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Edson Zvobgo
1st Minister of Local Government & Housing, Zimbabwe
In office
18 April 1980 – 18 April 1982
President Canaan Banana
Prime Minister Robert Mugabe
Preceded by None
Constituency Masvingo, Masvingo Province
2nd. Minister of Justice, Zimbabwe
In office
18 April 1982 – 18 April 1985
President Canaan Banana
Prime Minister Robert Mugabe
1st Minister of Parliament & Constitutional Affairs, Zimbabwe
In office
18 April 1985 – 18 April 1992
President Robert Mugabe
Minister of Mines, Zimbabwe
In office
18 April 1992 – 18 April 1996
President Robert Mugabe
Minister Without Portfolio, Zimbabwe
In office
18 April 1996 – 18 April 2000
President Robert Mugabe
Personal details
Born (1935-10-02)2 October 1935
Fort Victoria, Southern Rhodesia
(now Masvingo, Zimbabwe)
Died 22 August 2004(2004-08-22) (aged 68)
Harare, Zimbabwe
Nationality Zimbabwean
Political party ZANU PF
Spouse(s) Julia Tukai Zvobgo (1937–2004)
Children 7 children (Kerina, Edson Jnr., Tsungi, Jonasi, Esther, Tendai, Farai Emily)
Residence Glen Lorne, Harare & Masvingo
Alma mater Tufts University; Harvard University
Occupation Nationalist; Politician ; M.P. – Masvingo South (18 April 1980 – 22 August 2004); Hotelier
Profession Lawyer; Academic
Religion Dutch Reformed Church

Edson Jonasi Zvobgo (2 October 1935 – 22 August 2004) was a founder of Zimbabwe's ruling party Zanu-PF,[citation needed] was the Patriotic Front's spokesman at the Lancaster House in late 1979,[1] a Harvard-trained lawyer, and a poet.

His name is often misspelled by the media, either as Eddison instead of Edson or Zvogbo instead of Zvobgo.

He was born in then Southern Rhodesia in 1935, near Fort Victoria (now Masvingo), where his father was a minister in the Dutch Reformed Church. In 1960, Zvobgo won a scholarship to Tufts University in Boston, Massachusetts aged 25. After taking a bachelor's degree there in 1964, he returned home to be arrested and detained for political activism against white rule in Rhodesia, along with Robert Mugabe and Joshua Nkomo.

Zvobgo was freed in 1971, and he spent a period in exile in Canada. He then studied law at Harvard and international relations at The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, followed by a position as associate professor teaching criminal law at Lewis University College in Illinois.

Zvobgo played a key role in international negotiations at Lancaster House that ended the bitter bush war and led to British-sponsored all race elections ahead of independence in 1980. He was the Zanu-PF spokesman, and impressed many in the international press with his quick repartee and astute analysis of the negotiations. In the 1980 elections, he won a seat in parliament for Masvingo, which he continued to hold until his death.

An influential member of Zimbabwe's first fully independent cabinet, Zvobgo was minister for local government and housing until 1982, and minister for justice until 1985. As minister of parliamentary and constitutional affairs, in 1987 he made several amendments to the Constitution that concentrated power in the hands of the president and moved Zimbabwe towards a one-party state.

Initially a staunch supporter of Zanu-PF policies, in later years he criticised Robert Mugabe's autocratic rule.

In 1992 Zvobgo was moved to the less influential post of Minister of Mines. In 1996 he survived a car accident, in which both his legs were broken. This accident was considered suspicious by many. Shortly after the accident Mugabe demoted Zvobgo further to Minister Without Portfolio, and, in 2000, he was dropped from the cabinet altogether.

In the 2002 presidential elections, he refused to campaign for Mugabe, but did not endorse the opposition challenger Morgan Tsvangirai, leader of the Movement for Democratic Change (MDC). He also voiced his opposition to the sweeping media law, passed the same year, calling it "the most serious assault on our constitutional liberties since independence".[2]

Despite his criticism, Zvobgo eventually voted for the legislation, which was used to close off Zimbabwe's only privately owned daily newspaper, The Daily News, and to arrest at least 31 independent journalists.

He became the subject of an internal party disciplinary inquiry in 2003 for his refusal to campaign for Mugabe and after describing the laws as a weapon to stifle opposition to the government, but allegations of disloyalty were eventually dropped.

Zvobgo had also been accused of holding private talks with the opposition Movement for Democratic Change as the ruling party abandoned formal dialogue between the two parties.

Zvobgo died on 22 August 2004 after a lengthy battle with cancer. His wife Julia Tukai Zvobgo, a former Zanu-PF MP, died in February 2004 at the age of 67. He is survived by his seven children, Kerina, Edson Junior, Tsungirirai, Jonasi, Esther, Tendai and Farai Emily.

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New Zimbabwe.com
Sun, 07 Dec 2014 19:14:57 -0800

It was predictable that Mugabe was to use Mujuru as a shock absorber to fend off opponents in the same way he used Muzenda against perceived adversaries to the throne from Edson Zvobgo and others. Indeed, the incumbent achieved his selfish goal and ...

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Fri, 28 Nov 2014 05:18:45 -0800

I am truly convinced that the way Robert Mugabe and his Zanu PF are mis-managing our beloved country is not what the late Cdes e.g. Herbert Chitepo, Nikita Mangena, Edgar Tekere, Edson Zvobgo and many more fought for. In the ANC the presence of ...
 
Zimbabwe Independent
Fri, 09 Nov 2012 00:07:01 -0800

... struggle in camps across Zambia, Tanzania and Mozambique, has been playing itself out mainly on the Masvingo political landscape, with two rival groups led by the late vice-president Simon Muzenda and maverick Edson Zvobgo at each other's throats.

ZimEye - Zimbabwe News

ZimEye - Zimbabwe News
Mon, 03 Mar 2014 00:38:35 -0800

Buhera South legislator Joseph Chinotimba caused a scene in ways reminiscent of the late Edson Zvobgo, in parliament during discussions last week Thursday. It is the late Zvobgo who was known for using offensive words to express his views during ...
 
ZimEye Zimbabwe
Mon, 25 Feb 2013 12:05:17 -0800

Ki ki ki ki ki ki ki ki, am reminded of a speech by the late hero, Cde Edson Zvobgo at a graduation ceremony. He said, and l quote, “….pano ndashamiswa zvikuru kunzwa kuti mwana kana agrajuweta anoitirwa mabiko mombe ichitourayiwa. Zvino kwedu dai ...
 
AllAfrica.com
Wed, 12 Nov 2014 23:09:29 -0800

The list includes Ndabaningi Sithole, Edgar Tekere, and Edson Zvobgo among other legendary former ZANU and ZAPU leaders. Those who think that Mugabe will stand down after the December congress better think again. The upcoming ZANU PF congress ...

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Nehanda Radio
Mon, 16 Jun 2014 07:48:45 -0700

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Wed, 29 Oct 2014 03:03:37 -0700

If he had lead from 1980 to 1989, then from 1990 to 1999 (Edson Zvobgo or Dambudzo Mnangagwa), from 2000 – 2009 (Simba Makoni) and 2010 – 2019 (Simon Khaya Moyo) we wouldn't be having this unnecessary fuss. The focus will be on building a ...
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