Dr. Sydney Tigere Sekeramayi
Minister of State Security
Date of Birth: 30/03/1944
Place of Birth: Chihota
Education: Genetics, Czechoslovakia; Studied Medicine, University of Lund, Sweden, 1964-.
Career: Secretary for Scandinavian Affairs, Zimbabwe African National Union (ZANU), 1966; General Secretary, Zimbabwe Students Union in Europe, 1967-1968; President, Zimbabwe Students Union in Europe, 1971; Official ZANU representative in Scandinavia, 1971; Department of Surgery, Teaching Hospital of the University of Zambia, 1975; Surgeon, UK, 1976; Joined the ZANU medical team, Mozambique, 1977; Deputy Secretary for Health, Zimbabwe, 1977; Member of Parliament, Mashonaland Central, 1980; Minister of Lands, Resettlement and Rural Development, 1980-81; Minister of State for Defence, 1982-84; Minister of Health, 1984-88; Minister of State for National Security, 1988-2000; Minister of Mines, 2000-01 Minister of Defence, 2001-09; Minister of State Security, 2009 to date.
Commentary: Solomon Mujuru, an ethnic Shona-Zezuru, was one of the first students to be sponsored by the Nationalist Movement to study abroad, Sekeramayi has been a loyal member of the party since the 1960s and has held high profile posts in government. A medical doctor and a very reserved person, Sekeramayi was at one time one of the leading contenders to succeed President Robert Mugabe. This was when the exclusive club, the Committee of 26 comprising mainly Zezuru and Korekore, was still strong and wanted to shut out the Karanga- Eddison Zvobgo and Emmerson Mnangagwa - from taking over the party leadership. Sekeramayi has, however, never displayed any presidential ambitions which is probably why Mugabe trusts him as security minister. His star began to fade when Solomon Mujuru, who was spearheading the Committee of 26, decided to back his own wife, Joyce, with Simba Makoni as an alternative. Though out of presidential contention, Sekeremayi has remained one of Mugabe’s trusted ministers and cannot be written off. He still plays a crucial role in deciding who succeeds Mugabe.
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He confirmed, though, that the Finance Ministry was not heavily involved in the transaction, which was being handled by the Defence Ministry led by Sydney Sekeramayi, as well as Permanent Secretary Rushwaya...
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Until then, the 'Big Five' will kick their heels in their reshuffled portfolios: Sydney Sekeramayi (Minister of Defence), Emmerson Mnangagwa (Justice), Obert Mpofu (Transport)...
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The internet blogger ‘Baba Jukwa’ has claimed that the EFF receives funds from Zimbabwe via its Minister of Youth, Indigenisation and Empowerment, Saviour Kasukuwere; Defence Minister Emmerson Mnangagwa; the Commander of the Zimbabwe Defence Force, General Constantine Chiwenga; and State Security Minister Sydney Sekeramayi...
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Some of his colleagues believed State Security Minister Sydney Sekeramayi would emerge ahead of the Vice-President in the succession stakes...
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Perhaps stunned by the ferocity of the attack, we hear that Biti’s MDC colleagues – Nelson Chamisa (Information) Theresa Makone (Home Affairs) and Tapiwa Mashakada (Economic Development) – sided with ZANU-PF heavyweights Vice-President Joice Mujuru, Defence Minister Emmerson Mnangagwa and State Security Minister Sydney Sekeramayi in rejecting plans for swingeing cutbacks this year...
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World-weary Security Minister Sydney Sekeramayi spent an afternoon showing and his party round the shopping malls of plush Borrowdale...
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If any of them are pushed out, they are likely to be replaced by other party loyalists, as Mnangagwa and Sydney Sekeramayi are the ministers in charge of security...
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With the heads of the police and prison service, they are members of the Joint Operations Command (JOC), chaired by Minister of State Sydney Sekeramayi; the other member is the Reserve Bank Governor Gideon Gono...
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Mugabe has nominated old hands with whom he feels comfortable: Didymus Mutasa, Sydney Sekeramayi, Stan Mudenge, John Nkomo, Obert Mpofu and Ignatious Chombo...
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The same applies to Sydney Sekeramayi, transferred from Defence to State Security, who was once considered a rival of Mnangagwa; they now seem to work closely together, though Sekeramayi is from the same province as Mujuru...