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Acie Lumumba Bounces Back on Radio

Acie Lumumba was born Lumumba William Gerald Mutumanje on 29 September 1988,he has 6 siblings. He grew up in a family that strongly supports Zanu PF and left the country at the age of 16 to pursue his studies abroad. It was reported that Lumumba had a son at 21 years and he grew up in Epworth.

The truthfulness of his name has been doubted in Zimbabwe with some claiming he changed his name from just William Mutumanje to benefit from the association of Congolese Pan-Africanist Patrice Lumumba. However, Lumumba’s own accounts of his childhood differ. An example is a media report in the Standard of 21 July 2013 where he was reported to have indicated that he was born in Hatfield.

The same report indicates he is a first-generation Zimbabwean having been born to a Zimbabwean mother and father of Congolese origin. In 2016, Lumumba reported that he later discovered that the man he grew up knowing as his father was actually a stepfather and that his real father was a man from Chivi in Masvingo.

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

Lumumba made headlines when he won the Zanu-PF primary elections in the 2013 harmonized elections. He became one of the youngest contestants in the elections at the age of 25.

He was reported to have said that 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 brought in by the ministry of Youth, Indigenisation and Empowerment as special advisor to the then minister Saviour Kasukuwere. 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.

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. – Pindula News

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