Samson Mavende


Samson Mavende is the Chairman of Vineyard Funeral Assurance Company. He holds a Bachelor of Accountancy Honours degree from the University of Zimbabwe, a Post graduate Diploma in Applied Accounting-University Of Zimbabwe and qualified as Chartered Accountant in 2000. He is also a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Zimbabwe. He has held several Financial Directorships including for CAPS Holdings, QV Pharmacies, St. Annes Hospital, Olivine Industries and currently is the Financial Director for Turnall Holdings.

Dr. Solomon Taru Chikanda

Managing Director

Dr. S.T. Chikanda is the founder and Managing Director of Vineyard  Funeral Assurance and has twenty years experience in an executive capacity in the Insurance Industry. He holds a BBA in Marketing Management degree, Diploma in Insurance, Diploma in Leadership and Management (ALMA), DipFinAcc (IAC), Executive Certificate in Strategic Public Relations and Business Promotions (UZ). Dr. Chikanda was accorded Honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters Degree by the International Institute of Philanthropy. He sits on the following boards- Insurance Institute of Zimbabwe, Zimdart Accountancy (Chairman), Board Chairman National Employment Council for the Funeral Industry, Board Member National Employment Council for the Insurance Industry (NECII), and is the current President of the Zimbabwe Association of Funeral Assurers (ZAFA).He is married and is a father of 4.

Stephen Muteura

Non-Executive Director

Stephen Muteura is a non-executive Director of Vineyard Funeral Assurance company. He is a Member of the Zimbabwe Institute of Management and is one of the founder members of the company. He holds a Certificate in Sales Representation, Counter Sales and Merchandising, Certificate in Marketing, Certificate in Management Development and a Diploma in Sales Management and Marketing.

Dr. Tarisai Mutangi

Non-Executive Director 

Dr. Tarisai Mutangi is a non-executive Director of Vineyard Funeral Assurance Company. He is the Managing Partner of Donsa Nkomo and Mutangi Legal Practitioners and is also a Midlands State University lecturer in Human Rights Law. He has a Certificate in legislative Drafting from University of Pretoria, South Africa (2015), Doctorate (LLD) in International Law – Human rights (2010), Master of Laws (LLM) in Human rights and Democratisation in Africa Degree (2005), University of Zimbabwe LLB in Laws Degree (2003). 

Mare Douglas

Non-Executive Director

Mare Douglas is a non-executive Director of Vineyard Funeral Assurance Company. He has worked for ZB Bank from 1999 to date in various capacities and has attended internal courses back office operation and electronic banking. He is currently pursuing a Bachelor of Commerce in Banking and Finance degree with the Zimbabwe Open University. 

Sanyika Edson Winfred

Non-Executive Director

Sanyika Winfred is a non-executive Director of Vineyard Funeral Assurance Company. Mr. Sanyika is a registered Public Accountant. He has worked for Ministry of Education as Public Sector Accounting and Finance (1979-1984), Air Force of Zimbabwe, Bata Shoe company as a Credit Controller 1995-1996, NSSA (1996-2004) as a Principal Administration Officer, a trustee of NSSA Staff Pension Fund as well as a Management Accountant. He also holds a Diploma in Theology, Audit Certificate, Full CIS and Chartered Secretary International. He is currently running his own accounting consultancy firm, Sanyika Accounting Consultancy from 2004 to date.