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Daniel Chingoma is a Zimbabwean entrepreneur and musician. He is the founding director of Taisek Engineering (PVT) Ltd. Chingoma is known for making a helicopter named the Zimcopter which was barred from flying. In 2010, Chingoma formed a political party called the Zimbabwe Industrial and Technological Revolutionary Party (ZITER).
In 2013 he released his second album “Are You Serious”. The six track album which was released in August 2013 by Last Power Media and contained tracks such as “Njike Njike”, “Nhamo”, “Mhondoro yemvura” and “Ngoma Yemafaro”.
Chingoma designed a helicopter in 2003 which he claimed flew from the ground although he had no documentation to prove it. He built the helicopter from scrap metal and a car engine.The helicopter had a Lexus V8 engine, side mirrors from a Hilux bakkie and a tobacco thermometer in the cockpit. In 2009 he built a second version of the Zimcopter which the Civil Aviation Authority of Zimbabwe would not let in the air either.
Forming Political Party
In 2010, Chingoma formed a political party called the Zimbabwe Industrial and Technological Revolutionary, which he claimed would appeal to intellectuals. He deliberately targeted public toilets throughout the country where he put up his posters and campaign messages. His belief, he said, was that everyone used the toilet and so they presented a good advertising opportunity since he said never got an opportunity to advertise on television and radio.
In June 2013, Chingoma and his wife were convicted and sentenced by Harare magistrate Musaiona Shortgame to 18 months in jail for fraud involving $2 300.
However, eight months of the sentence was suspended for five years on condition the two were not convicted of a similar crime within that period and another 10 months on condition that they paid restitution to the complainant, Stella Marimbire. The court heard that sometime in August 2009, Chingoma and his wife promised the complainant that they would drill a borehole at her house.
After receiving payment, they however failed to fulfill their part of the bargain and started giving excuses to the complainant. It was then that Marimbire decided to make a police report, leading to the arrest of the couple.
Living in Harare Showgrounds
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- Daniel Chingoma convicted of fraud, NewsDay, pubished: June 26, 2013, retrieved: July 7, 2017
- Chingoma is back, Herald, published: September 2, 2013, retrieved: July 7, 2017
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