Oscar Pambuka is a Zimbabwean journalist, entrepreneur, musician and, since May 2019, a religious church founder and self-styled prophet.
In November 2018, following a trial on corruption charges, Pambuka along with co-accused, Psychology Maziwisa was convicted of defrauding the Zimbabwe Power Company of $12,500 in a PR deal. They were sentenced to 6 years and 5 months each in jail but would serve 2 years and 6 months each after the rest of the term was conditionally suspended.
- Oscar Pambuka owns Fruitful Communications together with Zanu-PF politician, Psychology Maziwisa. He founded Oscar Pambuka and Associates, a PR firm which he runs with his wife Nyasha Pambuka. The company was involved in controversy after power company Zesa and Energy Minister Samuel Undenge came under fire for engaging Fruitful Communications to do public relations for Zesa when the power utility has a full-fledged public relations department headed by Mr Fullard Gwasira.
Arrest and Conviction on Corruption Charges
In January 2018, Pambuka was arrested together with Psychology Maziwisa for their involvement with ZESA in a deal which saw ZESA losing tens of thousands of dollars for public relations work through their company Fruitful Communications. Psychology Maziwisa And Oscar Pambuka Arrested
In November 2018, the two were convicted by the courts and were sentenced to 6 years and 5 months each in jail. Effectively however they would serve 2 years, 6 months each after the rest of the term was conditionally suspended.
Pambuka ventured into Zimdancehall music around 2013. Zimdancehall Awards founder Phineas Mushayi appointed Pambuka as the patron of the genre in 2013 and his term in office expired at the end of 2017. He commented on the role:
"As a patron of Zimdancehall my role is to support artists ether morally of financially like what i am doing in sponsoring workshops for artistes-all in a bid to bring sanity and order in the growing industry. "We are holding workshops in ghettos where we drill artistes to be professional and desist from the habit of thriving on unorthodox means such as violence. The workshops are being sponsored by my company-Oscar Pambuka Associates. Our workshops attract stakeholders in showbiz particularly in Zimdancehall such as music promoters among others.
In 2017, Oscar Pambuka has collaborated with several Zimdancehall artists on new release singles,a development which will catapult the veterans broadcast profile. Oscar collaborated with Kinnah aka Mr. Mbare on songs Hukama and Ndaigara ndichishanda with Dj Fantan and with Dj Levels, Oscar recorded Hapana Anotimisa.
Pambuka said he was inspired by Kinnah and he promised to launch an album in October 2017.
Around 2014 Pambuka emerged as the spokesperson of the popular church, PHD Ministries. He said that being a member of the church had changed his life.
I joined PHD Ministries some few years ago after I met Magaya at Joina City and he introduced himself to me before inviting me to his church. Ever since I joined PHD Ministries everything in my life has turned to gold.he said
Oscar Pambuka ran the PR section of Walter Magaya founder ofPh.D. Ministries church. He was the official spokesperson and was linked to the publicity the church got from issues to do with raunchy dancer Beverly Sibanda converting to the church and later announcing she was leaving the church. Pambuka then said Bev was trying to extort money from the church. [Read full article here].
Starting Own Churh
In May 2019, Pambuka founded his own church called Oscar Pambuka Ministries. He announced that he would now be addressed as Prophet Pambuka:
“Good morning to you all…. kindly refer to me as Prophet Pambuka. No retreat, No surrender. My first ever service is on this Sunday in Houghton Park. Some were asking me the name of the ministry. It is called Oscar Pambuka Ministries. Come and see the power of God at work. Bring all the sick and afflicted.
Oscar Pambuka is married to journalist Nyasha Makota and the couple have children - Aisha Nokutenda, a girl and a son Oscar Jnr Tawanda