Commissioner Dr Joseph Kurebwa is a Commissioner at the Zimbabwe Human Rights Commission (ZHRC). He joined the Commission at its inception in March 2010. He chairs the Commission’s Thematic Working Group on Civil and Political Rights.
Born on 11 May 1966, Commissioner Kurebwa attended Chatikobo Primary and Secondary Schools and Chivi High School in Masvingo Province. He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree (BA), a Bachelor of Science Honours degree (BSc) in Political and Administrative Studies, and a Master of Science degree (MSc) in International Relations and a PhD from the University of Zimbabwe.
Dr Kurebwa was appointed lecturer in the Department of Political and Administrative Studies at the University of Zimbabwe in 1996. He is currently a Senior Lecturer in the same department but he has also previously served as the chairperson of the department. His areas of research interest include political theory, international relations and governments.
Prior to joining the University of Zimbabwe, Dr Kurebwa taught at various schools in Masvingo, Midlands and Harare provinces.
Commissioner Kurebwa is also a political consultant with extensive experience in the areas of political violence, elections, parliamentary reform and economic sanctions. He has published a book titled The Politics of Economic Sanctions on Rhodesia (Zimbabwe) 1965 to 1979 and his upcoming work is on the liberation struggle and self-rule in Zimbabwe.
Commissioner Kurebwa is married with two children and is also a farmer.