|Born||January 25, 1965|
|Alma mater||University of Derby, UK|
|Employer||Altfin Life Assurance|
|Known for||Being Mayor of Harare|
|Spouse(s)||Fran (nee Mukura)|
Bernard Manyenyeni is a Zimbabwean business executive, politician and MDC-T member. As a business, his career spans over 25 years in the financial services sector largely managing group pension funds. He was the Mayor of Harare from 2013 to 2018. Manyenyeni was succeeded by Herbert Gomba in 2018.
Manyenyeni first did his primary education at St Clare’s Primary School Murewa before moving to Murehwa Central Primary School and the later Bindura Salvation Army Primary School in Bindura. He did his secondary education at St Ignatius College and later Marlborough High School.
- Sales and Reservations Assistant at Air Malawi Limited from March 1985 to August 1985.
- Junior Account Executive at Old Mutual Limited Group Pensions from September 1985 to July 1990.
- Senior Broker at Zimbabwe Insurance Brokers Limited from Aug 1990 to May 1998.
- Divisional Manager in May 1998 and then Operations Director June 1999 at AON Zimbabwe.
- In August 2003 he joined GP2 Asset Management as the Marketing Director. He then became Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer in October 2004. The company shut down in 2005.
- He is currently the General Manager and Principal Officer of Altfin Life Assurance Company.
Mayor of Harare
In 2013 he was the councillor of Mount Pleasant. In September 2013 he was elected Mayor of Harare for a 5-year term beating Zanu-PF's Musatye Gwasira by a margin of 31 votes. He succeeded Muchadeyi Masunda.
Suspension from mayor position
In 2016 he was the subject of suspension from the position of mayor, arrest and rearrest at the instigation of Minister of Local Government, Saviour Kasukuwere and Jonathan Moyo. He was accused of various offenses, among them the alleged unprocedural appointment of former NMB Bank chief executive James Mushore as the city’s town clerk by the Resolution of Council.
His victimization stemmed from an inter-party between MDC-T and Zanu-PF over the key post of Harare Town Clerk. Manyenyeni challenged the suspension at the High Court. Manyenyeni sought the nullification of the suspension and for the court to bar Minister Kasukuwere from interfering with his operations as Mayor of Harare.
Manyenyeni also approached the high court and argued that the minister was abusing the legal process by splitting charges against him so that each time his suspension period expired, he would suspend him again. If this was allowed, he argued, the Minister could suspend him indefinitely through periodic renewals of the suspension with fresh charges being brought against him on each occasion. The judge agreed with the Mayor and revoked the second suspension .
Turning down honorary degree
Harare Mayor Bernard Manyenyeni turned down an honorary doctorate degree from Dubai based Dubai Leadership Summit.
Speaking to the Daily News, Manyenyeni said:
I knew my turn would surely come. I spent the last few years laughing when people were receiving these dubious degrees, so I will not accept it now. An honorary degree is an honour when it’s coming out of a proper institution, it is earned out of service but these degrees are a mockery to Zimbabwe.
- Innocent Ruwende, Manyenyeni suspended, The Herald, Published:21 April 2016, Retrieved: 21 April 2016
- Alex Magaisa, Welcome to the “rule of law”: made in Zimbabwe, Alex Magaisa, Published: 29 June 2016, Retrieved:5 July 2016
- Innocent Ruwende and Ivan Zhakata, Manyenyeni arrested, The Herald, Published:30 June 2016, Retrieved5 July 2016
- Fungai Lupande, Court frees Manyenyeni, The Herald, Published:2 July 2016, Retrieved:5 July 2016
- Farayi Machamire, Harare Mayor snubs "bogus" degree, Daily News, published: May 10, 2017, retrieved: May 10, 2017