Zimbabwe Association of Funeral Assurers (ZAFA) held an inauguration ceremony in Harare yesterday that saw Mr Edward Gomba sworn in as new president. Outgoing leader Mr Chomi Makina used the opportunity to address stakeholders who graced the occasion.
Speaking at the inauguration Mr Makina urged board members to continue working vigorously and disregard seasonal changes.
"The company was formed in 2000 and from then it has never looked back therefore members within the ZAFA must work tirelessly to develop the association and not consider any alterations.
"We want people to represent the funeral industry within guidelines of knowledge and wisdom that will make the organization well recognised across the globe," he said.
Mr Makina congratulated the new boss and encouraged him to soldier on with the leadership post.
"I am happy that Mr Gomba has taken the highest post within the association.
"I encourage him to soldier on and be courageous when handling his new responsibilities," he said.
Mr Gomba said he and his new team would work tirelessly to craft the association to partner with government in their endeavours.
"I am happy to be sworn in as the new president.
"I foresee ZAFA becoming a close government partner in the near future," he said.
He encouraged ZAFA members to unite and fulfill their 2013 aims and objectives.
"The only way we will achieve the stated issues is by uniting as an association and collective body.
"ZAFA will endure, grow and develop because we believe in one common vision of giving sanity to the industry and professional services to the nation," he said.
Doves managing director Mr Talent Maziwisa alluded that it is imperative for ZAFA to maintain policies that benefit the public.
He highlighted the need for the assurer to be systematic and efficient in service delivery.
"We need to promote ethical business conduct irregardless of our competitors and this can only be attained through organization and harmonization within the assurance company," he said.
Nyaradzo, Vineyard, Fidelity, Moonlight, Ruvimbo, sunset and Cell staff were at the forefront of the special event to congratulate their fellow workmate.
Zimbabwe Association of Funeral Assurers was formed as a measure to formalise the industry and ensure professionalism.