CHIREDZI – The dispute over the leadership of the Zimbabwe Sugar Milling Industry Workers Union (ZSMIWU) was last weekend partly solved after elections were held, with a faction aligned to Chiredzi West Member of Parliament (MP) Farai Musikavanhu not contesting.
The elections were convened by Advocate Primrose Magaisa of Pundu and Hwacha Legal Practitioners.
Simon Ndale and Taruvinga Madenyaya were among those elected for the Triangle section of the union while Patrick Masaiti and Moses Mutonho were elected for the Hippo Valley Estates section.
Members of the Musikavanhu group, which had sought to impose itself as the legitimate executive of the union through many actions including challenging the legality of the Faster Gono-led executive in the Masvingo High Court, did not contest.
During the court case, Justice Joseph Mafusire recognised the legitimacy of the Gono executive but imposed many terms.
Mafusire ordered the executive to organise new elections in 30 days so that three executive members who were relieved of their duties by Tongaat Hulett; Godfrey Katerere, Brawl Chikandiwa and Tavanga Vandirai as well as Lucia Chirilele, who resigned from service under High Court order Number HC459/18 of August 28 2019, could be replaced.
Applicant of the case was Berrington Zvanyanya who had roped in the union’s disgraced former secretary general Addmore Hwarare in what many regarded to be a desperate attempt to get at Gono, who is renowned for his anti-corruption stance.
"I would like to thank you for the peaceful election. Those who have been elected should not capitalise on their positions to amass wealth but rather to fully represent labour issues affecting ZSMIWU members. You should reject bribes. You are also free to consult me in any labour related issue. I am there at your disposal," said Magaisa.
In an interview after the elections, Gono said he was ready to work with the elected members, adding that the organisation will soon choose a new president.