Obert Moses Mpofu
Zimbabwe

Obert Moses Mpofu

Minister of Mines

Date of Birth: 12/10/1951
Place of Birth: Southern Rhodesia

Biography: Member, ZAPU Youth Movement, 1966-67; Military training, Morogoro, 1968; provincial member, Matabeleland North, 1980; MP, non-constituency, 1987-90; MP, ZANU-PF, Bubi-Umguza, 1990-95; MP, non-constituency, 1995; Governor and Resident Minister, Matabeleland North, 1995-05; Minister of Industry and International Trade, 2005-09; Minister of Mines, 2009 to date

Commentary: While the ZANU-PF Mines Minister, Obert Mpofu, is far from the sharpest knife in the cabinet, as world metals prices soared earlier this year, his ministry has been lucky. Minerals, led by platinum, became by far the most prosperous sector and the stranglehold of the parastatal Zimbabwe Mineral and Development Corporation has been broken, resulting in liberalised marketing, helping gold producers and medium sized mining interests.
A very wealthy man, Mpofu has been Mugabe's main informant and aide in Matabeleland North since the Willowgate car scandal of the 1980s.

 


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ZIMBABWE

Snakes on a plane

The new Transport Minister Obert Mpofu, the former Mines Minister who is a close ally of Mnangagwa, has been investigating several of the airline’s leasing contracts that he deems ruinously over-priced...

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State corruption complicates succession battles

Some of the company's top management are being detained pending trial and new Transport Minister Obert Mpofu has dissolved the airline's board of directors...

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Falling out with the Mugabes

Owing to the way the Cross Global partnership with ZMDC was handled – 'always at the top', said our source, meaning the then Mining Minister, Obert Mpofu – there has been speculation that Hsieh was fronting for the Mugabes in the mining venture, too...

Vol 54 N0 20

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ZANU-PF expands its business empire

The fortunes of former Mines Minister Obert Mpofu rose sharply when he was responsible for the Marange portfolio, although he denies all wrongdoing...

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Mugabe shuffles the pack, again

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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Rushing and cheating

First Mines Minister Obert Mpofu was called a thief and a liar over diamond revenue, then Defence Minister Emmerson Mnangagwa’s faction was blamed for some controversial primaries and the crude role played by security officers in their rigging...

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Diamond votes

The Mines Committee report highlighted the stonewalling by Mines Minister Obert Mpofu over the Chiadzwa diamond operations...

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I chose the deputy

The substantial figure of Obert Mpofu, Minister of Mines, undoubtedly has the required weight but is handicapped by the fact that at the time of the Unity Accord he was already ZANU-PF, having abandoned ZAPU earlier...

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ZANU-PF’s gem of a campaign

At the same time, Mines Minister Obert Mpofu (self-proclaimed monarch of Matebeleland) was bolstering his claims to high office with regular weekend ZANU-PF rallies in drought-prone provinces, at which up to 50 tonnes of maize are distributed to the faithful...

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Muscling out Mugabe

Nonetheless, including urban Bulawayo, there is forceful competition for second prize between Vice-President John Nkomo, Simon Khaya Moyo (National Chairman) and Obert Mpofu, the extremely wealthy Mines Minister...

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