Born on 10 June 1950 David went on to gain a Teachers Certificate(T3) from Kutama Teachers College( 1969-1971) and a Certificate in Education from the University of Zimbabwe in 1986. He then furthered his studies and obtained a Masters degree in Development studies with a specialisation in Labour and Development from the Institute of Social Studies in the Hague, Netherlands in 1993 and a certificate in Negotiation and mediation skills from Africa University in 2019.
David started his career as a teaching and later became a headmaster in t in the Manicaland and Midlands provinces. He later became involved in trade unionism and joined the Rhodesia African Teachers’ Association (RATA) and n 1987, he was appointed the National Training Secretary for the Zimbabwe Teachers Association (ZIMTA. This position took Senator Chimhini around the whole of Zimbabwe, training teachers on their human rights as professionals.
In 1992 he co-founded the Zimbabwe Human Rights Association and was then appointed Executive Director of ZIMRIGHTS in 1995 and the organisation’s membership steadily grew from 3,000 in 1995 to over 14,000 in 1998. Senator Chimhini was a co-author of the book “Breaking The Silence” outlined the atrocities committed under Gukuruhundi and as such took part in the fact finding.
Whilst at ZimRights he was one of the founding members of the National Constitutional Assembly in 1997 and went on to serve on the NCA Board as Taskforce Member representing Human Rights for the next 4 years. In September 1999 I was part of the group from civic society that was instrumental in the formation of the Movement for Democratic Change. He was a member of the interim leadership and served in the management committee before the party’s inaugural congress in January 2000.
He left ZimRights in 1999 and went on to become the first National Coordinator of the MDC. Late in the year 2000 he formed the Zimbabwe Civic Education Trust (ZIMCET), an organisation which is involved in peace building, conflict resolution, human rights awareness and civic education and became its founding Executive Director. Whist working in civic society, I was a board member of the ZESN (Zimbabwe Election Support Network), Centre for Peace Initiatives in Africa and many other organisations.
In March 2008, he contested the Mutasa North seat under the MDC and won comfortably. In 2015 he was appointed as Manicaland Provincial Senator. As a Provincial Chairman for Manicaland Province, he led the most attended demonstration against ZANU (PF) regime in 2016 and was arrested and detained and is still in the Courts for demonstrating against ZANU (PF).
As Provincial Chairman and on behalf of Manicaland Province I received the President’s Merit Award for being the Best Organised Province in the Country.
In May 2020 Senator Chimhini was appointed as Deputy Secretary General of the MDC- A