Munyaradzi Chafa won the National Union of Mines, Quarry, Iron and Steel Workers of Zimbabwe (NUMQISWZ) presidency by a landslide margin after beating Simangaliso Shoko of Shabani Mine at congress held at Sebakwe Hotel in Kwekwe on Wednesday.
The former NUMQIISWZ General Secretary drew 18 votes against Shoko’s 3 votes. Shoko contested again for the first vice president’s post and lost to youthful Augustine Sila of Hwange Colliery. Sila polled 18 votes.
Clemency Marufu of Mhangura Mine, Petros Phiri of Indarama Mine and Harriet Nyathi of Hwange Colliery were unanimously elected for the position of second vice president and Treasurer and first committee member respectively.
The General Secretary Boycen Mugiya was appointed as per the dictates of the NUMQISWZ constitution. Kenneth Sithole retained his position as the National Organising Secretary.
The congress was also graced by Zimbabwe Federation of Trade Union Secretary General Kenneth Shamhuyarira who urged the congress to jealously guard their class interest.
“I want to thank the Ministry of Labour for presiding over the elections. I also want to congratulate you (new executive) and urge you to remain focused on your goals. As the foot soldiers of the Labour you drive the economy of the country, you are the vanguard of the economy”, said Shamhuyarira
In his speech newly elected president Chafa called for unity among the sectors urging them to work towards the good of the union instead of pursuing personal gains.
“Let us work together, from this congress I promise you a different NUMQISWZ. We have learnt from our shortcomings and we also expect you to advice and guide accordingly not to wait for congress time. As leadership we have an open door policy,” said Chafa