The 8th National Congress set to start tomorrow is expected to be all fireworks as delegates from all over Zimbabwe and the region jets in. To prep for the congress the Zimbabwe Energy Workers Union National Executive Council (NEC) met to review their performance over the last 6 years.The meeting started on a higher note with the president, Angeline Chitambo leading in song and an opening prayer from Mrs Melter Madzamba, NEC member for Gweru.
With the vice president, Cde Mike Stima Ndlovu chairing, the meeting welcomed new members, Molly Sithole and Allen Mukuhwa.
The treasurer general, Mr Knowledge Siriva, said the union was facing financial challenges due to the state of the economy which continues to decline daily.
Despite the challenges the union, under the current national executive, managed to score a high in meeting targets.
“Im happy that the task of asset acquisition in ZEWU was under my portfolio and i am proud to say we executed it 90% despite the financial discords,” said Mr Siriva.
“Our finance mission statement and mission was designed from the strategic plan spelling out the tasks we were expected to accomplish. The tasks were to,
- grow into a giant and be reckoned locally, regionally and internationally.
- become a number one trade union in Zimbabwe
- and to be visible
The Union notably achieved the following;
- Meyrick Park stand acquisition
- Vehicles acquired includes;
- Isuzu Single
- Toyota Hilux D4D
- Venture trailer
- Toyota Prado
- Office furniture for Head and Western region offices
- Branch laptops
“We are also grateful to partners and organizations that donated financially and materially during the period under review. These includes IndustriAll Global Union, Germin IG Bergbau Chemie Energie, CSC-Belgium, CFMEU-Australia, Ledriz and Friedrich Ebert Stiftung for trainings, HIV/AIDS workshops and legal costs towards the president’s case.
The meeting also unveiled the members contesting the post of second trustee and second vice president and gave them the green light to campaign.
For the post of second trustee, Cde Zondie K. Chiwasa and Cde Nqabeni Nkala will go toe to toe while Cde Makiadi Mugabe and Cde Denis Mukote battle it out for the VP post.
The battle lines have been drawn, the race is on and let the secret ballot speak . . . .