EDNA MADZONGWE Zimbabwe politician

Edna Madzongwe (born 11 July 1943) is a Zimbabwean politician who has been President of the Senate of Zimbabwe since 2005. She was previously Deputy Secretary for Production and Labor.

POLITICAL CAREER

She was elected as President of the Senate on 30 November 2005. In the March 2008 parliamentary election, she was re-elected to the Senate from Chegutu constituency, receiving 23,032 votes against 14,275 for Violet Paneairi Mokoesti of the Movement for Democratic Change (MDC-Tsvangirai). Following this election, in which ZANU-PF won control of the Senate but not the House of Assembly, Madzongwe was re-elected as President of the Senate on 25 August 2008, receiving 58 votes. Gibson Sibanda, whose candidacy was supported by the two MDC factions (MDC-Tsvangirai and MDC-Mutambara), received 28 votes.

As of December 2008, she was embroiled in a dispute with an elderly white Zimbabwean farmer from Chegutu. Madzongwe has claimed the property as part of the government policy of redistributing land owned by white farmers, but the farmer has accused her of attempting to take his property by use of illegal means. The case has been referred to a tribunal of African judges established by the 15 nations of the Southern African Development Community regional trade bloc. However, the Tribunal has not been ratified and as such does not hold precedence over Zimbabwean law. This is the deadlock that the two parties were engaged in.

Following the July 2013 parliamentary election, in which ZANU-PF won a large majority, Madzongwe was re-elected as President of the Senate on 3 September 2013.

Family

  • Husband: Forbes Madzongwe (late)
  • Children: Valentine, Farai and Tendai. Tsitsi (Step-daughter) and Martin (Step-son)
  • Siblings: Eric Gwanzura (former Senator), Jane Gwanzura (late), Mike Gwanzura (late), Mabel Tawengwa née Gwanzura (wife to late George Tawengwa), Cleopus Gwanzura, Norma Gwanzura, Henry Gwanzura and Jacob Gwanzura (late).
  • Parents: Enoch (Sireu) Gwanzura and Miriam (Mheria) Gwanzura née Gara.

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