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IN a world where women are slowly taking up leadership in male-dominated sectors, it is critical for society to adapt to such positive change and men must not feel threatened by a shift towards gender equality.

These are sentiments shared by prominent Bulawayo industrialist and chief executive officer for United Refineries Limited, Mr Busisa Moyo, who is also the board chairperson for the Zimbabwe International Trade Fair (ZITF).

Speaking at a cocktail event hosted by Securico Security Services in the city last Friday, Mr Moyo, who was guest of honour said the modern world needs more women to assume top leadership in companies where they can compete at international platforms, as well as           exhibit higher levels of excellence and delivery.

Securico is one of the thriving local companies established 25 years ago by a female entrepreneur, Dr Devine Simbi Ndhlukula who now employs over                       4 000 workers. 

Her company became the first private security service to advocate for the acceptance of female officers as security guards in Zimbabwe. Securico has a total of 900 female officers who are stationed in bigger spaces including banks all over the country.

“We need to get used to a world that is balanced as far as gender is concerned. Africa needs more successful brands that have women behind,” said Mr Moyo.

“The world is changing, and it’s good to embrace change. I am in the commodity space, and the people who influence my decision-making unit and buy the products are women most of the time,” he added.

“Women are still on 20 percent on boards globally, and in executive managing position they are on 25 percent. We are still very far and if as men, we feel threatened by these small percentages, what will we do if we get to 40 percent.”

The quest for gender equality is at the heart of sustainable domestic, regional and global development goals and is a key indicator of modern transformation.

Embracing and adapting to having more female players in the business sector is one of the key elements towards successful business growth, said the outspoken business executive. 

He further reiterated the need for humility and integrity among leaders, saying these are critical virtues that promote a good working environment for all and ensures good service delivery for corporates.

“Humility is the culmination of business. There is nothing godlier than doing business with integrity. Unlike church and other social spaces where people can avoid sitting next to each other, business forces one to interact with people they despise and nothing could be more Christian than humbling oneself to someone they despise so much. You can never avoid humility in business,” said Mr Moyo.

“For a leader, the best ideas come from the workers. It doesn’t matter how achieved one is, it is important to interact and entertain ideas from employees. I sit in the workers’ committee, just to listen and I see that as a key component of business.” 

He encouraged business leaders not to become resistant to inspiration from different sources. Instead, Mr Moyo said leaders should not be regarded as bosses but rather, as doors for an opportunity for one to learn and advance.

He described the business environment as a second chance to education as far as poverty eradication is concerned. From humble beginnings in rural Plumtree, Mr Moyo has distinguished himself, becoming one of the most influential individuals through business and education.

“Contrary to popular belief, I did not grow up with a silver spoon in my mouth, I grew up in rural areas of Matabeleland South in an area known as Tokwana. 

“I herded cattle, climbed mountains and crossed flooded rivers. Despite that background, I started sitting on very important boards at the age of 26,” said Mr Moyo. 

“Not because I was too clever, but because my heart was open to learning and serving. I treated my job as if the company was my own.

“For Africa, business is not a luxury, it is a must, and it is God’s mechanism for us to get out of poverty. Talking about potential will not change Africa, we need to put ideas into action,” he said. 

“Business is the greatest thing after education, to take people out of poverty. Business and entrepreneurship have taken more people out of poverty than aid. It exists to solve problems, we must equip ourselves to solve our own challenge, challenges faced by women, men and the community at large,” said Mr Moyo.

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CCC leader Mr Nelson Chamisa co-opted Mr Sengezo Tshabangu into the party’s national executive committee

There have been at least two formal meetings between Nelson Chamisa and Sengezo Tshabangu “parties”, on 15 November 2023 and 16 November 2023, both in Bulawayo.

By Prof. Moyo

The meeting on 15 November was attended by Hon. Kucaca Phulu and Alderman Collect Ndlovu from SengezoTshabangu’s team, identified in the minutes as “The First Party”; while Nelson Chamisa’s team had Hon Prince Dubeko Sibanda and Tinashe Runganga, a legal practitioner, who are described in the minutes as “The Second Party”.

