Senior Management

Christopher Kudakwashe Manyowa

Managing Director

Christopher Kudakwashe Manyowa is the Managing Director of First Mutual Properties. He is responsible for charting the strategic direction of the business ensuring value preservation and growth. Chris is a seasoned professional with more than 25 years’ experience in town planning, property management, formulation and management of projects, valuations, property investment analysis including acquisitions and disposal of properties. He is also an active member of the Real Estate Institute of Zimbabwe and Zimbabwe Institute of Regional & Urban Planners.

Chris started his working career as a Town Planner in the Public Service and Municipal governments, then later qualified as a Registered Estate Agent and Property Valuer. He then left employment Public service employment to join National Real Estate. He is the former Head of Property Development for Old Mutual Property where he served for seven and half years before joining Pearl Properties as General Manager Property Services, a position he held for 5 years before his appointment as Managing Director.

Chris holds a BSc Rural & Urban Planning Honours Degree as well as a Master’s degree in Business Administration (MBA), both from the University of Zimbabwe.

Oyster Real Estate Profile

Chris is the Principal Registered Estate Agent for Oyster Real Estate, with the overall responsibility of managing client portfolio and the trust account. Chris is a seasoned professional with more than 25 years’ experience in property management, formulation and management of projects, valuations, property investment analysis including acquisitions and disposal of properties. Chris is a Registered Estate Agent and Property Valuer and an active member of the Real Estate Institute of Zimbabwe and Zimbabwe Institute of Regional & Urban Planners.

Chris holds a BSc Rural & Urban Planning Honours Degree as well as a Master’s degree in Business Administration (MBA), both from the University of Zimbabwe.

Ruvimbo Chimedza

Head of Finance

Ruvimbo has more than 8 years experience in audit and accounting and she joined the company in November 2014 from Ernst & Young (EY) Chartered Accountants, Zimbabwe. She has primary responsibilities over the financial reporting and management and mobilising funding for new developments.

She is a holder of a Bachelor of Accounting Sciences degree from UNISA and is a Chartered Accountant (CA) (Z)

John Ndere

Senior Property Manager

John is an experienced Valuer/Property/Facilities Manager with more than 10 years hands on experience with a number of companies which GMP Real Estate, Crusader Real Estate, ZB Bank (former Intermarket Building Society) and Net One Cellular (Pvt) Ltd.

He is Valuer on the Master of High Court of Zimbabwe panel of valuers. He is also an Examiner for the Real Estate Institute of Zimbabwe.

John is currently studying towards an MSc. in Facilities Management with the College of Estate Management (In conjunction with the UoR (UK).

Esward Munyangadzi

Property Valuer

Esward is the Property Valuer and has more than 21 years’ experience in real estate and is responsible for the valuation of client’s property portfolios, residential and commercial property sales, property leasing and the acquisition of properties for First Mutual Properties.

He started off his career from Knight Frank Zimbabwe where he was a Senior Valuer (land and buildings). Prior to Knight Frank he was involved in residential property management/maintenance with Purkis Real Estate and mass valuations for rating valuation purposes with Rating Valuers (Private) Limited.

He is currently studying towards an MSc in Property Investment with the University College of Estate Management (In conjunction with the University of Reading (UK).

Tafadzwa Andrew Muzorewa

Project Investments Manager

Tafadzwa has over 10 years’ experience in property finance and investments, of which 8 years have been in management and leadership roles. As Property Investments Manager, he is responsible for identifying, analysing, and appraising property investment opportunities, including acquisitions, brownfield and greenfield developments, with an emphasis on constructing an optimally performing property portfolio, while also developing project plans, investment structures and funding options to ensure successful implementation of acquisitions and developments.

He hold a BSc Accounting & Finance (UK) and is currently studying towards an MSc in Real Estate Finance and Investment with the University of West England (UK).

Michael Ruwende

Projects and Maintenance Manager

Michael has primary responsibility over the management of property developments , redevelopment projects  and property portfolio maintenance and his brief include the communication, status reporting, risk management and ensuring that all projects being undertaken by the company are delivered within budget, specified quality and on time.

He holds an MBA in Construction and Real Estate from University of Reading (UK) and Bachelor of Quantity Surveying Honours degree (NUST). In addition he holds a Post Graduate Diploma in Project Management from the College of Estate Management in the United Kingdom.