Ministry of Youth, Sports, Arts and Recreation

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Ministry of Youth ,Sports, Arts and Recreation
PredecessorMinistry of Education, Sport and Culture
HeadquartersHarare, Zimbabwe
Key people
Kirsty Coventry (Minister)

Ministry of Youth, Sports, Arts and Recreation was a ministry of the Zimbabwean government led by Kirsty Coventry in the Second Mnangagwa Cabinet, after the 2018 elections.


In 1980, the Minister of Youth was Joice Mujuru. See Zimbabwe Cabinet 1980.
In 1987 the Ministry of Youth, Sport and Culture was headed by David Karimanzira and was responsible for the implementation of projects relating to youth activities and employment generation is among the responsibilities of this Ministry. It is also charged with promoting sporting and cultural activities. [1]
September 2013 to September 2015, Andrew Langa was the Minister of Sports Arts and Culture.
In September 2015, Makhosini Hlongwane was Minister.
Chiratidzo Mabuwa was reassigned on 9 October 2017 after a cabinet reshuffle to be the Minister of Youth, Indigenisation and Economic Empowerment taking over from Patrick Zhuwao. In April 2018, the youth affairs department was moved from the Ministry of Women Affairs to the Ministry of Sports, Arts and Recreation.

Tongai Matutu was Deputy Minister of Youth Affairs during the Government of National Unity, 2008 - 2013.

See National Youth Service, for Zimbabweans of ages 18 to 35, 2000 to 2007, by Border Gezi, referred to generally as Green Bombers.
In April 2021, cabinet approved the re-establishment of the National Youth Service Programme. [2]

However the November 2017 Military Coup halted this.

Following the 23-24 August 2023 elections, President Emmerson Mnangagwa announced his new cabinet on 11 September 2023. It included the Ministry of Youth Empowerment Development and Vocational Training, with Tino Machakaire as Minister and Mpamanga Jnr as deputy.
President Emmerson Mnangagwa also appointed Kirsty Coventry as minister and Emily Jesaya as deputy to the Ministry of Sports, Recreation, Arts and Culture.

Since 2018


A Zimbabwean society that fully exploits and utilises sport and recreation to foster development, social integration and empowerment.


To Develop and implement policies and programmes that transform and strengthen the involvement of Zimbabweans in sport and recreation for socio-economic development.

Core Values

  • Unhu/Ubuntu
  • Professionalism
  • Teamwork
  • Excellence
  • Fairness
  • Life-long learning


  • The Ministry’s overall function are as outlined below:
  • Formulate and establish a legal framework that secures, protects and promotes sport and recreation;
  • Develop and implement policies and strategies that ensure development and growth of sport and recreation facilities and industries;
  • Create an environment that supports and strengthens the development of sport and recreation;
  • Establish a revolving fund to stimulate growth of sport and recreation industries;
  • Establish and strengthen the development of institutions and requisite skills to raise the standards of sport and recreation in the country; and
  • Strengthen sport and recreation programmes and activities to achieve employment creation and poverty reduction.
  1. [Katherine Sayce (Ed), Tabex, Encyclopedia Zimbabwe], Tabex, Encyclopedia Zimbabwe, (Quest Publishing, Harare, 1987), Retrieved: 3 August 2022
  2. Nick Mangwana, Cabinet has approved the re-establishment of the National Youth Service Programme., Twitter, Retrieved: 31 April 2021

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