Chenhamo Chakezha Chen Chimutengwende is a Zimbabwean politician and a member of Zanu-PF.

Chenhamo Chimutengwende
Born Chenhamo Chakezha Chimutengwende
August 28, 1943
  • Politician
Known for Being a politician.



He was born on 28 August 1943.[1]


He did his primary education at Mutasa Primary School in Highfield, Harare before proceeding to Highfield Secondary School for his secondary education. He holds Ordinary and Advanced Diplomas from Birkshire School of Journalism and TV in England. He also holds MA in Peace and Conflict Resolution from the University of Bradford in England.[2] He was admitted as a Ph.D student at the same University in 1976. His thesis was on “Mass Media and the State in the Socio-Economic Development Process”. He did not finish his doctoral thesis because that was the time when he started moving from one appointment or assignment to another internationally.[3]

Political Career

He joined politics in 1957 in Highfield Harare at the age of 14. He was secretary for information and publicity in the Zanu-PF Youth League in 1963. He did his military training in Ghana in 1964. After independence he became the Zanu PF provincial chairperson in 1986 for Mashonaland Central a position he held for 17 years. He held several positions in Government for 14 years and was a member of parliament for 23 years until 2008. He is a former member of Zanu-PF's Central Committee and deputy secretary for information and publicity in the Zanu PF politiburo.[2]

He served as the Minister of the following Ministries: Information, Posts and Telecommunications; Environment and Tourism; and, Public and Interactive Affairs in the Office of the President and Cabinet. In 1972 he launched his own monthly newspaper in London which was called The Liberation Struggle. It covered news and theoretical issues about liberation struggles in Africa, Asia and Latin America. He was the Editor of this newspaper until 1974 when he left for full-time post-graduate studies at the University of Bradford.[3]

General Career

He was elected at a UN Ministerial Conference in Geneva 1996 as President of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change for a two-year term. In 1997 he was also elected for a two year term at the UN Headquarters in New York as Chairman of the United Nations High Level Environment Committee of Ministers and Senior officials; this was when he was Minister for Environment and Tourism.

He was awarded the “Medal of the Order of the City of Havana” in 1995 by the State Council for Cuba (Cabinet) as a result of his consistent support of the Cuban Revolution. He then became Chairman of the Zimbabwe-Cuba Friendship Association.

Chimutengwende is a former lecturer in Journalism and Mass Communications and Head of the school of Journalism at the University of Nairobi where he served from 1980 to 1982. He served as Deputy Director and Senior lecturer of the journalism programme at the International Press Institute at City University, London in 1979.

He was Chairman of the Kwame Nkrumah Institute of Writers in London from 1971 to 1978. He started practicing Journalism in London from 1968 in London and is extensively published.

Positions Held

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  1. Sanction Search - Details,, published: No Date Given, retrieved: May 25, 2017
  2. 2.0 2.1 HON CHIMUTENGWENDE CHEN CHENHAMO CHAKEZHA, Parliament of Zimbabwe, published: No Date Given, retrieved: May 25, 2017
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 The Profile of Chen Chimutengwende, Afrika Global Network, published: No Date Given, retrieved: may 25, 2017