Regarding the crucial question of their respective mandates, “The First Party” said that its mandate was from its Interim Secretary General, Sengezo Tshabangu and the team that he leads; whereas “The Second Party” indicated that its mandate was from “the Leadership of the CCC and the Caucus of Parliament”, and that in any case its mandate was “drawn broadly from the Party”.

The minutes of 15 November indicate that the source of conflict was the candidate selection processes which were said to have involved various “offenses”, among them factionalism, tribalism, nepotism, corruption and bribery; with claims that party members across the country generally feel they were used after CCC indicated that those who had actively recruited voters under the Mugwazo (targeted) campaign would be given safe passage to be the party’s general election candidates, only for the opposite to happen. It is said that, when they returned from Mugwazo and after they used their personal resources, they found new, and often unknown “candidates” in their wards or constituencies who had been imposed on the communities as the CCC candidates for the 2023 harmonised general election.

To make a bad situation worse, it was said that there were widespread instances of the imposition of mayors and council office bearers across the country, and that these actually triggered the current turmoil in CCC, whose major symptom are the recalls of MPs and Councillors.


But, and crucially, while the above is given in the minutes as the mediate cause of the rupture in CCC, the minutes are also clear that the main genesis of the differences and mayhem that have led to the apparent split of CCC into two parties, to a point where now there is “Party One” and “Party Two” as captured in the minutes – was engendered by Nelson Chamisa’s unilateral dissolution of party structures that founded CCC on 22 January 2022 and the wanton disregard of CCC’s founding interim constitution; after the 23/24 August 2023 harmonised general election.

The second formal meeting was on 16 November. This was attended by Hon. Kucaca Phulu and Advocate Nqobizitha Mlilo from Sengezo Tshabangu’s team, “The First Party”; while Nelson Chamisa’s team had Hon Prince Dubeko Sibanda and Tinashe Runganga, “The Second Party”.

Notably, at this meeting, Hon Sibanda tendered apologies for Hon Amos Chibaya and Hon Gift Ostallos Siziva who he said could no longer be in attendance in the meeting as previously confirmed, because Hon Chibaya had been assigned some urgent tasks in Harare; while Hon Siziva had contracted a flu infection.

In the meeting, “The First Party” made it clear that the major issue for it was that CCC should return to the structures of the party as they were immediately after the 2019 Gweru Congress, and that other issues could then be negotiated from that starting premise. As far as “The First Party” – the Tshabangu team – was concerned, it was important and paramount for CCC to return to constitutionalism as at 2019, which was the situation that obtained when CCC was founded on 22 January 2022.

On the other hand, “The Second Party” – the Chamisa team – was adamant that the position of “The First Party” would not be acceptable because everyone “was now in 2023”, and that therefore the situation [of a new recently unveiled post-general election 2023 constitution] should prevail in 2023. While insisting on this posture, “The Second Party” intimated that “maybe there could be a mixture of 2023 and 2019” structures; but still maintained that “a return to 2019 was inconceivable for the Second Party”.

In the result, there was a stalemate which the two parties resolved to refer back to their principals.

Interestingly, two days later on 18 November 2023 – and this is also documented – Hon Agency Gumbo met with Tshabangu’s team at Zonkizizwe Complex, in Bulawayo, and reported that he had been sent with a mandate from Chamisa to make contact to ascertain what the key sticky issues really were, and to request the postponement of the interdict case that is before Justice Tawanda Chitapi, in the Harare High Court, to allow the politicians in both parties to resolve the contentious issues that have engulfed CCC. Gumbo also indicated that Chamisa was particularly troubled by the recall of his key aides, Amos Chibaya and Gift Ostallos Siziva, and that he was very keen to have their recall reversed!

Link to Minutes of Chamisa-Tshabangu Talks [Bulawayo, 15 November 2023] 

Link to Minutes of Chamisa-Tshabangu Talks [Bulawayo, 16 November 2023]

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