Rusty Markham

Allan Norman "Rusty" Markham (born 19 May 1960) is a Zimbabwean farmer and politician. He is currently a member of the National Assembly of Zimbabwe for Harare North since 2018. Previously, he served on the Harare City Council from 2013 to 2018. He is a member of the Movement for Democratic Change.

Rusty Markham
Member of the National Assembly of Zimbabwe for Harare North
Assumed office
5 September 2018
Preceded byTongesayi Mudambo
Member of the Harare City Council
for Ward 18
In office
Succeeded byIan Makone
Personal details
Born (1960-05-19) 19 May 1960 (age 61)
Choma, Northern Rhodesia
Political partyMovement for Democratic Change
ResidenceBorrowdale, Harare
Alma materGwebi Agricultural College

Early life and educationEdit

Markham was born on 19 May 1960 in Choma, Northern Rhodesia (now Zambia).[1] He is a third- or fourth-generation white Zimbabwean.[2] His great-grandfather was an Anglican missionary to the country in the 1890s.[3]

He attended John Cowie Primary School in Rusape, followed by Umtali Boys High School in Umtali (now Mutare) and Gwebi Agricultural College.[1]


Markham works in agriculture and agronomy, and has been director of a company since 2004.[1] He is a trustee of the Harare Wetlands Trust, the Stratford Road Community Trust, and the Hatcliffe Development Trust.[1]

Markham joined the Movement for Democratic Change in 2000.[1] From 2013 to 2018, he was a member of the Harare City Council representing Ward 18.[1] He was elected to the National Assembly in the 2018 general election as the MDC Alliance candidate for the Harare North constituency, unseating the ZANU–PF incumbent, Tongesayi Mudambo.[1][3] He was sworn in to Parliament on 5 September 2018.[4]

Markham was arrested in January 2019 along with four other MDC parliamentarians.[5] Later in 2019, he criticised the ruling government over what he claimed was corrupt interference with agriculture.[6]

Personal lifeEdit

He is married and lives in the Borrowdale suburb of Harare.[1]


  1. ^ a b c d e f g h "Hon Markham Allan Norman". Parliament of Zimbabwe. Retrieved 2020-05-07.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  2. ^ Kelly, Mary Louise; Shapiro, Ari (2018-06-26). "'A New Life': An Activist Comes Home To Zimbabwe, Hoping To Hold Leaders Accountable". NPR. Retrieved 2020-05-07.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  3. ^ a b Oliphant, Roland; Thornycroft, Peta (2018-07-26). "How the last of Zimbabwe's whites are forging new roles in the post-Mugabe era". The Telegraph. ISSN 0307-1235. Retrieved 2020-05-07.
  4. ^ "Members of Zimbabwe's 9th Parliament Sworn-in, Cabinet Picks to Follow". VOA Zimbabwe. Voice of America. 2018-09-05.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  5. ^ "Zimbabwe union leader arrested after protests - lawyers' group". IOL. 2019-01-21. Retrieved 2020-05-07.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  6. ^ Markham, Rusty (2019-10-11). "Rusty Markham: This regime must desist from corruption in agriculture". Nehanda Radio. Retrieved 2020-07-02.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)