The late Florence Ziumbe

Top Harare lawyer Florence Ziumbe dies

PROMINENT Harare lawyer Florence Ziumbe has died.

Ziumbe was a corporate lawyer and a partner for Ziumbe and Mutambanengwe law firm. She also sat on boards of several institutions.

Ziumbe was the founding president of the Professional Women, Women Executives and Business Women’s Forum (PROWEB).

“The Law Society of Zimbabwe (LSZ) would like to advice members that it has learnt with sadness of the sudden passing on of Florence Ziumbe. Ziumbe reportedly passed on this afternoon (Monday). Details will be provided as they become available.

“The LSZ Council and Secretariat extends its sincere condolences to Ziumbe’s family, friends and colleagues on this very sad loss,” LSZ said.

Nonprofit organization Tererai Trent International (TTI) Foundation, which Ziumbe chaired, mourned her passing in a statement seen by HourlyHits.

“It is with deep sadness that we inform you of the passing of our Board Chair, Mrs. Florence Ziumbe. Florence’s contribution to TTI is immeasurable and she will be sorely missed. Our thoughts and prayers are with her family during this very difficult time,” said TTI.

PROWEB president, Dvine Ndhlukula said: “It is with deep sadness that I inform you of the passing on of (Florence) Ziumbe. Florence was the visionary and founding president of PROWEB. Our hearts go to Florence’s family during this difficult time.”

Ziumbe was born and raised in rural Nyazura, from where she rose to become on of the best corporate lawyers in Zimbabwe.

“I am a rural girl. I grew up in the village, holding the plough behind a span of oxen. I cannot pretend to have some fancy tastes. I still love the rural food like nyimo (roundnuts) and sadza with offal,” she told media in a recent interview.

“When I look up into the sky, I not only admire the beauty of the Lord’s majesty, but I also yearn to reach for the stars and dwell among them and have the eagle’s view over all the earth. I want this for myself and for every woman out there who dares to dream and live in the reality of their dreams.”

Ziumbe was married and leaves behind two daughters and a son.

“When I get home then I am a mother and a wife. That is what my family will be expecting and it would be unreasonable and unfair to make them put up with anything else,” she previously said, explaining how she managed to juggle her personal and her professional roles.

Ziumbe has sat on more than 40 boards including those of Zimbabwe Electricity Supply Authority (ZESA) and Cottco and at one stage chaired the Financial Gazette board.

She has also sat on several boards including Redstar, Pelhams, Afribank and also served as deputy chairperson of the State Procurement Board before its reconfiguration to the Procurement and Regulatory Authority of Zimbabwe. – HOURLYHITS.COM

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  1. Do they say speak no ill of the dead? Truth be known out there!
    To the Ziumbe family who benefitted from Florences dodgy and crooked ways of gaining wealth, they will miss her. To me and my family, Florence ZIUMBE will always represent the true personification of Evil and betrayal of friendship and trust, including the use of the Gospel to lure and ensnare unsuspecting victims such as me. She used her so-called legal intelligence to cheat me out of my life savings to buy her a brand new PAJERO back in 1999 with amazing accessories which she and NOAH demanded, and other household goods and effects that were shipped to them at their behest from Australia. In exchange, Florence convinced me that since I was a single mum with no home, she could buy me a 3 bedroomed house in Mt. Pleasant which I could occupy upon returning to Zimbabwe. Needless to say, I had to engage other lawyers to get even the basic minimum refund.
    Florence, with the help of her partner MUZANGAZA, fully aware that they were not attesting to the truth, signed affidavits stating that she acknowledged receiving the PAJERO and the listed household goods and effects BUT that I was paying a debt for fees that she had paid on my behalf, She made up a name of a brother who didn’t exist, for whom she allegedly educated in the UK! Anyone interested can read the matter in the High Court cases.
    Florence stooped so low that her conduct in this matter was nothing short of abusive. When I saw your article I realised that I still hurt but suddenly I let go because I realised that this crooked human being is now in the right place. She cannot harm or still from another person.
    She should be underground and NEVER NEVER BE MISSED.

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