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    Chirumanzi RDC gets first female chairperson

    Gladys Chivige.

    MIRIAM MANGWAYA
    CHIVHU BUREAU

    CHIRUMANZI- Gladys Chivige (49), a first time councillor, is the new chairperson for Chirumanzi Rural District Council (RDC).
    Chivige, who is Ward 21 Councillor and a successful businessperson, is the first female chairperson in Chirumanzi RDC's history, chief executive officer Lovemore Chatikobo, has said.
    Chatikobo said he was pleased by the election of Chivige that will enable decision-making and allocation of resources fairly in the community, in line with government gender equity policies.
    "Election of Chivige takes the council to a higher level in addressing issues of gender imbalances in the community. I am impressed by the positive-mindedness of the councillors in Chirumanzi, who chose to have a female head. The majority of councillors are male but they considered a female candidate for the local top post," he said.
    Chatikobo also said he was very confident that councillors and residents were going to support Chivige throughout her term. Chivige replaces Tapera Dzitirai who becomes the deputy.
    In an interview with the Mirror, Chivige said as a first timer, she was not expecting such a high post in the council but has been receiving overwhelming support from other councillors and local residents.
    Chivige won the post by 16 out of 25 votes against three other contestants.
    Gladys Chivige was born on August 8 1969 Harare but grew up in Chivige Village, Nyautonge area under Chief Chirumanzi. She went to Nyautonge and Hama Schools for her primary and secondary education respectively and later trained under Red Cross, a humanitarian organization that provides emergency assistance on disasters.
    Chivige is a cross border trader who runs clothing enterprises at Jaya Business Centre.
    She served as the chairperson of the Zanu PF Chirumanzi District women's league for the past 25 years, to date. She is married to Alister Chakanyuka with whom she has four children.
    Chivige also served as a chairperson of the School Development Committees (SDCs) for Mazvimba Primary and Mukomberanwa Secondary Schools between 2008 and 2015.
    "As a female elect, I will work hard to empower women but I will thrive to treat everyone fairly regardless of gender," she said.

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