Hon Mudenda Jacob Francis

  • Affiliation: Zanu-PF
  • Chamber: National Assembly
  • Positions: Speaker of the National Assembly
  • Constituency: N/A
  • Gender: Male


Current Business Address: Parliament of Zimbabwe, P.O Box CY 298 Causeway Harare

Current residential address: 49 Coghlan Avenue, Kumalo, Bulawayo, Zimbabwe

Marital Status: Married.

Languages: Fluent in English, and Eight African Languages.

Bus. Telephone(s): 263-4-700181-9/ 242936-50



Academic and Professional Qualifications

Tertiary: Bachelor of Arts Degree - University of South Africa, Honours Law graduate (LLB) - University of Zimbabwe, Post Graduate Diploma in Labour Law, [PGDL Arbitration] - University of Zimbabwe.

Career in General

Hon. Mudenda boasts a decade of practical legislative experience, having served as Senator and Provincial Governor and Resident Minister for Matabeleland North Province from 1985 – 1990 and Non-Constituency Member of Parliament from 1995 – 2000.

A competent and renowned administrator, he served as District Administrator for Kariba and Binga Districts respectively before his elevation to the post of Provincial Administrator for Matabeleland North Province from 1982 to 1984.

Political History

Hon. Mudenda has had an illustrious and inspirational political life having been an active member of ZAPU youth wing which had landed him in detention at Dete Police Cells (in Hwange District) for a month. He had been accused as a ring leader of youths who had stoned some Whiteman’s vehicles resulting in severe personal injuries of occupants.

He was sentenced to 6 months imprisonment which was commuted to 12 strokes of bamboo hiding because he was a juvenile under the age of 21 years. In 1964 while he was a student at Kutama College, he joined ZANU, the newly formed breakaway Party from ZAPU. He served in various structures of ZANU-PF rising to become a Member of the ZANU-PF Politburo in which he served from 2008 to 2013 when he had to resign for professional reasons and by the operation of the law to a take up an appointment as Chairperson of the Zimbabwe Human Rights Commission. Prior to his appointment to the Politburo, he was the Provincial Chairman of ZANU PF for Matabeleland North Province from 1995 to 2004 and was a ZANU PF Member of the ZANU-PF Central Committee, having served before that as the Matabeleland Provincial Secretary for Administration.

Career in General

He worked as Principal English Lecturer and Head of Languages Department at the United College of Education, Bulawayo, (1978 – 1981) and as Headmaster of Marist Brothers Secondary School (Dete) from 1973– 1977. He is a member of the Institute of Directors and was a Foundation Committee Member of the National University of Science and Technology and Lupane State University. He was National Chairman of the Zimbabwe Sports and Recreation Council from 1986 to 1990, Vice Chairman of the National Investment Centre (now the Zimbabwe Investment Authority) and also a member of various Boards of State institutions, including being Chairman of the Natural Resources Board. He has also served as National Chairman of the Safari Operators Association of Zimbabwe, Chairman of the Small Enterprises Development Cooperation (SEDCO) and the Civil Aviation Authority of Zimbabwe (CAAZ).

A founding senior partner of MUDENDA ATTORNEYS LEGAL PRACTITIONERS, Hon. Mudenda was admitted as a Legal Practitioner and Conveyancer at the High Court of Zimbabwe, Bulawayo in January 2005. He was previously a partner at T. HARA & PARTNERS LEGAL PRACTITIONERS for seven (7) years. Hon. J.F. Mudenda served for three years in the Committee of nine legal and social scientist experts during the drafting of the new Constitution of Zimbabwe. This Committee was responsible for researching and drawing up pre-drafts of the new Constitution of Zimbabwe chapter by chapter for the Constitutional Parliamentary Select Committee's scrutiny.

Hon. Mudenda served as Chairperson of the Zimbabwe Human Rights Commission from March 2010 to the time of his elevation to position of Speaker of the National Assembly on the 17th of September 2014. Consequently, he was recalled back to serve in the ZANU-PF Politburo in November 2014.

Hon. J. F. Mudenda has held senior leadership and executive positions in both the public and private sectors for more than 42 years in Zimbabwe.

Hon. Jacob Francis Mudenda