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Olivia Muchena

The Right Honourable Dr.
Olivia Muchena
Muchena, June 2006
Minister of Women Affairs, Gender and Community Development
In office
13 February 2009 – 10 September 2013
President Robert Mugabe
Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai
Deputy Evelyn Masaiti
Preceded by Sithembiso Nyoni (Acting)
Minister of Science and Technology Development of Zimbabwe
In office
Unknown – 13 February 2009
President Robert Mugabe
Succeeded by Henry Dzinotyiweyi
Personal details
Born 18 August 1946
Mutoko, Southern Rhodesia
Political party Zimbabwe African National Union-Patriotic Front
Alma mater Iowa State University

Olivia Nyembezi Muchena (born 18 August 1946[1]) is a Zimbabwean politician, currently serving in the Cabinet of Zimbabwe as Minister of Higher Education. She was previously the Minister of Science and Technology Development and also Minister of Women's Affairs.[2]

She studied for a PhD in Agriculture Extension Education with minors in Technology and Social Change at Iowa State University. During the late 1970s she was a faculty member at the University of Rhodesia [1]. A strong supporter of President Robert Mugabe, she has served in various positions in the Zimbabwe government, including in the Ministry of Agriculture and the Office of the Vice President, where she was involved in Zimbabwe's land reform process.

When the ZANU-PF–MDC national unity government was sworn in on February 13, 2009, Muchena became Minister of Women's Affairs.[3]


  1. ^ Block Proeprty of Persons Undermining Democraftic Processes or Institutions in Zimbabwe
  2. ^ "Parliament of Zimbabwe". Retrieved 2008-02-06. 
  3. ^ "Cabinet sworn in amid chaotic scenes",, February 13, 2009.

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