CCC spokesperson caught up in collapse of businessman’s marriage and love affair
HARARE – Infidelity allegations involving high-profile Harare businessman and Citizens Coalition for Change (CCC) spokesperson Fadzayi Mahere have ended in the collapse of the man’s marriage business after his wife left the marital home with their two young children, Kukurigo can exclusively report.
At the center of the scandal is economist and micro-financier Tinashe Murapata, a prolific economic policy commentator. The successful businessman operates offices on the 15th floor in Joina City from which he runs Leon Business Solutions as Managing Director. The investment holding company has interests in financial services, fintech, outsourcing and gold mining.
A 22-year career, including a senior position at Barclays in the UK, has brought success and its rewards. Murapata, believed to be just over 40, loves the Porsche lifestyle and owns a brick, iron and glass designer home that has been featured in architecture magazines and won design awards.
The champagne lifestyle, which includes a butler, does not appear to have been enough to retain the affection of his heartbroken wife who reportedly found out about the affair after seeing a WhatsApp message from Mahere asking for money. Murapata reportedly explained the request as being related to Mahere’s political campaign, but aroused suspicion by immediately changing the PIN on his device.
Mahere would become a growing feature of Murapata’s life, meeting regularly despite his wife’s protests as rumors of an affair swirled through Harare’s upper classes. Meetings became weekly with treats at Veldemeers, the Arundel café famous for its Belgian sweets, until the businessman started spending nights away from home.
The two reportedly traveled together in a vehicle to the funeral of CCC leader Nelson Chamisa’s mother in Masvingo and slept there under unclear terms.
Friends who spoke to Kukurigo say she left the marital home in February 2021, leaving with the couple’s two children; an infant and a toddler. This was allegedly after an ultimatum demanding he end the relationship was ignored, with Murapata determined to continue with the relationship which he claims is platonic.
“He has denied the relationship with his family and friends because he is keen to protect his reputation,” a source familiar with the developments told Kukurigo.
“There were a lot of fights before she finally moved. Fadzi (Mahere) was actually shopping by Murapata office staff and word spread of the affair, she eventually couldn’t take it anymore and moved out with her two little kids.
Despite the denials, CCC senior management is said to be aware of the relationship. Kukurigo became aware of the allegations and launched investigations on June 9 after Chamisa tweeted a photo of the memorial to Alex Magaisa, a lawyer and prolific political commentator who died in the UK.
They were again pictured together at the June 28 funeral in Njanja. Apparently, having noticed the camera, Mahere keeps a straight face but Murapata seems to be hiding in his hat.
The scandal will bring to light the CCC’s lack of formal structures, a constitution or a code of conduct guiding acceptable standards of ethical and moral conduct. There is effectively no way the party could discipline Mahere.
Mahere and Murapata had not responded to messages seeking comment at the time of publication. Efforts to contact the ex-wife were unsuccessful.
A source close to the developments told Kukurigo that the woman had been threatened with legal action if she revealed the relationship.
“She is deathly afraid of Mahere and has refused to take advice from friends to take legal action despite the evidence she has gathered,” the source said.
Litigant Mahere, whose ruthless behavior earned her the nickname The Iron Lady, is currently embroiled in a three-year legal battle with international trade lawyer and author Dr Petina Gappah.
Gappah defends claims she made that Mahere was incorrectly admitted to the University of Zimbabwe, due to her father’s influence as permanent government secretary, as she did not have the level marks Required because French was not accepted. Gappah also defends claims that she extensively overhauled Mahere’s Cambridge University admissions essay.
The case is pending in the High Court.