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MUTASA, Didymus Noel Edwin (b 1935)


Reference code(s): GB 0101 ICS 91

Held at: Institute of Commonwealth Studies

Title: MUTASA, Didymus Noel Edwin (b 1935)

Date(s): 1970-1973

Level of description: Collection (Fonds)

Extent: 1 file

Name of creator(s): Mutasa | Didymus Noel Edwin | b 1935 | Zimbabwean politician


Administrative/Biographical history:

Didymus Noel Edwin Mutasa born 27 July 1935, Rusape, Zimbabwe; educated at Goromonzi Government School, and University of Birmingham; clerk, 1956-1959; established Nayafara Developement Company, 1960; administrative officer, Ministry of Agriculutre, 1960; co-founder Southern Region Federal Services Association, 1960-1963; Co-founder Cold Comfort Society, 1964; arrested 1970, in solitary confinement, Sinoia Prison, 1970-1972; in exile, 1972-1979; founder member Zimbabwe African National Union (ZANU) Branch, Birmingham, and district Chairman ZANU (UK), 1975; joined ZANU Headquarters, Maputo, 1977; deputy secretary for Finance, Central Committee, ZANU, 1978; elected ZANU-PF MP for Manicaland, 1980, also elected Speaker of the Zimbabwe Parliament, 1980-1990; Senior Minister for Political Affairs, 1990, secretary for Transport and Welfare, Politburo, ZANU-PF since 1984.


Scope and content/abstract:

Papers of Didymus Mutasa, on Rhodesian politics, 1970-1973; including papers on his detention, 1970-1972; correspondence on the possibility of suing the British Government for his detention, 1973; letter to Sir Alec Douglas Home, Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO), on Rhodesia, 1973; correspondence with Lady Tweedsmuir on Rhodesia/UK relations, 1973


Language/scripts of material: English

System of arrangement:


Conditions governing access:

Restricted: permission of Mr Mutasa required for access.

Conditions governing reproduction:

No copying without Mr Mutasa's permission.

Physical characteristics:

Finding aids:

See link for repository catalogue.

Detailed catalogue


Appraisal, destruction and scheduling information:


Archival history:

Immediate source of acquisition:

Papers deposited by Mr Mutasa, 1973.


Existence and location of originals:

Existence and location of copies:

Related material:

ICS holds a number of collections containing material on Rhodesian politics including African National Congress (ICS 1), Ignatius Chigwendere (ICS 12), Canon Leslie Gready (ICS 25), Joe Kennedy (ICS 42), Tim Matthews (ICS 54), Anthony McAdam (ICS 50), Southern Rhodesia Legal Aid and Welfare Fund (ICS 107), Kenneth Manyonda (ICS 108) , Miles Pedder (ICS 58), Rhodesia: UDI (ICS 83), Southern Rhodesia: Ministry of Justice and Southern Rhodesia: Ministry of Native Affairs.

Publication note:



Archivist's note: Compiled by Alan Kucia as part of the RSLP AIM25 Project.

Rules or conventions: General International Standard Archival Description ISAD(G), 2nd edition, 2000. National Council on Archives Rules for the Construction of Personal, Place and Corporate Names, 1997.

Date(s) of descriptions: Oct 2001

Apartheid | Racial segregation | Interethnic relations
Blacks | Ethnic groups
Political prisoners | Civil and political rights | Human rights
Racial prejudice | Racial discrimination

Personal names
Buchan | Priscilla Jean Fortescue | 1915-1978 | Baroness Tweedsmuir of Belhelvie | politician x Tweedsmuir of Belhelvie | Baroness
Home | Alexander Frederick | Douglas- | 1903-1995 | Baron Home of the Hirsel | statesman x Douglas-Home | Alexander Frederick x Home of the Hirsel | Baron
Mutasa | Didymus Noel Edwin | b 1935 | Zimbabwean politician

Corporate names
Foreign and Commonwealth Office

Zimbabwe | Southern Africa
Rhodesia x Zimbabwe