New female CZI boss for Matabeleland

HARARE - Matebeleland has elected Dr Ruth Labode as President of its Confederation of Zimbabwe Industries (CZI). This makes her the first female to have achieved this feat in Zimbabwe.

Labode is a top business woman in her own right.

“I will work hard not only for the region, but for women. As you know we are marginalised and work hard to be recognised but we can do it,” she said in an exclusive interview.

Labode beat four male candidates to scoop the top post, the second most prestigious after the Mashonaland CZI group.

She said the CZI currently had a membership of 261 companies in Zimbabwe.

“Only seven of those are run and owned by women,” she said.

“So you can see that this is a huge challenge for me.”

The CZI is Zimbabwe’s most influential and powerful business grouping. Its bosses are mainly Chief Executives (CEOs) of firms listed on the Zimbabwe Stock Exchange (ZSE).

The current CZI President is businessman, Joseph Kanyekanye, who is based in Harare.

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