Joyce Mujuru – Bio

Joyce Mujuru is a Zimbabwean politician, who serves as a vice-president of the Zanu-PF party, alongside fellow vice-president Joseph Msika and president Robert Mugabe, taking a position left vacant following the death of Simon Muzenda. This puts her in line to succeed Mugabe, if he retires in 2008.

Joyce Mujuru, 49, a ruthless supporter of the government’s purge of white farmers, has been the unexpected beneficiary of a Zanu-PF reshuffle dubbed “the night of the long knives” by the Zimbabwe Broadcasting Corporation. Mujuru has the added advantage of a powerful husband — Solomon Mujuru, the former head of the army. The Mujurus live on a 3,500-acre requisitioned farm, Alamein, 45 miles south of Harare, which has been found by the Supreme Court in Zimbabwe to have been illegally requisitioned from the farm owner.

Times Article: http://www.timesonline.co.uk/article/0,,2089-1388612,00.html

Mujuru, along with his Wife, Joyce Mujuru and numerous other Zanu PF party members are the subjects of US personal sanctions, imposed against them by the US government

http://www.zwnews.com/issuefull.cfm?ArticleID=13267

Mujuru was born in Zimbabwe’s northeastern district of Mt Darwin, a Shona from the Zezeru language group, as are Mugabe and Msika. She completed two years of secondary education when she decided to join the liberation war. She downed a helicopter with a machine gun on February 17, 1974 after refusing to flee.

“Incredibly, I hit the machine and there was a lot of black smoke and it crashed. A big explosion followed,”

she was quoted as saying of the incident in which all the white occupants of the helicopter perished.

She took the nom-du-guerre Teurai Ropa (spill blood), and then rose to become one of the first women commanders in Mugabe’s ZANLA forces. In 1977 she married Solomon Mujuru — known then as Rex Nhongo — who was deputy commander-in-chief of ZANLA.

At independence in 1980, Mujuru became the youngest cabinet minister in Mugabe’s cabinet, taking the portfolio of sports, youth and recreation. She took secondary school in after she was appointed minister.

As minister of telecommunications, she tried to stop Strive Masiyiwa from establishing his independent cellphone network Econet. On March 24, 1997 she decided to issue its second cellular telephone license to the previously unknown Zairois consortium Telecel, cutting out cellphone pioneer Strive Masiyiwa, who was given an ultimatum by the cabinet to sell his imported equipment to his rivals.

Instead, she allocated the second license to the Zairois consortium, which included her husband Solomon and President Robert Mugabe’s nephew Leo.

After many legal fights, Masiyiwa won his licence in December 1997, while Telecel’s was cancelled.

Family Name: Mujuru
Given Name: Joyce
Pseudonym: Teurai Ropa
Dates: born 15 Apr 1955
Gender: Female
Country: Zimbabwe
Positions

Positions listed are those which are held currently or have been held in the past. Dates are given wherever possible. Where there are no dates, positions are ordered alphabetically.

* Vice President – Government of Zimbabwe (06 Dec 2004 – )
* Minister of Rural Resources & Water Development – Government of Zimbabwe (1997 – 2004)
* Minister of Information, Post and Telecommunication – Government of Zimbabwe (1996 – 1997)
* Resident Minister and Governor – Mashonaland Central (1992 – 1996)
* Minister of Community Development, Cooperatives and Women’ Affairs – Government of Zimbabwe (1988 – 1992)
* Minister of State by the Prime Minister – Government of Zimbabwe (1985 – 1988)
* Minister of Community Development and Women’s Affairs – Government of Zimbabwe (1980 – 1985)

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  • […] MUJURU, Joyce; DOB 15 Apr 1955; Minister of Rural Resources and Water of Zimbabwe (individual) [ZIMBABWE] -to- MUJURU, Joyce Teurai Ropa; DOB 15 Apr 1955; Second Vice President (individual) [ZIMBABWE] […]

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  • […] (individual) [ZIMBABWE] MUJURU, Joyce; DOB 15 Apr 1955; Minister of Rural Resources and Water of Zimbabwe (individual) [ZIMBABWE] -to- MUJURU, Joyce Teurai Ropa; DOB 15 Apr […]

