|Politician, lawyer, theologist, and activist.
|Date Of Birth/Age:
|02 February 1978 (46 Years Old
|Place of Birth:
|Fort Victoria, Rhodesia
(now Masvingo, Zimbabwe)
|Sithokozile Chamisa (Wife)
Nelson Chamisa is a Zimbabwean politician, lawyer, theologist, and activist. He was the former President of the Citizens Coalition For Change and served as a Member of the House of Assembly of Zimbabwe for Kuwadzana East, Harare.
In the 2018 general elections in Zimbabwe, Chamisa was the MDC Alliance’s presidential candidate. He had previously been the leader of the party’s youth assembly. Chamisa served as the former chairperson of national youth for the party (MDC Alliance) and the Secretary for Information and Publicity for the opposition party Movement for Democratic Change (MDC). Chamisa was elected MDC Alliance’s spokesman at the Party Congress in June 2006.
At age 25, in 2003, Chamisa became the youngest Member of Parliament, and in 2009, he was the youngest cabinet minister in the Government of National Unity of Zimbabwe.
Nelson Chamisa was born in the small town of Masvingo on 2nd February 1978. He celebrated his 46th birthday on February 2nd, 2024. Chamisa has also been characterized as a Christian social conservative and an economic progressive. Chamisa was 25 when he became the youngest Member of Parliament and 31 when he became a cabinet minister in the Government of National Unity of Zimbabwe, making him the youngest ever.
According to several media outlets, Chamisa’s net worth is estimated to be between $5-$6 million. He has had so much success as a politician in Zimbabwe and also as a practicing lawyer.
Nelson Chamisa reportedly lives in Harare, Zimbabwe, but there is no information about his house there.
Not much is known about the car Chamisa drives. In December 2021, Zimbabweans began raising funds to buy him a bulletproof vehicle, which exceeded the targeted $120,000.
Nelson Chamisa is happily married to Sithokozile Chamisa. According to media reports, Sithokozile turned him down the first time they met. However, they met again through a late friend, and she finally agreed to date him. The couple has a son named Ashley.
Nelson came under fire in 2019 when a video of him humiliating his wife went viral. She was giving a speech during the opposition party’s 20th anniversary at Rufaro Stadium when he grabbed the microphone and said,
“That is enough. No. It is me who has come to make speeches.” He was accused of lacking respect for women.
Chamisa attended the Harare Polytechnic University of Zimbabwe. He holds a master’s in International Relations and Diplomacy from the University of Zimbabwe. He also has a Governance and Development Studies degree from Stanford University in California, USA, a bachelor’s degree in political science and public administration, and an LLB (Honours) from the University of Zimbabwe.
Nelson Chamisa is a qualified lawyer who has worked for Harare law firm Atherstone and Cook since November 2014. He obtained a degree in Pentecostal Theology from Living Waters Theological Seminary of Harare in 2016. Living Waters Theological Seminary is affiliated with the Apostolic Faith Mission in his country, Zimbabwe.
Nelson was born to Alice and Sylvanus Chamisa in Rhodesia. His father was a Rhodesian African Rifles soldier. Victor Matemadanda, the secretary of Zanu-PF for War Veterans and the Deputy Deputy Minister of Defence and War Veterans, said his father served earnestly. He said,
“May he respectfully be told that if Mavhaire is a war veteran, then he is the class of Chamisa’s father, a Rhodesian war veteran and not the veteran of the liberation struggle.”
Nelson Chamisa reportedly has a brother who is an MP of Mbare called Starman Chamisa.
Citizens Coalition for Change (2022–2024)
Movement for Democratic Change Alliance (2019–2021)
Movement for Democratic Change – Tsvangirai (2005–2018)