Winston Chitando is a Zimbabwean politician who is currently serves as the Minister of Mines and Mining Development. Chitando was appointed by Zimbabwe president Emmerson Mnangagwa November 2017 soon after he assumed power.
Before joining government Winston Chitando worked for Hwange Colliery Company in 1985, and also later worked for Anglo-American Corporation in various capacities, including Chief Accountant, for 11 years.
In 1997, he became a commercial manager at Zimasco before rising to the position of executive director (finance) for both Zimasco (Pvt) (Ltd) and Mimosa Mining Company (1998-2007). He also served as Vice-President of the Chamber of Mines of Zimbabwe from 2008 to 2011 and was its President from 2011 to 2013.. In April 1, 2013 he became an executive chairman of Mimosa Holdings
In May 19, 2016 he was also appointed the board chairman of Hwange Colliery Company Limited.
Alleged affair with Priscilla Chigumba
Prior to July 2018 general elections former Sunday Mail editor Edmund Kudzayi accused Zimbabwe Electoral Commission chairperson Priscilla Chigumba of engaging in an extra-marital affair with Chitando. Kudzayi argued that her alleged affair with Chitando will make Chigumba favor Mnangagwa and Zanu Pf. Winston Chitando was contesting Gutu Central seat in the National Assembly which he went on to win.
Initial Chitando was appointed by Mnangagwa as Mines Minister in November 2017 based on his vast experience in the mining sector. In July 2018 general elections Chitando contested Gutu Central seat which he went to win under Zanu Pf. He returned his position in government as Minister of Mines.