Tapiwa Mashakada has seen a lot of ups and downs in his political career. Though an economist, Mashakada has had a long history with the labour movement and has worked with Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai in one way or another since the beginning of the 1990s, first in the Zimbabwe Congress of Trade Unions and later in the Movement for Democratic Change. He is in fact considered one of those in the so-called kitchen cabinet of Tsvangirai. There are only six Wikileaks cables on Mashakada, but they do not give a complete picture of the man. Here they are:
6-Bennett “over the moon” with Tsvangirai’s leadership
5-Mashakada said Mugabe was the only zero that had to go
4-Tsvangirai says there is no room for life presidents in Zimbabwe
3-Mashakada accused of vote buying
1-Mashakada and Biti rivals for MDC economic policy?