Patrick Zhuwao (/; born 23 May 1967) is a Zimbabwean politician, businessman, and farmer. He served as Minister of Public Service, Labour and Social Welfare of Zimbabwe between October and November 2017. He was expelled from the ZANU–PF party during the 2017 Zimbabwean coup d'état.
Zhuwao was born in 1967 to Sabina Mugabe and a Mozambican father. His uncle is former Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe. He studied at the University of Zimbabwe, where he earned two bachelor's degrees and four master's degrees. Zhuwao went on to become a tobacco farmer and businessman, with interests in several parastatals. He also founded a think tank, the Zhuwao Institute, which focused on economic development and was aligned with the policies of President Mugabe.
Zhuwao entered politics in 2007 when President Mugabe appointed him Deputy Minister of Youth. A year later, he was elected to the House of Assembly for the Zvimba East constituency and was appointed Deputy Minister of Science and Technology, a position he held until 2012. In 2013, he was defeated in the ZANU–PF primaries for reelection to Parliament. In 2015, he was named Minister of Youth Development, Indigenisation and Economic Empowerment. In October 2017, he was named Minister of Public Service, Labour and Social Welfare. In November 2017, he was expelled from ZANU–PF because of his association with First Lady Grace Mugabe and the Generation 40 faction. He is now living in South Africa.
Early life and education
Zhuwao was born on 23 May 1967 to Sabina Mugabe and a Mozambican father. He is the brother of Innocent Mugabe, the former head of the Central Intelligence Organisation, and Leo Mugabe, a businessman and politician. Zhuwao is the only son of Sabina Mugabe who did not use her maiden name as his surname.
He studied at the University of Zimbabwe, where he earned two bachelor's degrees and four master's degrees. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Computer Systems Engineering, a Bachelor of Science in Economics, a Master of Business Administration in Information Technology Management, a Master of Management, a Master of Public and Development Management, and a Master of Science in Economics. He earned his most recent degree, the MS in Economics, in September 2014.