Ruvimbo Funeral Assurance (Private) Limited founder and CEO Edward Gomba has been elected president of the Zimbabwe Association of Funeral Assurers (Zafa). He takes over from Moonlight CEO Chomi Makina, whose term expired last week. Prior to his appointment, Mr Gomba was Zafa's secretary-general. Mr Solomon Taru Chakanda of Vineyard is now the secretary-general.
Doves Morgan's Mr Talent Mazivisa was elected first vice president, taking over from First Funeral Assurance's Mr Maxwell William Katunga.
Sunset Funeral Assurance Mr Blazio Chaka was elected second vice president, a position which was previously held by Mazivisa.
Juliet Makoto from Passion Funeral Assurance and Mrs Paidemoyo Madziwa from Cell Funeral Assurance were elected as committee members.
Nyaradzo Funeral's managing director Mr Webster Chikengezha was re-elected treasurer for the association. Speaking after his election, Mr Gomba thanked God for providing him the opportunity to be the president of Zafa.
"I intend to make sure that as funeral assurers we are much more united in order for us to be able to provide professional services to the nation. This will enable Zafa to become a force to reckon with in Zimbabwe," he said.
"I also would want to see Zafa as an association doing social services to the nation. It is high time Zafa begins to think of even looking at opening a funeral reinsurance company which will take care of some of the risks attached to the funeral business as the funeral assurers, our business is slightly unique due to the way how our claims are settled hence this new idea.
"We will also prescribe the rules and regulations which will work well with our industry," Mr Gomba said.
He expressed hope that they would have a full staff complete to run the association's programmes by March.
"I will also make sure that as an association we will have sub-committees on finance and administration, discipline and marketing to monitor the associations operations and providing advice in their respective areas of speciality," Mr Gomba said.
He said all the sub-committees would be reporting to the executive committee.
"Yes, we are competitors, but I feel we need to complement each other and make sure that the nation gets professional services from our members.
"I feel we need to champion the idea of having a Sadc Funeral Assurers' Association to be able to cross-pollinate ideas within the region.
"In the long run we need Zafa to buy its own premises like all other associations have done," he said.
Mr Gomba said Zafa will work hand-in-hand with the Life Offices Association in order to share ideas.
"Even the far-fetched idea of opening a bank as an association will help to stabilise our members.
"I foresee Zafa as a Government partner and all the time it will be recognised for its professional approach to issues," he said.