Retired Colonel Mhakayakora is a holder of a Bachelor of Architecture (Honours) Degree. He had a distinguished career in the Zimbabwe National Army where he rose to the rank of Colonel and was appointed Director of Defence Buildings and Estates. He is currently the Principal Director in the Ministry of Public Works. He is a council member of the National University of Science and Technology and also sits on the Advisory Committee of the Great Zimbabwe University. He chairs the Human Resources Committee of the Board.