Philip Chiyangwa (born 3 February 1959) is a Zimbabwe African National Union Patriotic Front member, businessman, actor, socialite and controversial personality in Zimbabwe. Known as 'Mkoma Fidza' by many, Chiyangwa has interests in several companies and businesses in Property Development, Tourism, Agriculture and Transport. Nephew to Robert Mugabe, Chiyangwa is the founder of a Black Empowerment Initiative, The Amalgamated Action Group (AAG) all empowerment initiatives that he is considered to have been a major beneficiary of. Chiyangwa story is of defying the odds by rising from a low income background to become a millionaire. Chiyangwa is also the founder and chairman of Native Investments Africa Group, which is the investment company his various businesses interests fall under. In 2013, Chiyangwa was the Main Anchor on the My Own Boss Reality Business TV Show
Chiyangwa was born to Divaris Makaharis and Marita Mandivenga on the 3rd of February 1959 in Chegutu. He was born in a family of 14 in which he was the 7th. He was married to Elizabeth since 1986 and the two had two children, Trevor and Jayden. Chiyangwa has said that his mother was a vegetable street vendor. His father was a restrictee who spent time in detention at Whawha prison and Gonakudzingwa. Chiyangwa has said he was a vegetable vendor himself at some point.
Chiyangwa has said his first job was working as a garden boy for an elderly Portuguese family that had abandoned Mozambique when Samora Machel took over power.
Chiyangwa later worked at Dunlop Zimbabwe as an Industrial Engineering, Assisted and Work Study Trainee.. He also later worked for Willowvale Mazda Motor Industries and Van Leah in the early 80s.
For his tertiary education Chiyangwa has said he attended Universal College in Highfield and did bookkeeping, elementary, intermediate and advanced certificates in 1976. In 1977, he did Accounting Machines (NCR and Burroughs) at Commercial Cotcers College, (now Zdeco). He also did an advanced diploma in accounting. Chiyangwa has said he did accounting and book keeping for a lot of black business people and this also inspired him to go into business.
Chiyangwa's first business was Phids Electric Sounds, a disco that Chiyangwa has said became very popular in Chitungwiza. He ended up managing some artists like Hosea Chipanga and the Erosion Band. Eventually Chiyangwa went into boxing promotion and was manager for Proud Kilimanjaro Chinembiri (a champion boxer at that time), Gilbert Josamu, Ambrose Mlilo, and Langton Tinago.
During the 80s he formed Commercial Industrial Agency (CIA), which was a stationery and furniture business. Chiyangwa has said in 1984 he was manufacturing his own furniture.
In the 90s Chiyangwa became the first black person to have a betting license. He has said of this development:
"...the whites were after me. They wanted no black person in that industry. I was minting money; I had 43 branches throughout the country and employed more than 183 people. Mashonaland and Matabeleland Turf Clubs were after me, man. They were white-dominated and there were an enclave of classic white racists, diabolic and protective of their interests. They spent three years fighting me. Suddenly, I was fighting all white people because I had gotten deep into their enclave. I touched their raw nerve and white law firms came after me big time. Some blacks are apologetic to the whites because they don’t know these people. Most of them are coconuts for the whites to crush and eat. For whites to respect you, you must know that you are black, good and equal and as hungry for money as them."
This clash with white people, Chiyangwa has said, is what inspired him to form the Affirmative Action Group together with the late Peter Pamire.
Chiyangwa is the founder and chairman of Native Investments Africa Group. The company has various subsidiaries in the property, manufacturing, construction, hospitality, travel and tourism industries. Such companies include ZECO Holdings, Pinnacle Holdings and Tsivo Holdings.
Chiyangwa appeared in a Zimbabwean movie The Gentleman in which he starred as Mr. Rogers.
In late 2004, it was reported by Zimbabwean state television that Chiyangwa had been arrested on charges of obstructing the course of justice by trying to prevent the arrest of two ENG Capital directors Nyasha Watyoka and Gilbert Muponda accused of defrauding investors of billions of dollars (60 billion Zimbabwean dollars, which was equivalent to about US $73 million at the official rate. The official rate was known to be unrealistic - See Zimbabwe Hyperinflation)
Chiyangwa was reportedly also investigated for externalising foreign currency in 2005.
Between last 2004 and 2005 it was reported that Chiyangwa and several ZANU-PF politicians whose whereabouts had been a mystery for a certain period, had actually been taken into custody by state security agents on allegations of espionage. The other politicians were Kenny Karidza, then the ZANU-PF deputy security chief, Godfrey Dzvairo, and Tendai Matambanadzo.
Expulsion from ZANU-PF
In February 2006, Chiyangwa was expelled from the ZANU-PF political party under unclear circumstances. It was reported though that this was linked to his arrest and allegations of espionage against him in late 2004. Around this time, Chiyangwa also expressed that he was retiring from politics.
Extra Marital Affairs
In 2014, the media reported that Chiyangwa who allegedly had many sexual relationships with numerous girlfriends was spending over US$50,000 for his lovers upkeep. It was also alleged that on average The business tycoon was having 3 to 5 children per year with these women. It was also alleged that most of the kids do not have birth certificates. Additionally, Chiyangwa allegedly is reluctant to use protection when he sleeps with the women.
In 2014, Chiyangwa came under spotlight for releasing videos of himself boasting of his wealth. This led many to question his sanity. The videos went viral on social networks such as Facebook. In the videos, he boasts of his expensive cars and luxury lifestyle.
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- Philip Chiyangwa losing his mind?, 'Nehanda Radio', Published: 22 Jan 2014