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l Simba Herbert Stanlely Makoni was born on March 23 1950.
l He attained a Bachelor of Science (Honours) degree in chemistry and zoology from Leeds University in the UK.
l He attained a PhD in medical chemistry from Leicester Polytechnic in the UK in 1978.
l At 30, he was appointed the youngest government minister in President Robert Mugabe's first post-independence government.
l He held various ministerial posts between 1980 and 1984.
l In 1984, he left government after he was appointed executive secretary of the Southern African Development Coordination Community, forerunner to the current SADC.
l He left SADC in 1993.
l In 1994, he was appointed chief executive officer of the state-controlled Zimbabwe Newspapers Group.
l He was dismissed from Zimbabwe Newspapers in 1997 after he clashed with veteran journalist and Mugabe's relative Charles Chikerema.
l He is the managing director of Makonsult, a business development firm that focuses on regional investment and trade, political risk analysis and regional and international development cooperation.
l In 1997, Makoni re-entered active politics when he was elected a committee member of the ruling Zanu-PF provincial executive in Manicaland province.
l He was appointed finance and economic development minister in 2000.
l In a veiled attack on Makoni in 2002, Mugabe branded the minister and those advocating for devaluation of the Zimbabwe dollar "enemies of the state".
l He resigned from government in August 2002 after he differed with the government over the direction of the economy.
l On January 21 2008, Mugabe summoned Makoni to State House after widespread media reports that the former finance minister wanted to break away from Zanu-PF
l On February 5 2008, Makoni announced he would stand against Mugabe in presidential elections on March 29. - ZimOnline