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Oppah Muchinguri Kashiri (born Oppah Chamu Zvipange Muchinguri; 14 December 1958) is a Zimbabwean politician, who is the current Minister of Defence in the Cabinet of Zimbabwe.[2] She has also served as Minister of Higher Education and Minister of Women's Affairs. Muchinguri ran as the ZANU-PF candidate for Mutasa Central constituency in the March 2008 parliamentary election, but was defeated by Trevor Saruwaka, a candidate of the Movement for Democratic Change – Tsvangirai. According to official results, Muchinguri received 4,764 votes against 9,228 votes for Saruwaka.[3]

Oppah Muchinguri

Minister of Defence
Assumed office
11 September 2018
PresidentEmmerson Mnangagwa
Preceded byConstantino Chiwenga
Minister of Environment, Water and Climate
In office
23 July 2015 – 11 September 2018
PresidentRobert Mugabe
Emmerson Mnangagwa
Minister of Higher and Tertiary Education, Science and Technology Development
In office
December 2014 – 23 July 2015
PresidentRobert Mugabe
Preceded byOlivia Muchena
Succeeded byJonathan Moyo
Minister of Women's Affairs, Gender and Community Development
In office
PresidentRobert Mugabe
Preceded byPosition created
Succeeded byOlivia Muchena
Personal details
Born (1958-12-14) December 14, 1958 (age 60)
Political partyZANU-PF
Spouse(s)Anthony Kashiri (m. 2015)
Tapiwa Rushesha (div. 1990)
EducationUniversity of Zimbabwe[1]
Alma materUniversity of Zimbabwe

The Herald reported on January 3, 2009, that Muchinguri had been dismissed from the Cabinet earlier in the week, along with 11 other ministers, because she no longer held any seat in Parliament.[4]

She was re-appointed to cabinet in 2014 following the dismissal of former Vice-President Joice Mujuru and several of her allies, in December 2014. In 2015 she was moved to the Ministry of Environment, Water and Climate in a cabinet reshuffle. On November 27, 2017, Mugabe's successor Emmerson Mnangagwa dissolved the cabinet[5]

She was appointed as the Minister of Environment, Water and Climate again on 30 November 2017.[2] She was later appointed Minister of Defense in September 2018.[6]


  1. ^ "University of Zimbabwe - International Academic Brand".
  2. ^ a b "Zimbabwe: New Cabinet Appointed - Ministerial Portfolios Reduced to 22 - Only 6 Deputy Ministers Appointed". AllAfrica.
  3. ^ "Zimbabwe election results 2008". Archived from the original on 2008-04-05. Cite uses deprecated parameter |deadurl= (help)
  4. ^ "Losing Ministers Axed". The Herald ( January 3, 2009. Italic or bold markup not allowed in: |publisher= (help)
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