Minister Profile

Name: Simbarashe Simbanenduku MUMBENGEGWI

Date of Birth: 20 July 1945

Place of Birth: Chivi, Zimbabwe

Marital Status: Married with Five Children

Educational Background

1953-56 : Lower Primary at Mukotosi School, Mashava Communal Area, Zimbabwe

1957-59 : Higher Primary at Gresham School, Zvishavane

1960-61 : Junior Certificate at Dadaya Mission, Zvishavane

1962-63 : G.C.E. ‘O’ Level Certificate, First Division Pass with Distinction in English and Mathematics, at Fletcher High School, Gweru, Zimbabwe

1964-65 : G.C.E. ‘A’ Level Certificate with Distinction in History at Fletcher High School, Gweru, Zimbabwe.

1967-69 : B.A. (General) Degree at Manash University, Melbourne, Australia

1971 : B.A. (Combined Honours) Degree in Politics and History at Monash University, Melbourne, Australia

1972 : Diploma in Education (Dip.Ed.) at Monash University, Melbourne, Australia

1973-76 : Studied for a Masters Degree in Education (M.Ed.) at Monash University, Melbourne, Australia

1987-90 : Studied for a Masters Degree in Public Administration at the University of Zimbabwe, Harare, Zimbabwe on a Part-time basis.

Political Background

1960-61 : Member of the Youth League of the National Democratic Party (N.D.P.)

1962 : Member of the Youth League of the Zimbabwe African People’s Union (ZAPU)

1963-64 : Member of the Youth League of the Zimbabwe African National Union (ZANU)

1966-72 : ZANU Activist in Exile

1973-76 : Deputy ZANU Chief Representative in Australia and the Far East

1976-78 : ZANU Chief Representative in Australia and the Far East

1978-80 : ZANU Chief Representative to Zambia

1981-84 : ZANU-PF Provincial Treasurer for the Midlands Province

1984-89 : Member of the Central Committee of ZANU-PF

1984-89 : Deputy Secretary for Publicity and Information in the Central Committee of ZANU PF

1989-94 : Member of ZANU-PF Central Committee

Working Background

1966-78 : Held the following Teaching Posts:

- Teacher, Dadaya Secondary School, Zvishavane

- Teacher, Prahran High School, Melbourne, Australia

 - Teacher, Doveton High School, Melbourne, Australia

 - Tutor in Politics, Mannix College, Monash University, Melbourne, Australia

 - Tutor in Politics, Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology, Australia

 1980-85 : Member of Parliament (MP) for the Midlands Province

 1985-90 : Member of Parliament for Shurugwi Constituency, Midlands Province

 1980-81 : Deputy Speaker and Chairman of Committees, House of Assembly,

Parliament of Zimbabwe

1981-82 : Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs

 1982 : Minister of Water Resources and Development

 1982-84 : Minister of National Housing

 1984-88 : Minister of Public Construction and National Housing

 1988-90 : Minister of Transport

1990-95 : Ambassador and Permanent Representative of the Republic of Zimbabwe to the United Nations,

New York

 1990-91 : Vice President of the United Nations General Assembly

 1991-92 : Member of the United Nations Security Council

 1991 : President of the United Nations Security Council at the height of the Gulf War (February)

 1992 : President of the United Nations Security Council (April)

 1995 : Ambassador of Zimbabwe to Belgium, The Netherlands, Luxembourg and Permanent

Representative to the European Communities (EU) Brussels

 1997-99 : Permanent Representative to the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW),

the Hague

 1997-99 : Member of the Executive Council of the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons

(OPCW), the Hague

 1997-98 : Chairman of the Conference of the State Parties of the O.P.C.W.

 1998-99 : Alternate Governor of the Common Fund for Commodities, Amsterdam

 1997-98 : Chairman of the African, Caribbean and Pacific Group of States (ACP) Committee on Sugar

 1989-99 : Member of ACP Troika on ACP-EU Negotiations

 1999 : Chairman of the A.C.P. Committee of Ambassadors

: Chairman of the ACP-EU Central Negotiating Group on a Post Lome IV Cooperation Agreement Beyond the year 2000

1999-2003 : High Commissioner of the Republic of Zimbabwe to the United Kingdom and Northern Ireland

 1999-2005 : Ambassador of the Republic Zimbabwe to the Republic of Ireland

 2003-2005 : Ambassador of the Republic of Zimbabwe to the United Kingdom and Northern Ireland

 2005 : Non-Constituency Member of Parliament

2005 : Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Zimbabwe

Regional and International Background

1981-94 : Participated in numerous Ministerial Conferences and Heads of State Summits of the Organisation of African Unity (O.A.U.)

 1983-88 : Head of Delegation to all the Annual Conferences of the United Nations Commission for Human Settlements (U.N.C.H.S.)

1984-90 : Participated in numerous Ministerial meetings and Heads of State Summits of the Southern

Development Community (SADC) and the Preferential Trade Area (P.T.A.) of East and Southern

Africa

 1990-95 : Member of the Bureau of the Co-ordination of the Non Aligned Movement (N.A.M)

: Participated in numerous Ministerial Meetings and Heads of States Summits of the Movement of the Non-Aligned countries

1990 : Served in the Preparatory Committee for the World Summit for Children, New York

1992 : Served on the Preparatory Committee for the United Nations Conference on Environment and Development, New York

1994 : Served on the Preparatory Committee for the Conference on Population and Development, New York

: Participated in the United Nations Conference on Population and Development, Cairo, Egypt

1995 : Served on the Bureau of the Preparatory committee for the World Summit on Social Development, New York

: Participated in the World Summit on Social Development, Coppenhagen, Denmark

1995-99 : Participated in the various Council of Ministers’ Meetings of the ACP and ACP-EU (African Caribbean and Pacific-European Union)

 1997 : Participated in the First Heads of State Summit Meeting of the ACP Group of States, Libreville, Gabon

 1999 : Participated in Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) Durban, South Africa

 1999-02 : Member of the High Level Review Group on the Future of the Commonwealth

 2002 : Participated in the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) Coolumn, Australia

2003 : Head of the Zimbabwe team at Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting, (CHOGM), Abuja, Nigeria

Membership

1962-65 : Member of the Fletcher High School Debating Society

1964-65 : President of the Fletcher High School Debating Society

: President of the Fletcher High School Drama Club

: Fletcher High School Chief Librarian

: Captain of Burton House at Fletcher High School

: Member of the National Executive of the National

Union of Rhodesian (Zimbabwe) students

1967-68 : Founder Treasurer of the African-Australian Association

1969-72 : President of the African-Australian Association

 1971-72 : National Director of the Overseas Students Service (O.S.S.) Department

of the Australian Union Students (A.U.S.)

1971 National Treasurer of the All African Students Union in Australia (A.A.U.A.)

 1972-74 : President of the All African Students Union in Australia (A.A.S.U.A.)