…development, improved services define council business
Bikita Rural District Council CEO Peter Chibi has won yet another prestigious award at the MEGAFEST 2019 awards ceremony held at Cresta Lodge in Masasa, Harare, on August 30.
Chibi was named CEO of the Year 2019 gold winner in the MEGAFEST Local Government and Public Sector Awards.
This was in recognition of his display of remarkable leadership in steering council business.
In an interview, Chibi said he was honoured to receive the award for the second time, adding that the recognition was a motivation for him to perform even better.
“I am honoured to receive the award one more time. This is a result the support I receive from my family, councillors, executive, staff and ratepayers. Without their unwavering support, my success would be a fairy tale. I humbly ask for their continued support.
“I always want good results and those that I work with know that I always want to work towards set targets,” said Chibi.
Born and bred in Bikita, Chibi attended Silveira Secondary School between 1988 and 1991 before proceeding to St Anthony’s Musiso High School for his ‘A’ levels from 1992 - 1993.
In 1994, he worked as a sales clerk at Triangle Limited – Cotton Gin Company before moving on to work as a wages and salaries clerk in the same year.
He worked as a trainee accountant (industrial attachment) at Triangle in 1997 before moving on to Victoria Falls Hotel where he worked as a revenue controller the following year.
In 2003, Chibi taught accounting, management of business, economics, accounts and business studies at Eveline High School.
He became Bikita district accountant at the Ministry of Education, Sports and Culture in 2008 before joining Bikita RDC that very same year at the age of 30.
At Bikita RDC, Chibi began as substantive executive officer finance at a time when the country’s economic situation was marked by hyperinflation.
The economic environment required a financial strategist to manage finances as prices of commodities changed overnight.
Chibi soon proved to possess the kind of attributes that were required although managing the changeover from the Zimbabwean dollar to the multicurrency regime was a nightmare for all finance managers.
As the finance person, Chibi’s task was to change the Zimbabwe dollar budget to the base currency; the US Dollar. This task had its challenges which he handled smoothly as proved by the council’s overall performance at the time.
In June 2015, he was appointed Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Bikita RDC, a position he has held to date.
His other notable achievements include the introduction of popular open markets to widen revenue base and the revival of cattle sales.
The introduction of a kitchen facility, completion of bar and improvement of rooms at the council-owned Pambudzi Lodge and the Opening of Umkondo Account in the books of accounts were other initiatives introduced under Chibi.
Since his appointment, he has spearheaded a number of projects including the surfacing of 3.8km of roads at Nyika growth point, construction of Uteke Bridge as well as Mupakwa, Gangare and Musviba roads.
A total of 40 solar street lights were installed at Nyika growth point.
Under Chibi, the local authority facilitated an electrification project in Duma suburb as well as the drilling, rehabilitation and installation of 46 boreholes around the district this year alone.
The local authority also serviced 51 medium density stands in Duma and 140 low density stands in Chinobva suburb.
Under Chibi’s leadership, Bikita RDC completed the construction of a multi-purpose facility and a gazebo at Pambudzi Lodge. The local authority also built five clinics namely Uyerera, Chibvure, Odzi, Norumedzo and Gedhemaranganyika.
With him at the helm, Bikita RDC saw the construction of nurses’ houses at Mapovomhovo, Muvava and Ngorima clinics and the upgrading of water pumps at Mtikizizi and Negovano clinics.
Bikita RDC undertook the drilling of boreholes and installation of a submersible pump at Negovano Clinic. Council also facilitated the electrification of Murwira, Gangare, Hozvi, Odzi and Gava clinics as well as the fencing of Chitasa, Odzi, Murwira, Hozvi and Marozva clinics.
Matezano and Budiriro secondary school received roofing materials from council while a land survey was conducted to enable residents to acquire title deeds.
The local authority now uses audit software and a housing module for efficient and effective management of stands allocations and leases.
There are plans to give council offices the much-needed facelift while continuing with the surfacing work being done on 2.3km of roads in Duma.
Chibi is a holder of Master of Commerce Degree in Strategic Management from Great Zimbabwe University (GZU) and a Bachelor of Commerce Honours Degree in Accounting from the National University of Science and Technology (NUST).
Other staff members of Bikita RDC were also honoured in the recent past, with the head of the Audit Department being named the Head of Audit of the Year 2019 bronze medal at the same event.
Secretary in the office of the Bikita RDC CEO, Judith Magadza was recently crowned Best Secretary in the Local Authorities category of the Association of Secretaries and Personal Assistants Zimbabwe (ASPAZ) Masvingo Region awards ceremony.