Dambudzo Mnangagwa was born in Zvishavane on 15 September 1942. His father was Mafidi, who was the son of Kushanduka. He was the son of Mnangagwa, whose father was Mapanzure, and he was the son of Chief Chivi, Zungairi. He was born into a rural family that made a living from farming, and his early life was spent at his grandfather’s court listening to cases being heard by the Chief, herding cattle, and going to school. In 1952, when he was just 10 years old, his father, who was by then the acting Chief Mapanzure, had an altercation with the land development commissioner over de-stocking of cattle. He resisted and was arrested, but instead of putting him in jail, exiled him to Northern Rhodesia (now Zambia). He settled in Mumbwa where a relative was living, and joined the village of the local chief, Chief Shakumbila. Dambudzo and his sisters were collected to join them in 1954, travelling by train through Victoria Falls to Lusaka, while younger brothers stayed at home. Young Dambudzo, being the eldest, had already started his formal education at Lundi School in his home area, later completing Standard 4, 5 and 6 at Mumbwa Boarding School in Zambia, before going on to Kafue Secondary School and Hodgson Technical College, where he was expelled for political activity. By now, he had added Emmerson to his name while still in primary school at Myooye school in Mumbwa. He completed his O levels and A levels while in prison through correspondence, and enrolled for a law degree through the University of London, completing Part One at Khami Prison. After being released and deported back to Zambia, he completed his degree in constitutional law at the University of Zambia in 1974-75, with a post-graduate LLB degree and another post-grad program to become Advocate. He was admitted to the Bar of the High Court of Zambia in 1976 and articled at Enoch Dumbutshena’s chambers. As a legal assistant, he was able to visit the detained leadership of ZANU at Mpima Prison in Zambia, and acted as a conduit for messages and instructions, including negotiations on the famous Mgagao Declaration. His reputation features an honest and principled person who is hardworking and seeks innovative solutions to challenges, whether in the country or the community or the family. He is a family man who married Jane Matarise (late) in Zambia in 1973 with five daughters and a son, and later married Auxillia Kutyauripo after independence in Zimbabwe, with three sons. He is seen as a unifier by these sectors, using a methodology that draws on his wit and intellect. He has always been the silent man of Zimbabwean politics. In part this characteristic derives from his very early experience at the Chief’s court, as well as his military training and intelligence background during the struggle for national independence, informed by his considerable political knowledge and acumen; there is a time to speak out and a time to remain silent.