Alice Chigumera

Born: 15th May 1965

Harare, Zimbabwe

Date of interview: 31st May 2006

Map showing where Alice Chigumera came from

So you, you left Mozambique for the second time, in what year did you say?

So '97 that's when I was re-called back home, went back to the Minister of Foreign Affairs again and worked in the Protocol Section where I was working. During my time when I was working in Mozambique I met Geoffrey Nyarota from the Nordic/SADC [South African Development Corporation] training journalists and I had some talent in writing and we talked about setting things and he had plans of starting a newspaper which is called the Daily, Daily Newspaper, which is one of the newspapers which was private, started in Zimbabwe, the first private newspaper which was bombed by the present Government and destroyed totally.

When I came back home, I'd invested some money and bought some machines and all that and wanted to be part and parcel of all that and it was, it happened and the paper was started, but I was still working for the Minister of Foreign Affairs, I was married, I had my house in Emerald Hill in Harare and I had my child, Tadiwa, meaning you are so much loved, a girl born on the 17th of September 1997, and still went on ahead and became a shareholder of the Daily newspaper. It was quite a difficult time because working for Government and having shares with the Daily newspaper, which contradicts what most people would say, what Government believes in, which is a public view, which is an open minded newspaper was not okay at that very moment.

So working again in the Protocol Section I was really, I went through hell from 1997 up to the time I was supposed to resign to the year 2000, and it was quite traumatic for me, but I stood by what I wanted, I had my own principles. I wanted to do a lot of things, I had thought there was a lot of things which needed to be done, I'd worked within the system, I knew certain things were not being done and I think I was going to be a voice in everyway and I was forced to resign with no apparent reason.

2000 left Foreign Affairs and started my own company, although I still held on with my shares with the Daily newspaper, I used to write stories with them and mostly, they were not politically affiliated but they had some articles of them that had sort of a powerful voice to say how can, women especially, can stand on their own, even if you are a Government worker.

During the time '97 up to 2000 I was getting invited all over Southern Africa to go and be a speaker about what we call how to communicate in diverse community, because of my background of being a Diplomat and what I'd written in newspapers. I used to travel like to South Africa, Mozambique, Namibia, Botswana, Zambia and all the other places, in to Conferences and do a lot of things. So the year 2000, 2000 in September I resigned from Foreign Affairs, started my company.