Helliate Rushwaya, a distinguished communications and media training specialist from Zimbabwe, has deep-rooted family connections. She is the niece of prominent Zanu-PF politician and President Emmerson Mnangagwa and the younger sister of Henrietta Rushwaya.
Rushwaya, a qualified broadcast journalist, pursued her academic journey, culminating in an MSc in International Events Management with a focus on Televising Major Events.
Appointment as ZBC Acting CEO
In July 2019, Rushwaya joined the ZBC Board, where she assumed the content, programming, and technical committee chair. Her impactful tenure saw her appointed as the acting Chief Executive Officer in April 2020, succeeding Wisdom Hombarume. Her leadership was instrumental until the subsequent appointment of Adelaide Chikunguru as the substantive CEO in June 2021.
Other Professional Endeavors
With a wealth of experience exceeding two decades, Rushwaya has contributed her expertise to Namibia, the Netherlands, and the United Kingdom media organisations. As a communications and media training specialist, she collaborated with international agencies, including the International Cricket Council (ICC) Television for the ICC Cricket World Cup Qualifiers. In 2014, she served as a project manager for the host broadcaster of the Commonwealth Games in Scotland, overseeing the management and training of television crews that broadcast the live event to 71 countries and territories.
ZBC Chairperson Appointment
On January 11, 2024, President Mnangagwa bestowed upon Helliate Rushwaya the prestigious role of chairperson for the seven-member board of directors at the Zimbabwe Broadcasting Corporation (ZBC). The board, which includes Lewis Uriri, Chipo Nheta, Precious Charandura, Charles Munganasa, Dr. Henry Mukono, and Dr. Nanette Silukhuni, commenced their four-year tenure on January 9, 2024.
Prior to this, Rushwaya was an integral part of the Dr Josaya Tai-led board that faced dismissal due to significant performance, oversight, and corporate governance issues at ZBC. The dismissal was also influenced by inappropriate remarks made by two female television presenters, Farai Juliet Magada and Victoria Manase.