdate: 1964 AD
Birthplace: Karoi, Zimbabwe

 43 
Julia Tukai Zvobgo
(Politician)

Julia Tukai Zvobgo
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Birthdate: November 8, 1937
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Zimbabwe
Died: February 16, 2004