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Date:19 Jul 2018
ZimElections: Get Familiar with the Leading Presidential Candidates

Zimbabwe goes to the polls on 30th July to elect a president who will be expected to around the dire economic state of the country. There are a total of 23 presidential canditates who have put themesleves up to contest the presidency representing the highest number of presidential candidates since the country gained independence from the U.K. in 1980.
 
Incumbent President Emmerson Mnangagwa who took over from Zimbabwe’s long serving President Robert Mugabe is amongst the 23 candidates and many experts predict he will face a stiff challenge from Nelson Chamisa of the opposition Movement for Democratic Change (MDC).
 
In no particular order, we take a look at the leading candidates:
 
President Emmerson Mnangagwa – Zanu-PF
President Mnangagwa is a well-known Zimbabwean politician and a lawyer by profession. He has been at the fore front of the country’s independent struggle. His interest in politics developed when he joined the United National Independence Party (UNIP) during his student days. 
In 1963, he joined the newly-formed Zimbabwe African National Liberation Army as a guerrilla fighter and had the nickname “the crocodile” which represented the guerrilla group he founded, but later because of his political astuteness
He became Zimbabwe’s first Minister of National Security in 1980 and has managed key ministerial portofolios such as the Minister of Rural Affairs, Minister of Defence and was later made Vice President by Robert Mugabe in 2014.
He served as Vice President under Mugabe’s presidency from 2014 to November 2017 where he was sworn in as President after Robert Mugabe was forced to resign post after a coup d’état.
Mnangagwa has been married three times and has 9 children.  
 
Nelson Chamisa – MDC Alliance
Nelson Chamisa, a lawyer by profession and qualified as a pastor after studying theology at a local seminary.  He is the flag-bearer for the MDC Alliance, a group composed of the party's other splinter groups and smaller parties.
Chamisa became well known in Zimbabwe politics by becoming the youngest Member of Parliament at age 25. He also made it as the youngest cabinet Minister in Zimbabwe when he was appointed Minister of Information and Communication Technology 2009 Government of National Unity.
His political life begun when he was appointed Harare Polytechnic Student Representative Council (SRC) president in his first year in college 1998. He was elected the Zimbabwe National Students Union (ZINASU) Secretary General in 1999. He was nicknamed "Wamba Dia Wamba", after a Congolese warlord, during his student leadership days. He served as the MDC National Youth Chairman between 2000 and 2006.
Born in the south-eastern town of Masvingo two years before the country gained independence, Mr Chamisa only became eligible to run for president in February when he turned 40. He is a married man and has a son.
 
Joice Teurai Ropa Mujuru - People’s Rainbow Coalition
Joice Mujuru is a seasoned politician who was part of the independence of Zimbabwe. At independence in 1980, Mujuru became the youngest cabinet minister in the cabinet, taking the portfolio of sports, youth and recreation 
In 2004 she was elected the first female Vice President of ZANU PF and sworn in as Vice President of the Republic of Zimbabwe until her removal when she denounced for allegedly plotting against Mugabe. As a result of the accusations against her, Mujuru lost both her post as Vice-President and her position in the party leadership. She was expelled from the party a few months later, after which she formed the new Zimbabwe People First party.
She was married to Solomon Mujuru until his death in 2011. Mujuru has four daughters and ten grand children. 
 
 
Dr. Nkosana Moyo - Alliance for People’s Agenda
Dr. Nkosana Moyo holds a PhD in Physics and is a politician and an economist. He was the former Zimbabwe Minister of Industry and International Trade. He is known mostly for his sudden resignation from his Ministerial post in 2001, when he left to join his family in South Africa because he disagreed strongly with Zanu-PF policies. The resignation resulted in Former President Robert Mugabe describing him as a "coward".
Dr Moyo announced that he would be running for President of Zimbabwe in 2018 harmonised elections on the 29th of June 2017. Dr Moyo will run this year’s elections under the Alliance For People’s Agenda (APA).
 
The 23 candidates contesting the presidential seat are made up of 20 males and 3 females. 
 
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