Fungai Chiposi
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Born (1973-10-01) October 1, 1973 (age 48)
Mbare
NationalityZimbabwean
CitizenshipZimbabwe
OccupationProffessional Photographer
Known for1,000km across country walk raising awareness on littering
Spouse(s)Norah Kazembe
ChildrenMunashe, Melusi, Tadiwa and Ryan


Fungai Chiposi is a Zimbabwean politician, photographer and activist who was an aspiring Independent Member of Parliament for Southerton Constituency in Harare in the July 2018 elections. He is also the Founder of the Proudly Zimbabwean Foundation, Co-Founder of Citizens Zimbabwe. In March 2022, Chiposi contested in the Kambuzuma Constituency by-election as an MDC Alliance candidate and lost.

Background

Born: 1 October 1973 at Edith Opperman Clinic in Mbare. He left Mbare for Chitungwiza in 1979.

School / Education

Primary education: Chinembiri Primary School in 1981. Secondary education: Harare SDA School where he wrote his O-Levels. He then went to Harare High School and picked a very At advanced level Fungai pursued Mathematics, Economics, and Accounts.

After his A-Levels, he started helping out his mother at Mbare Msika where they had a stall selling artefacts to tourists.

Service/Career

In 1995, he was employed by CW Stores as a Credit clerk. He joined an internal program called TEDCO University. One of his papers led to the creation of Kumali Stores.

He was promoted to CW Mutare as an Acting Branch Manager, becoming the youngest branch Manager in the company. He left CW Mutare for CEFRA Engineering. After 2 years, he left CEFRA and came back to Harare where he joined Desired Office Furniture run by 3 friends who included Edmore Sakarombe. He also trained as a model with Silhouette Studios run by Paxina Kalulu. Upon leaving Desired Office Furniture, he teamed up with John Chiganga and started a company selling office furniture and doing office partitions. They put up partitions on the 17th Floor of ZB Towers. Fungai eventually left for South Africa where he spent a terrible month in Dube, Soweto with the family of a friend.

Upon his return, he worked with Mr Chidavaenzi at Development and Training Associates and coordinated Kadoma Secretaries Annual Convention. Working closely with Lina Makuzha, he launched the Secretaries Annual Handbook.

He later joined his uncle Endiby Makope who was a self-trained corporate photographer. After learning photography, he taught himself designing before going into photography on his own until 2013. He covered numerous weddings and corporate events during this time.

In the 2022 By-Elections, (see Zimbabwe By-elections (March_2022)) Kambuzuma returned to Parliament:

Events

Activism

In 2008, Fungai founded Proudly Zimbabwean group on Facebook and eventually registered it as a Non-Profit in 2011. With guidance of PZF Chairman, Dr Joseph Kanyekanye and Godfrey Pasipanodya, Dave Emberton and Devine Ndhlukula (board of trustees) the organization put up bins in Harare CBD and conducted clean-ups across the country.

In 2014, Fungai walked for 1 000km across the country raising awareness about litter. He did the walk after noticing that the tightening economy would mean drying up of support from the corporate sector, which had hitherto supported the foundation.

The walk began in Plumtree, proceeded to Bulawayo, Gweru, Shurugwi, Mandamabwe, Masvingo, Birchenough Bridge, Mutare, Rusape, Marondera and finally Harare. Fungai interacted with more than 1 800 citizens during the walk. He was walking solo and being sheltered by well-wishers on the way. Bin-it Zimbabwe was a flagship program of Proudly Zimbabwean Foundation. The foundation sought to give citizens a sense of ownership of public infrastructure in their communities.

He worked briefly with Karen Mutasa at Jason Moyo project and also co-ordinated Colour Spekes project under the guidance of Louise Bragge. In 2016 he co-founded Citizens Zimbabwe with Duduzile Nyirongo and a group of other friends. The trust seeks to create an empowered, active and responsible citizenry.

Controversies

In October 2013, Rumbidzai Audrey Muzondo reportedly lost her job for refusing Fungai Chiposi's advances. She also lost a car.

Muzondo was Chiposi's deputy at Proudly Zimbabwean Foundation. Chiposi denied making advances on his employee although he acknowledged that she screamed while she was in his office, drawing the attention of people close by. He said she was dismissed for her unprofessional conduct after she screamed in his office. [1]

Manifesto

Fungai Chiposi Manifesto

Further Reading

  1. Woman lose job, car for refusing workplace romance with boss, Bulawayo24, Published: October 2, 2013, Retrieved: April 7, 2022