Flamboyant businessman Phillip Chiyangwa and Indigenisation and Economic Empowerment Board national chairman David Chapfika have opened a bank account for Zimbabwean representative to the just-ended Big Brother All-Stars Munyaradzi Chidzonga, to cushion him from the trauma of losing the reality show.
Chidzonga survived a record nine nominations for eviction in 91 days and with each survival, increased his chances of scooping the grand prize of $200 000, only to be disappointed at the last hurdle when Nigerian Uti Nwachuku was declared the winner.
The two were tied on seven country votes and Uti was saved by the “Rest of Africa” vote.
Chidzonga commanded a huge following in Zimbabwe and other African countries.
“We have opened a bank account with CBZ and created a board of trustees for Munya because we believe he was cheated and has been traumatised by the outcome,” said Chiyangwa.
He said they wanted to raise $200 000, or even more, for Chidzonga who was a deserving contestant.
“Let’s give to Caesar what belongs to Caesar and release the shock from him,” said Chiyangwa.
He said the results were doctored if Munya’s record in the house was anything to go by.
“Where there is no hope we must invent hope, thus Pinnacle Holdings does not mind giving Munya a piece of property or even a house to compensate for the traumatic experience,” Chiyangwa said.
The businessman added that they were appealing to the corporate world and Zimbabweans to take part in the initiative.
Chapfika added that shows such as Big Brother required adjudication that was free, fair and transparent because Africa would shy away from such events.
“I have received phone calls from interested individuals who believe the whole show was a fraud thus they wanted to take up this initiative,” said Chapfika.
Chapfika said the initiative was not for Zimbabwe alone but other Africans irked by Big Brother’s partiality.
“We are not happy with the process as it undermines youth empowerment and demoralises the youngsters,” he said.
He said Chidzonga was a hero because of his endurance in the Big Brother house so he had to be rewarded.
Meanwhile, management of the new club in town, Q-bana, said they will host a welcome party for Munya and funds raised will go to the “Diamond Boy”.