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Arthur Mutambara
Arthur Mutambara


President of the Mutambara faction of the Movement for Democratic Change (MDC).

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Created: 30th Jun 2008
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In 2005 the MDC split into two factions following a dispute over whether or not to participate in the March 2005 parliamentary election. While MDC leader Morgan Tsvangirai, Mutambara, and others opposed participation, Welshman Ncube and Gibson Sibanda led a faction that favored participation in the election.

Mutambara was elected president of the breakaway faction in 2006. Many said that the choice to make him a leader was inspired by the fact that he is a Shona, which would help his candidacy across the whole of Zimbabwe. A lot of Mutambara's activism focused on land reform and unification across Zimbabwe.

After being arrested numerous times on account of leading political marches, he had been released without charges after serving a few days in custody.

In 2008, Mutambara and Tsvangirai failed to agree on a single candidate for the March presidential election, instead prompting Mutambara to run in the concurrent parliamentary election. Although he was placed third, Tsvangirai won 99 seats in the parliamentary election which reunited the factions, enabling the MDC to obtain majority in parliament.
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Arthur Mutambara
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Date of Birth: May/25/1966
Gender: male
Place of Origin: Zimbabwe
As an undergraduate student of Electrical Engineering at the University of Zimbabwe, Mutambara was also a student leader in opposition of the ruling ZANU-PF party. In 1988 and 1989, Mutambara led anti-government protests which led to his arrest and imprisonment.

After completing his doctorate at Britain's Oxford University he went on to the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and became professor at several other universities in the United States. He is now known as one of Africa's most prominent scientists.

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President of the Mutambara faction of the Movement for Democratic Change (MDC).

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Mon Jan 16 15:13:57 2012

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Author: takunya_ndebvu
Mon Dec 6 11:15:01 2010

It is misleading, outrageous, scandalous and a pack of lies to allege that President Mugabe has so-called "plan to hold elections next year", 2011. President Mugabe has never had and SHALL NEVER have such a plan because he is not the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission neither is he the parties to the GPA - he is just one of the three principles.

What President Mugabe was and is doing, and will continue to do is to interpret and explain what the law (Constitution and GPA) says. The GPA clearly states that it SHALL have a life span of only two years… [Read Full Text]

Author: chokora
Tue Dec 7 08:21:57 2010

Tales of Tsvangirai, the rhodie's merry clown

[He may be considered smart - until he opens his mouth. Phew! Does he ever shut up?]


BRUSSELS, Dec 06, 2010 - "Setting up a power-sharing government to end the post-election dispute in Ivory Coast would set a bad example to other African countries, Zimbabwean Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai said on Monday."

Author: Susan_Ndebvu
Wed Dec 8 20:39:30 2010

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Author: chingava1
Tue Dec 7 03:12:48 2010

For the first time,SADC leaders have come up with something comprehensive with regard to the Zim situation. Surely the country is not ready for elections now. All the economic gains made since the start of the Unity Gvt will be eroded and the biggest casuality will be the people. How arnachy suites PF! Lets wait to see what the ageing Bob will do. He will go ahead with the elections without any hasitation. This is the Bob that we know. He knows that the region has no power to compel him anything. He will use his powers to craft… [Read Full Text]

Author: Voice of hope
Fri Dec 10 16:36:18 2010

Time Gentlemen please. Enough is enough. Independence was over fifty years ago Africa must get its house in order. If if cant, the Chinese will take it! We need an international force. Its first task is to install the new President in the Ivory Coast before civil war erupts. The incumbent President and all loyal to his illegal regime face immediate death. Once completed ,I would estimate it will only take two weeks. Move immediately to Zimbabwe. Again Mugabe and close associates face immediate death. The reconstruction of working government will take several months. During this time it must… [Read Full Text]

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Mugabe's 2011 Election Hangs in the Balance

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