Francis Chingono Obituary

FRANCIS CHINGONO – 23 APRIL 1962 – 4 OCTOBER 2023. Francis joined Tanganda Tea Company as Training & Development Manager on 1 July 1998 and rose to the executive position of Group Human Resources Manager. He trained many people in various professional development courses and helped raise the company’s knowledge base.

He was extremely versatile and able to train both entry-level employees to senior executives including directors. He fulfilled this role with distinction. He was a strong proponent of food baskets whenever the economic situation became difficult until during 2007 / 8 he was nicknamed ‘Mr. Bacossi.

Francis was a true diplomat, handling engagements with government officials, JOC, and Chiefs with tact, humility, and respect. As a former Chief Superintendent of police, he was able to go in and out of government circles with professional ease.

It will take a lot of time to highlight Mr. Chingono’s gigantic contribution to Tanganda Tea Company. But the following are some of the people and organizational development training achievements we can highlight:
• Internal personnel and Industrial
• Communication.
• Code of conducts registration
• Job evaluation systems
• ISO 9001 Quality Management Systems
• Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Processes (HACCP)
• ISO 22000 Food Safety and Security
• Global Gap
• Rain Forest Alliance

Francis traveled the whole country in 2010 on a staff rationalization exercise. Mr. Chingono was a player at the national sectorial level in labour relations. He was an active member of the Zimbabwe Tea Growers Association and negotiating team, the Food Processing Employers’ Association, and the National Employment Councils of our industry affiliations Company Limited.



Thulani Masimba