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    Chitambo re-elected Zewu president


    Mirror Reporter

    VICTORIA FALLS - Firebrand trade unionist, Angeline Chitambo has been re-elected president of the 7 000-member strong Zimbabwe Energy Workers' Union (Zewu) at the organisation's 8th congress held in Victoria Falls from 21 January to 22, 2016
    Zewu covers workers from Zesa, Zinwa, Zambezi River Authority, EMA, NOIC, REA, PTMZ, PetroTrade, PZL, Bio Line, ZERA among others.
    Chitambo and almost her entire executive stood for the elections unopposed at the Congress.
    Delegate after delegate including invited dignitaries spoke glowingly about Chitambo's dedication, focus, hard work, resilience and courage.
    Chitambo was suspended 4 years ago together with 135 other members of the union's leadership after they threatened to go on strike over ZESA's failure to comply with the 2012 agreement on salary increament. One thing that most speakers who took to the podium noted was that, of the 135, Chitambo is the only one who was eventually fired while the rest got back their jobs within a week of the suspension.
    Chitambo did not tire, she has continued to fight management and her unfair dismissal is still being contested in the courts.
    Chitambo is also leading his Union in the fight for an $18 million back pay for Zesa that has been due since 2013.
    Peter Bailey of the National Union of Mine Workers of South Africa said Zewu was extremely divided and in tatters at its last congress in 2009 to the extent that members wanted to poison each other.
    "Madam president Chitambo deserves re-election. This Union was deeply divided and ungovernable when I came here for the last congress in 2009 I am pleasantly surprised on the unity and harmony that she has built over the last few years to the extent of holding such a peaceful plebiscite.
    "Zewu is now very stable. It has been developing fast to the extent that the organisation has opened two offices, one in Harare and the other in Bulawayo. It has acquired a fleet of vehicles for its secretariat and has branches all over the country.
    "Zewu's membership has grown from about 2 000 at the last congress to nearly 7 000 members and this is the kind of leadership that we need for a union.
    "And why should Zewu dump a leader who has lost her job on its account. In any case you don't kick a man who is lying down," said Bailey.
    Two new posts that were created were filled in at the congress and these are for the second vice president and second trustee.
    Makiadi Mugabe battled it with Dennis Mokote and won the post.
    Nqabeni Nkala battled it out with Zondi Kenneth Chiwasa and won the post.
    The full executive stands as follows President; Angeline Chitambo, First Vice President; Mike Steemar Ndhlovu, Second Vice President; Makiadi Mugabe, Treasure; Knowledge Siriva and Trustee; Peter Shokere. news
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