|Employer||Zimbabwe Revenue Authority|
|Known for||Being Zimra chairperson|
Willia Bonyongwe is a Zimbabwean farmer and retired economist. She is the former chairperson of the Zimbabwe Revenue Authority. Willia is married to the former Minister of Justice and Parliamentary affairs Happyton Bonyongwe
She is the seventh in a family of nine. Her father was a teacher. She is married and has two children.
In 1975 she started her secondary education at Dadaya High School. In 1981, she enrolled for a degree at the University of Zimbabwe and graduated with a BSc Honours in Economics in 1984. She later obtained a Masters’ degree in Economics in 1989, from the UZ and an MBA in International Banking and Finance from Birmingham University in 1995.
Joining the Second Chimurenga
When she was in Form 3, she posted back her fees and sneaked away with three of her friends to join the liberation struggle. She walked through Mberengwa, Nyamhondo, Gonarezhou to Mozambique. They rested at Mapai where she could have died of malaria. Bonyongwe was unaware of her surroundings for two days; drifting in and out of consciousness. They were then moved in the captured old Dodge trucks to XaiXai. From there they boarded buses Chimoio camp. After security checks, they were sent to Nehanda Camp for women. In an interview she said that she was there during the Chimoio attack on November 23, 1977.
She worked for three years for the Ministry of Labour, Manpower Planning and Social Welfare — Department of Research and Planning. She worked for two years with the Confederation of Zimbabwe Industries (CZI) as an economist and then moved to the FINHOLD Group, now ZB Financial Holdings, as senior economist and rose through the ranks to head the group’s business development unit.
She was later moved to Syfrets Merchant Bank as a corporate finance executive and head of continental capital (a Group Venture Capital Finance Company). After seven years, she moved to the ZIMRE Group for another seven years, rising from group planning and investments manager to managing director of Fidelity Life Asset Management Company (FLAM).
Bonyongwe left formal employment in 2006 to pursue farming, which had started in 1998. She is also the founding chairperson of the Securities and Exchange Commission of Zimbabwe and current chairperson of the Zimbabwe Revenue Authority.
- Bonyongwe: I am never conscious of my gender, Financial Gazette, published: august 17, 2017, retrieved: August 17, 2017