By Staff Reporter
Kuda David Mnangagwa assumed the role of Deputy Minister of Finance and Investment Promotion, following a presidential appointment by his father, President Emmerson Mnangagwa, on September 11, 2023.
This familial tie extends further within the Zimbabwean Cabinet, where Kuda Mnangagwa shares the political arena with his father and cousin, Tongai Mafidhi Mnangagwa, who serves as the Deputy Minister of Tourism and Hospitality.
Kuda Mnangagwa’s multifaceted background encompasses a blend of academic achievements and professional endeavors.
Graduating from the University of Zimbabwe with a law degree, he furthered his education in the United States, acquiring a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration and Actuarial Science from Drake University. His academic pursuit also led him to Malaysia, where he obtained additional tertiary-level qualifications.
In the realm of business, Kuda Mnangagwa’s entrepreneurial spirit shines through as the founder and CEO of a private equity investment and advisory firm. With a strategic focus on financial services, mining, real estate, and construction, his firm contributes significantly to economic ventures within Zimbabwe and the broader Southern African region.
Prior to his ministerial appointment, he garnered experience in the insurance sector as an Actuarial Associate at Aon Hewitt and served as a Non-Executive Director of the National Building Society.
However, amidst his professional journey, Kuda Mnangagwa has not been immune to scrutiny. Accusations of nepotism and corruption have emerged from critics, questioning his qualifications and suitability for his ministerial role. Nevertheless, his legal representative, Tinomuda Chinyoka, staunchly defends him, challenging the validity of such claims without substantiated evidence.
Furthermore, allegations of wildlife poaching in Nyangambe, within the Save Valley Conservancy in Chiredzi, surfaced against Kuda Mnangagwa in 2015. Denying any wrongdoing, he emphasizes his unwavering dedication to national service and economic advancement.
Alongside his professional endeavors, Kuda Mnangagwa shares a familial bond with his wife, Rasheeda Travers, a scholar with academic accolades in political science and international relations. She is currently pursuing another masters in conflict management and early warning mechanisms at The Defense College