The Ministry of Defence is a Zimbabwe Government ministry, responsible for defence and national defence policy. The current incumbent minister is Kembo Mohadi.[1] Victor Mantemadanda holds the portfolio of deputy minister for War Veterans.[2] The Ministry is located in the capital of Harare.

It oversees the following uniformed services:

It was established in July 1994 as the combined Zimbabwe Defence Forces Headquarters.

Ministers

No. Name Tenure Title
Southern Rhodesia (1923–1954)
1 Robert James Hudson 1 October 1923 – 5 July 1933 Minister of Defence
5 July 1933 – 12 September 1933 Minister of Justice and Defence
2 Stephen Martin Lanigan O'Keeffe 12 September 1933 – 14 November 1934 Minister of Defence
3 Vernon Arthur Lewis 14 November 1934 – 6 October 1936 Minister of Justice and Defence
4 Robert Clarkson Tredgold 6 October 1936 – 12 January 1940 Minister of Defence
12 January 1940 – 28 March 1940 Minister of Justice, Defence and Air
28 March 1940 – 1 March 1943 Minister of Justice and Defence
5 Sir Godfrey Huggins 1 March 1943 – 2 February 1944 Minister of Defence
6 Frank Ernest Harris 2 February 1944 – 1 July 1945
7 William Henry Ralston 1 July 1945 – 7 June 1946
8 Sir Ernest Lucas Guest 7 June 1946 – 15 September 1948 Minister of Defence and Air
Sir Godfrey Huggins 19 November 1948 – 7 September 1953 Minister of Defence
9 George Arthur Davenport 7 September 1953 – 1 July 1954
Federation of Rhodesia and Nyasaland (1953–1963)
1 Sir Godfrey Huggins 7 September 1953 – 18 December 1953 Minister of External Affairs and Defence
18 December 1953 – 2 November 1956 Minister of Defence
2 Sir Roy Welensky 2 November 1956 – 12 June 1959
3 John Moore Caldicott 12 June 1959 – 7 May 1962
4 Sir Malcolm Palliser Barrow 7 May 1962 – 31 December 1963
Southern Rhodesia (1964–1965)
10 Winston Field 1 January 1964 – 14 April 1964 Minister of External Affairs and Defence
11 Ian Smith 14 April 1964 – 8 May 1964
8 May 1964 – 28 August 1964 Minister of Defence
12 Clifford Dupont 28 August 1964 – 17 November 1965
Rhodesia (UDI period, 1965–1979)
Ian Smith 17 November 1965 – 1966 Minister of Defence
13 The Duke of Montrose 1966 – 1968
14 Jack Howman 1968 – 1974
15 P. K. van der Byl 1974 – 1976
16 Reginald Cowper 1976 – 1977
17 Mark Partridge 1977 – 1977
18 Roger Hawkins 1977 – 11 December 1979
19 John Kadzviti 1978 – 11 December 1979
Zimbabwe Rhodesia (Internal Settlement period, 1979)
1 Abel Muzorewa 1 June 1979 – 11 December 1979 Minister of Defence
Zimbabwe (since 1980)
1 Robert Mugabe 1980 – 1985 Minister of Defence
2 Enos Nkala 1985 – 1990
3 Richard Hove 1990 – 1992
4 Moven Mahachi 1992 – 26 May 2001
5 Sydney Sekeramayi 2001 – 13 February 2009
6 Emmerson Mnangagwa 13 February 2009 – 11 September 2013
Sydney Sekeramayi 11 September 2013 – 27 November 2017
7 Kembo Mohadi 30 November 2017 – 29 December 2017 Minister of Defence, Security and War Veterans
8 Constantino Chiwenga 29 December 2017 – 11 September 2018 Minister of Defence and War Veterans
9 Oppah Muchinguri 11 September 2018 – present

Air

No. Name Tenure Title
Southern Rhodesia
1 Robert Clarkson Tredgold 12 January 1940 – 28 March 1940 Minister of Justice, Defence and Air
2 Ernest Lucas Guest 28 March 1940 – 7 June 1946 Minister of Air
7 June 1946 – 15 September 1948 Minister of Defence and Air

See also

References

  1. ^ "Zimbabwe: New Cabinet Appointed - Ministerial Portfolios Reduced to 22 - Only 6 Deputy Ministers Appointed". AllAfrica. Archived from the original on 3 December 2017. Retrieved 2 December 2017.
  2. ^ "Mnangagwa Appoints Coup Plotters to Key Ministries in Recycled Mugabe Cabinet". Voice of America.