by Fungai Munetsi
ZCIEA maintains one of its key Constitutional obligation on promoting membership owned democratic processes through the National Women’s, Youth, and People with Disabilities Congresses held on the 10th to 11th of December 2020 respectively.
These congresses were supposed to have been held in March 2020 ahead of Main National Congress which was due for August 2020, but could not take place due to COVID-19 effects. The newly elected ZCIEA National Women’s, Youth, and PWD leadership will hold office for the next five years, and automatically the Chairpersons become members of the ZCIEA National Management Committee that runs the day-to-day activities in between ZCIEA Congresses.
The Congresses were democratically and transparently conducted by the Vendors Initiative for Social and Economic Transformation (VISET) technical team who were approached to be election officers.
In attendance for ZCIEA National Women’s Congress were Women Territorial Presidents and Territorial Chairpersons from 42 ZCIEA Territories which covers 10 Provinces of the country. The following were elected into ZCIEA National Women’s Committee: Chairperson – Loice Gwangwara (Marondera), Vice-Chairperson- Grace Josephine James (Chiredzi Triangle), Secretary – Angeline Mugadza (Gokwe Center), Vice Secretary – Vongai Wachenuka (Chinhoyi), Organiser – Nguvayashe Mazorodze (Victoria Falls), Vice Organiser – Tendai Gambe (Sanyati), Treasurer – Melody Ndawana (Kwekwe), Committee member – Mary Maimbo (Gwanda), Committee members – Molly Mupasa (Bindura), Committee member – Machivei Sithole (Caledonia).
The National PWD Congress was attended by all Territorial Chairpersons from 42 ZCIEA Territories. The following were elected as the ZCIEA National PWD Committee: Chairperson – Tavengwa Mazhambe (Masvingo), Vice-Chairperson Rachel Bvunzawabaya (Chitungwiza), Secretary -Solomon Chivurunge (Karoi), Vice Secretary Ruzai Maphosa (Masvingo), Organiser Thobekile Ncube (Plumtree), Vice Organiser Milton Mukamuri (Bindura), Treasurer- Phatani Mlalazi (Chitungwiza), committee member Judith Chigwada-(Gokwe Center), Committee member-Elina Makuyana (Mutare), Committee Member- Watson Muyocha (Chimanimani).
Territorial Youth Chairpersons from 42 ZCIEA Territories were delegates for the ZCIEA National Youth Congress. The newly elected Youth Committee are as follows: Chairperson- Tinashe Musendami (Chinhoyi), Vice-Chairperson Cecilia Zimbande (Mutare), Secretary- Lisa Saungweme (Marondera), Vice Secretary – Onward Gasva, Organiser Charity Maulidi (Kariba), Vice Organiser- Valentine McDonald (Chitungwiza), Treasurer – Sarudzai Toringepi (Masvingo), Committee member- Munyaradzi Charles Mugadziwa (Bulawayo), Committee member- Sethiselo Ngwenya (Lupane), Committee member – Joseph Rupondo (Gokwe North).
‘The Chamber That Deliver’