Nelson Chamisa, born on February 2, 1978, is a prominent Zimbabwean politician and the current President of the Citizens Coalition For Change. He has had a notable political career, serving in various roles and capacities within the political landscape of Zimbabwe.
Chamisa's early life can be traced to the small town of Masvingo, where he was born in 1978. He pursued his education at Harare Polytechnic and the University of Zimbabwe
His political journey started with his involvement in the Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) party, where he took on various significant roles. He served as the chairperson of the MDC Youth Assembly and, later, as the MDC Alliance's spokesperson. In April 2011, he was elected as the party's organizing secretary. In Parliament, he chaired several portfolio committees, including Defense and Home Affairs, Public Accounts, Gender and Youth, and Transport and Communications. Chamisa was also a member of various other parliamentary bodies and held the position of the secretary-general of the Zimbabwe National Students Union.
In his political career, Chamisa achieved several milestones. In 2003, at the age of 25, he became the youngest Member of Parliament in Zimbabwe. He went on to serve as a cabinet minister in the Government of National Unity of Zimbabwe from February 2009 to July 2013.
However, his political career was marked by both achievements and controversies. He lost the position of party Secretary-General in the MDC to Douglas Mwonzora and faced allegations of limiting the access of other youth and student leaders to party president Morgan Tsvangirai. Despite these challenges, he was appointed as co-Vice President of the MDC in 2016.
The struggle for power within the MDC intensified when Morgan Tsvangirai faced a battle with colon cancer. Following Tsvangirai's passing in February 2018, Chamisa was appointed as the acting president of the party, effectively becoming the new leader of the MDC and the MDC Alliance.
Chamisa's political journey culminated in his candidacy for the presidency in the 2018 general election, where he was the MDC Alliance's candidate. Despite widespread criticism of the election's fairness, he lost to ZANU PF's Mnangagwa.
In terms of education, Chamisa holds a Masters in International Relations and Diplomacy from the University of Zimbabwe, a degree in Governance and Development Studies from Stanford University in the USA, a bachelor's degree in political science and public administration, and an LLB (Honours) from the University of Zimbabwe. He is also a qualified lawyer and has worked for a law firm in Harare.
Chamisa's political beliefs have been described as a mix of Christian social conservatism and economic progressivism. His stance on various issues, such as Israel and homosexuality, has evolved over time and attracted both support and criticism.
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