Acie Lumumba

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Acie Lumumba
Acie Lumumba
BornAcie Mutumanje Lumumba
Hatfield, Harare
NationalityZimbabwe
EducationHatfield Primary School
Occupation
  • Politician
  • Businessman
  • Media Personality
Political partyZimbabwe African National Union Patriotic Front

Acie Lumumba is a Zimbabwean born politician, businessman and media personality. He is a member of the ruling Zimbabwe African National Union Patriotic Front (ZANU PF) and a radio presenter with Star F.M.

Background

Lumumba was born and raised in the middle-class suburb of Hatfield in Harare in Zimbabwe. He said he was a first-generation Zimbabwean having been born to a Zimbabwean mother and father of Congolese origin.[1] He grew up in a ZANU PF family and left the country at the age of 16 to pursue his studies abroad.[2] He is married to one Priscilla Chigariro- Gessen who is the head of a fashion brand called the Zimbabwe Fashion Week.

Educational Background

Lumumba attended Hatfield Primary School[2] before moving to Prince Edward High School for his secondary education. Whilst at Prince Edward, Lumumba was awarded a scholarship to study in Finland as a result of his outstanding academic performance.[2] He was later transferred to Birmingham King's Norton in the United Kingdom. He then furthered his studies at the London School of Economics and he did a joint programme with Kennedy School of Governance studying public administration and economics.[2]


Political career

Lumumba made headlines when he won the ZANU PF primary elections to contest in the 2013 harmonised elections.[2] He became one of the youngest contestants in the elections at the age of 25. He believed that he was part of the new initiative by the ruling party led by president Robert Mugabe to inject new and young blood into the revolutionary party. He however lost the seat to Tapiwa Mashakada of the Movement for Democratic Change party. In 2009, he was roped in by the ministry of Youth, Indigenisation and Empowerment as special advisor to the then minister Saviour Kasukuwere.[3] In 2012, he was appointed chairman of the Zimbabwe Youth Council Harare province and this allowed him to work closely with members of the community.[2] Lumumba seized the opportunity to set forth his political agenda as he began to amass support at the grassroots level resulting in his victory in the primary elections held in 2013.[2]

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Business Interests and Other Appointments

Lumumba once worked for Citi Group United Kingdom and Boston.[2] In 2008 he moved back to Zimbabwe to take a Job at an international Students organisation IBBAMO where he was leading the African school's tour.[2] In 2009 he worked for Zambian president Rupiah Banda as special adviser on education and youth affairs. In Zimbabwe, he has worked as an investment consultant for companies such as Renaissance Capital LonZim investments and Zimplats. He also founded the Hatfield Trust, a community based organisation which is based in his Hatfield neighbourhood and is is pre-occupied with the need to improve and promote aspects such as education.[2]


Media and Broadcasting

He started his broadcasting career with Star FM, a radio station in Zimbabwe where he was appointed Head of Political Affairs.[2] He held a number of interviews with politicians and analysts about topical issues such as indigenisation, elections, factionalism and succession.[3]

Successes

In a survey conducted by the Zimbabwe Institute of Research in 2014, Lumumba was identified as one of the most influential young people in the country. He also succeeded in airing a radio programme called "The Lumumba Interview" on Star F.M which featured some of the country's popular politicians.[3]

Scandals and Controversy

In 2014, Lumumba was arrested by the police on assault charges. He was alleged to have assaulted a reveller in city pub after a dispute.[4]

Trivia

He was voted as one of Zimbabwe's top 50 influencial young people in 2014 in a survey conducted by the Zimbabwe Institute of Research.[5]

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References

  1. PATRICE MAKOVA, More promises as poll fever grips Zim, The Standard, Published: 21 Jul 2013, Retrieved: 28 Jul 2015
  2. 2.00 2.01 2.02 2.03 2.04 2.05 2.06 2.07 2.08 2.09 2.10 , Acie Lumumba, Published: No date given , Retrieved:16 Dec 2014
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 A. Lumumba, Hon Acie Lumumba, Facebook, Published:12 December 2014, Retrieved:16 December 2014
  4. F. Lupande, Lumumba in Court on Assault Charges "The Herald", published:30 Aug 2014,retrieved:16 Dec 2014"
  5. , 50 Most Influential Young Zimbabweans, "ZBC News Online", published:15 Dec 2014,retrieved:16 Dec 2014"