|Radio Show Presenter, Businesswoman
|September 15, 1988
|Bachelor of Arts Degree in Media, Writing and Political Science, Diploma in Marketing
|University of Cape Town
|Radio Show Presenter
Master of Ceremony (MC)
|Talk show hosting
|David Parirenyatwa (Father)
Choice Parirenyatwa (Mother)
|Tichafa Samuel Parirenyatwa
Ruvheneko Parirenyatwa is a Zimbabwean radio personality, Master of Ceremony (MC) and a youth activist known mostly for her hard-hitting interviews with guests on her former radio show with ZiFM Stereo. Ruvheneko hosted her own self-titled show on YouTube which resumed in June 2019.
She is also former ZiFM Stereo Programming Manager. She briefly worked for Zimpapers as Projects Manager for the company's Radio Broadcasting Division, a stint she later referred to as a mistake as she had chosen "security over destiny".
In her career, she has interviewed both local, international business, political and entertainment leaders. Ruvheneko Parirenyatwa is the daughter of politician and medical doctor, David Parirenyatwa and the grandchild of liberation war hero Tichafa Parirenyatwa.
Ruvheneko was born on 15 September 1988.
On 5 March 2022, Ruvheneko Parirenyatwa revealed that she was pregnant with her first child.
High School - Chisipite Senior School
She graduated with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Media, Writing and Political Science at the University of Cape Town (UCT) in South Africa. She also successfully completed her Diploma in Marketing at the same university.
She also studied International Relations with the University of Zimbabwe between 2016 and 2018.
She told the court that she and her estranged husband had lost love for each other and there were no prospects of reconciliation. The two married out of community of property in Harare on the 19th of April 2014. The two did not have any children together.
Ruvheneko claims that she launched her career whilst she was a student at UCT. She joined the university's radio station when she was in her second year as the Current Affairs Talk Show host. From then onwards, Ruvheneko began to rise from obscurity. In November 2013, she was nominated to participate in the Africa Leadership Project which was to be launched in 2014 together with Psychology Maziwisa, Tawanda Mutyebere and Carl Joshua Ncube amongst other prominent Zimbabweans under 40. She was the MC at the Miss Zimbabwe 2014 pageant.
In November 2016, Ruvheneko resigned from ZiFM Stereo,as she cited that it was a frustrating workplace hence she had to leave. Earlier in the year, she had clashed with her employer after she suggested on Twitter that a guest had been imposed on her talk show program where she was interviewing Evan Mawarire.
Her exit from the ZBC was kept a closely-guarded secret, but the journalist let the cat out of the bag in July 2020 after learning that the Zimpapers-owned CapiTalk – from which she was sacked in 2018 – had suspended its head of content Nyaradzo Makombe over a programme which censors did not approve. In 2021, Ruvheneko returned on ZBC as the host of the talkshow The Link.
Ruvheneko is the Deputy Chairperson of the Harare Youth Council, an organisation which advances the plight of youths in Zimbabwe. Ruvheneko dismissed the allegation that she has been tyrannised by her father in as far as her political affiliation is concerned.
Alleged Elections Campaign
In February 2018, it was alleged that Ruvheneko was campaigning for a Harare East Parliament Seat as a candidate for the National People’s Party (NPP) which is led by former Vice President Joice Mujuru. She, however, dismissed the claims.
I have come across a campaign poster on social media which falsely alleges that I am running for the position of Member of Parliament for the Harare East constituency under the National People’s Party. It is fake news. I categorically state that I do not work with or for the NPP and that I am not running for any political seat in the 2018 election. I have spoken to the NPP’s secretary general, Mr Gift Nyandoro, who reassured me that the hoax did not originate with them. If and when I am running for public office, it will not be a debate about whether or not it is true because I will announce my candidacy clearly through my own and other official channels. Sadly, we may never know who did this, but I have my suspicions. Either way, it is untrue and no one should continue to spread this lie.
In March 2018 Grain Millers Association of Zimbabwe chairman, Tafadzwa Musarara appeared before the High Court of Zimbabwe seeking for Ruvheneko Parirenyatwa's arrest. It was reported that in 2016, Parirenyatwa wrote on her twitter that she had not invited Musarara to her show when she interviewed Evan Mawarire. The public then attacked Musarara who then applied for a defamation lawsuit. It was reported that Parirenyatwa pleaded with Masarira and promised him a public apology and the two signed a deed of settlement. Parirenyatwa, however, did not hold up her end of the bargain. Businessman Wants Ruvheneko Parirenyatwa Arrested For Not Apologising
- Parirenyatwa Hospital (the largest in Harare) is named after her grandfather, Zimbabwe's liberation war hero Tichafa Samuel Parirenyatwa.
- She ranked 23 amongst the 100 chosen, most Influential People in Zimbabwe under 40 in 2014.
- She is also a businesswoman and she owns a shop which is situated at the Harare International Airport.
- Silence Charumbira, Ruvheneko: Zim radio’s Iron Lady, "NewsDay", published:20 Nov 2014,retrieved:2 February 2015"
- Prudence Muganiwah, Star Profile : Ruvheneko Parirenyatwa, The Standard, Published:15 Jun 2014, Retrieved:2 February 2015
- Ruvheneko, Kasukuwere’s Daughter Divorce Hubbies , NewZimbabwe.com, Published: April 21, 2021, Retrieved: April 21, 2021
- Admire Kudita, Ruvhi makes a name for herself, "Southern Eye", published:29 Jun 2014,retrieved:2 February 2015"
- Walter Chimene, Young Zimbabweans Nominated for African Leadership Project, Zimba Blog, Published:1 Nov 2013, Retrieved:2 February 2015
- Ruvheneko Parirenyatwa lashes out after she is fired by ZBC, ZimLive, Published: July 2, 2020, Retrieved: April 21, 2021
- Ruvhi Parirenyatwa Tells Horror Train Crash Story, "Zimbo Jam", published:27 Mar 2014, retrieved:2 February 2015"