Interesting facts about Zimbabwe that you never knew. Which one amaze or shock you.
1.There is a man named Mwaitegaro Mutepfa from Manicaland
2.In the 1980’s, demand for teachers was so high that the government had to do “on the spot” teacher training.
3.The set up of paths at the Africa Unity Square resembles the British flag: The Union Jack.
4.President Robert Mugabe won Z$100,000 Zimbabwean Dollars, in a lottery which was drawn by ZimBank now ZB Bank in 2000.
5.Pres RG Mugabe was once knighted by the British Queen and later the knighthood was revoked for alleged human rights violations
6.The word “sanctions” is mentioned 43 times in the ZanuPF manifesto
7. After independence Julius Nyerere told Pres Mugabe “You have inherited Africa’s jewel, take good care of it”
8.Names like Edmore, Lovemore, Loveness, Moreblessing are common in Zimbabwe
9.The ride sharing company called @zimride is named after Zimbabwe after the founder visited the country and saw kombis full with passengers.)
10.Webster Shamu was once a radio DJ during the liberation struggle, going by the name Charles Ndhlovu
11.The criteria for voting in the election of March 1979 was: educational standard, income, worth of property owned. There was “no race discrimination”.
12.The Zimbabwean dollar was introduced in 1980. The exchange rate at the time was $Z1 = US$1.47.
13.Peter Ndlovu was the first African player to play in the English Premier League.
14.Before the national anthem ‘Simudzai Mureza‘ was adopted it was used as a primary school’s choir competition song in 1994.
15.When System Tazvida died, his brother inherited his wife and he died, a band member inherited the band and wife and he also died.
16.Banker Nigel Chanakira co-founded Kingdom Bank when he was 28 years old.
17.The late Safirio Madzikatire once bet his wife at gambling.
18.Mai Sally Mugabe was the first woman to be laid to rest at the National Shrine Heroes Acre.
19.The last major sporting event to be hosted by Zimbabwe was the All Africa Games in 1996.
20.At one point Zimbabwe had 4 television stations: Munhumutapa TV, Joy TV, ZTV 1 and ZTV 2
21.Philip Chiyangwa and friend Peter Pamire financed the bringing of Michael Jackson to Zimbabwe in the 1990’s. This was done through their company called CIA.
22.Joice Mujuru was awarded 100% disability compensation after stating that she lost her taste in the mouth due to the war.
23.After the band Bundu Boys sang the song “Mwari Munodhakwa” lead singer Biggie Tembo passed on shortly after.
24.Man City broke their transfer record when they signed Benjani Mwaruwari.
25.The government was once duped by a traditional healer in to believing that diesel was oozing out of a rock in Chinhoyi.
26.Admire Taderera is brother to the late Katarina (Elizabeth Taderera) of the Mukadota fame.
27.‘Econet’ was named by Dr. Nkosana Moyo and it was an abbreviation for Enhanced Communications Network.
28.Amazulu F.C. was relegated from the PSL after refusing to play on Saturdays. Club owner Delma Lupepe was a Seventh Day Adventist.
29.Zimbabwe has 19 of the 21 vital minerals.
30.Prince Edward School was to be renamed Murenga Boys School after a Njelele high spirit who is said to have assisted in the 1st Chimurenga.
31.Zim has 34 gov. ministries and 10 provincial governors for 14mil people. The UK has 24 ministries for 65mil people.
32.The late Sam Levy owned Ximex Mall before he sold it to NSSA who then razed it down and turned it into a car park.
33.On his hit single Tauyanaye, David Chifunyise featured his future wife and the young Sniper Storm then spelt as Cnyper.
34.Gwanda got its first set of traffic lights in January of 2016. The first ever traffic lights in Matebeleland South were installed in Beitbridge in 2011.
35.It is a breach of Zimbabwean law to sell products bearing the colours of the national flag.
36.As part of etiquette to the Zimbabean flag, it should never touch the ground. When it gets torn it should be disposed in a dignified way.
37.In 2005 Operation Murambatsvina was effected. Locals called Tsunami. NGO’s estimated that over 700K people became unemployed as a result.
38.Reserve Bank governor Dr. John Mangudya is the only governor since independence still to have his signature and name on a currency.
39.Since 1993 the Warriors have been on a downward spiral from 46 to 131 now on the FIFA rankings. 78 is their average position.
40.Every government minister upon assuming office is given at least 2 vehicles by the state.
41.Pungwe River in Manicaland is believed to be sacred and people have seen trees with the anatomy of a woman along its banks.
42.The most expensive street legal car registered in Zim is Frank Buyanga’s Bentley Mulsane.
43.Chitekete by Leonard Dembo was one used as a theme song for the Miss World pageant in Botswana.