Cain Mathema, Zimbabwe’s Minister of Primary and Secondary Education has been mentioned as a potential replacement to Vice President Kembo Mohadi who resigned Monday following accusations that he was bedding his married aides.
We list below a number of things you probably didn’t know about Cain Mathema.
- He is the former Minister of Welfare Services for War Veterans, War Collaborators and Former Political Detainees October 2017 to November 2017; Former Minister of Home Affairs and Culture Heritage September 2018 to November 2019.
- He joined the armed struggle under ZIPRA in April 1968 and did military intelligence and communications training in Moscow 1968-1969.
- He is a former Member of Parliament for Tsholotsho (1995-2000) and was Governor and Resident Minister – Bulawayo Metropolitan Province from 2004 to September 2013
- He’s a Ndebele and English poet, playwright, author of short stories, author of over 15 books in politics, economics, political economy and literature including “Wealth and Power: An Introduction to Political Economy (1988)”.
- In December 2010, as Governor of Bulawayo, Mathema said that the bones of Cecil John Rhodes, the founder of Rhodesia, were supposed to be be immediately exhumed and sent back to Britain as it was an affront to postcolonial sensibilities. he also said Victoria Falls was supposed to revert to its original name from the Tonga language, Mosi oa Tunya.
- He made the news in 2016 when he married 23-year-old Bathabetsoe Nare who was 47 years younger than him by the time they got married.
- Cain Mathema Holds a BSc Hon. Degree in Economics, Public Administration and Political Science – Nottingham Trent Polytechnic, UK.
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