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  • […] Mujuru, who is said to be behind the plan to virtually construct a wall around Mugabe to blockade his rival for influence in Zanu PF – former parliamentary speaker Emmerson Mnangagwa – from easy access to the President, could not be reached for comment on the matter yesterday. But Shamuyarira confirmed the planned appointments although he denied these were linked to the silent but vicious battle to control Zanu PF after Mugabe’s departure. Shamuyarira told Zim Online: “I can see you want to pry in on our internal affairs. We are simply strengthening our security and yes we will have a separate spokesman for the President who will report to the party. That’s all I can say at the moment.” Mujuru’s wife, Joyce, is Zanu PF and Zimbabwe’s second Vice-President and is well positioned to succeed Mugabe when and if he steps down in two years’ time. But there remains no guarantee Mujuru’s wife will succeed Mugabe especially because Mnangagwa – for long considered Mugabe’s heir apparent before being beaten to the vice-presidency by Joyce at the eleventh hour – is not yet totally vanquished as a contender for the top job. Another worry for Mujuru and his wife is the fact that Mugabe, although aged and clearly weaker than before, remains too strong both within Zanu PF and the government and could still hand over the baton to anyone else besides Joyce. According to our sources, Mujuru’s faction sponsored the resolution to restructure Zanu PF’s security and information departments during the party’s annual conference last month. The resolution was however not made public. “Besides monitoring access to Mugabe the idea is also to dilute the growing influence of the President’s inner staff especially people like Charamba and the security guys,” said another senior Zanu PF official, who also cannot be named. […]

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  • […] President Robert Mugabe will run for another presidential term if his favoured successor, Vice President Joice Mujuru, fails to garner unanimous support within the ruling Zanu PF , authoritative official sources said this week. They said Mugabe was keeping his options open on whether to run for another presidential term, preferring to make a decision by the end of the year after checking whether Mujuru had made progress in rallying solid support within Zanu PF and nationally to win presidential elections due in 2008. Although Mugabe has hinted that he wanted to retire at the end of his term, ruling party sources said he only wanted to relinquish power to a cadre he was sure would not hound him for various crimes he has committed against Zimbabweans, including genocide. The sources, within the government and the ruling party, said Mugabe had now acknowledged that there were difficulties in successfully selling Mujuru’s candidature in Zanu PF and to Zimbabweans in time for the presidential ballot. This factor could force the President to revise his retirement plans as well as his decision on which individuals could succeed him. […]

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  • […] Acting President Joice Mujuru has admitted for the first time that corruption is deeply entrenched in her Zanu PF party, blasting her colleagues in government for propping up their lifestyles with stinking riches while the majority Zimbabweans are battling to eke out a living. Mujuru, who is currently holding fort at Munhumutapa Building while President Mugabe is on leave, blasted her Zanu PF colleagues for being driven by corruption, greed and individualism in pursuit of self-centred business. Joyce Mujuru, 49, a ruthless supporter of the government’s purge of white farmers, has been the unexpected beneficiary of a Zanu-PF reshuffle dubbed “the night of the long knives” by the Zimbabwe Broadcasting Corporation. Mujuru has the added advantage of a powerful husband — Solomon Mujuru, the former head of the army. The Mujurus live on a 3,500-acre requisitioned farm, Alamein, 45 miles south of Harare, which has been found by the Supreme Court in Zimbabwe to have been illegally requisitioned from the farm owner. […]

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  • […] Masamvu says its now likely that in 2008 Mujuru will be elected via a vote of both lower and upper houses in parliament. She will then have a head start of 2 years over any opposition opponent. […]

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  • […] Joyce Mujuru has signed a law that that could send journalists to prison for up to five years if they are found to have insulted Mugabe. […]

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  • […] Mugabe takes his annual leave from December to the end of January, but as of Friday, Vice President Joice Mujuru was still acting President. […]

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  • […] The Vice President of Zimbabwe, Joyce Mujuru, and her husband Solomon Mujuru (ex head of the Zimbabwean Armed forces and reputed “King Maker”) are due in Court on Wednesday (14th March) in the Zimbabwean capital, Harare, where illegally evicted farmer Guy Watson-Smith sues for a default judgement against Zimbabwe’s “second family” for the illegal seizure of their moveable assets when they were forced to leave Alamein Farm a in 2001. […]

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