About Nelson chamisa
Nelson Chamisa (born 2 February 1978) is a Zimbabwean politician, current MDC-T President and member of the House of Assembly of Zimbabwe for Kuwadzana, Harare. His charismatic speeches and eloquence saw him rise to become the Secretary for Information and Publicity for the opposition party Movement for Democratic Change (MDC), and former national youth chairperson for that party.
Chamisa is a former chairperson of the MDC Youth Assembly. He was elected MDC spokesman at the party Congress in June 2006. In April 2011 at the Party’s congress in Bulawayo, he was elected as the Party’s Organising secretary, a post which previously belonged to Elias Mudzuri. In Parliament, he is a member of the portfolio committees of Defence and Home Affairs, Public Accounts, Gender and Youth and Transport and Communications. Chamisa is also a member of the Local Government, Public Works & Urban Development and the African Caribbean and Pacific Parliament. He is a former secretary-general of the Zimbabwe National Students Union.
In March 2007 he was attacked at Harare International Airport as he attempted to leave the country for Belgium; he was admitted to a hospital with a broken skull. On the current situation in Zimbabwe, he said, “There is no security. There is no protection. All of us are at risk.”
On 10 February 2009, Morgan Tsvangirai designated Chamisa for the position of Minister of Information, Communication, and Technology as part of the national unity government. After taking office, he fell into a dispute with Webster Shamu, the Minister of Information and Publicity, regarding which ministry should deal with telecommunications. The Herald reported on 10 April 2009, that President Robert Mugabe had assigned responsibility for telecommunications to the Ministry of Transport, headed by Nicholas Goche. Chamisa and Tsvangirai objected to this decision, saying that Mugabe had no power to unilaterally assign telecommunications to another ministry under the terms of the power-sharing agreement.
Chamisa served as a cabinet minister from February 2009 to July 2013, until the end of the Government of national Unity. He also served as the Movement for Democratic Change’s (MDC-T) organising secretary. Chamisa is known as one of the most popular MDC-T leaders and often touted as a possible successor to Morgan Tsvangirai. He lost the position of party Secretary General in the party’s 2014 congress to Douglas Mwonzora. Chamisa has been accused of barring other youth and student leaders from having closer access to party president Tsvangirai, a move allegedly meant to protect his position. After the expulsion of Tendai Biti and Elton Mangoma, Chamisa’s relationship with Morgan Tsvangirai deteriorated; he was apparently not well liked by Tsvangirai’s loyalists. On 16 July 2016 Chamisa was appointed as co-Vice President of the MDC by Tsvangirai to serve alongside Mudzuri and Khupe.
When party leader Morgan Tsvangirai began battling colon cancer, power struggles began to ensue in the party, mainly between Chamisa, Eng. Mudzuri and Khupe. On 14 February, it was announced that Tsvangirai had succumbed to colon cancer in hospital and the next day, the Party’s national council appointed Chamisa acting President for a period of 12 months effectively elbowing his counterpart VP Elias Mudzuri out. As the new President of the MDC-T he also took the role of the President of The MDC Alliance.