ZNFU on 27th October,2016 successfully held its 2016 Council Meeting and the 111th Congress which ushered in a new President Mr. Jervis Zimba and a new Board.
The Congress was preceded by the 2016 Meeting of Council which mainly deliberated and came up with measures to deal with and resolve current audit issues, negative media coverage, and ZNFU survival and continued operations. At the center of the deliberations by councillors was the need for improved Corporate Governance and this culminated into the election of a new President and ushering in of a new ZNFU Board of Directors. The new office bearers are Mr. Jervis Zimba as President, Mrs. Miriam Mbazima and Mr. Fisho Mwale as the new Commodity Directors, Mr. Austin Shinachize and Mr. Elico Spyron as small scale and large scale Area Directors respectively, Mr. Dave Gordon as and Mr. Wayne Wiid as Directors representing Corporate and Agribusiness respectively, and Mrs. Doreen Mwanza as Director representing women farmers. Mr Ashok Oza was elected as Trustee of the ZNFU.
The new Board has since pledged to immediately embark on transforming ZNFU into a more united and much stronger Union driven by enhanced Corporate Governance, and a restructured, efficient, transparent and accountable Secretariat. In his acceptance speech Mr. Zimba said that his Board will focus on resolving all outstanding issues with our Cooperating Partners, who without their support may be difficult to achieve all ZNFU intended objectives. This, according to him, will involve restoring ZNFU relationships with all its partners, and reclaiming the ZNFU’s rightful position, reputation and influence at home, region and globally.
“To those ZNFU may have battled fiercely with or offended during these trying moments, kindly find it within yourselves to bear with us, it is only because we love our Union so deeply and we care so strongly about our agricultural sector that we may have differed with yourselves. Come, let’s join hands together and move our Zambian agriculture to the next level” he added while offering a public apology.
The new Board is expected to meet in the coming few days to among other functions select the Union’s 1st and 2nd Vice Presidents. A number of meetings with Government, Cooperating Partners and Key Industry players have already been lined up as well.