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Biography of Joyce MUJURU

Zimbabwe > Politics : Joyce MUJURU

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Born on 15/04/1955 (format : day/month/year)

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Joyce Mujuru (b. April 15, 1955), is a Zimbabwean politician, who serves as a vice-president of the Zanu-PF party, alongside fellow vice-president Joseph Msika and president Robert Mugabe, taking a position left vacant following the death of Simon Muzenda. This puts her in line to succeed Mugabe, if he retires in 2008. Along with her husband, Solomon Mujuru, and other Zanu-PF party members, she is the subject of personal sanctions imposed by the United States. 

Mujuru was born in Zimbabwe's northeastern district of Mt. Darwin, a Shona from the Zezeru language group. (Many Zanu-PF party leaders, including Mugabe and Msika, are also from this area.After completing two years of secondary education, she decided to join Zimbabwe's war of liberation. She downed a helicopter with a machine gun on February 17, 1974 after refusing to flee.
"Incredibly, I hit the machine and there was a lot of black smoke and it crashed. A big explosion followed," she was quoted as saying of the incident in which all the occupants of the helicopter perished.
She took the nom-du-guerre Teurai Ropa (spill blood), and then rose to become one of the first women commanders in Mugabe's ZANLA forces. In 1977 she married Solomon Mujuru, known then as Rex Nhongo, deputy commander-in-chief of ZANLA.

The Mujurus now live on a 3,500-acre requisitioned farm, Alamein, 45 miles south of Harare, which has been found by the Supreme Court in Zimbabwe to have been illegally requisitioned from the farm owner.


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