Joice Mujuru is the President of National Peoples Party (NPP) formerly known as Zimbabwe People First(ZimPF), who served as Vice President of Zimbabwe from 2004 to 2014. Previously she served as a government minister for years, beginning at independence in 1980, when she became the youngest member of the Cabinet as Sports and Recreation Minister. This was after she served her country during the War of Liberation, from 1972 to 1980, under the nom de guerre Teurai Ropa where she rose to the to the rank of Commissar. She was married to Solomon Mujuru until his death in 2011.
After completing two years of secondary education, she decided to join the Zimbabwe War of Liberation under the name de guerre Teurai Ropa, she downed a helicopter with a machine gun on 17 February 1974 after refusing to flee. She rose to become one of the first women commanders in the ZANLA forces. In 1977 she married Solomon Mujuru, known then as Rex Nhongo, deputy commander-in-chief of ZANLA.
Became the youngest member of the Cabinet in 1980
First Woman Vice President of Zimbabwe
Mujuru was sworn in as Vice-President of Zimbabwe on 6 December 2004, to become the first woman ever to server as Vice President of Zimbabwe
After serving her country faithfully during the War of Liberation, Joice Mujuru was appointed to the first Cabinet of the Republic of Zimbabwe as the youngest person to hold that position as she was assigned to Sports and Recreation portfolio
During the Zimbabwe War of Liberation, Joice Teurai Ropa Mujuru rose to become Commissar and Second-in-Command of Zhunta Camp
Joice Mujuru addressing the press at the launch of ZimPF now National Peoples Party (NPP)