The civil service representative board, the Apex Council, is set to reshuffle its leadership following the expiry of the term of office of the Tendai Chikowore-led board.
The reshuffle will see Mrs Tendai Chikowore, who had served the board as the chairperson for seven years, being replaced by the Public Service Association (PSA) President, Mrs Cecilia Alexander.
However, the assumption of the chairmanship of the Board by Mrs Alexander has caused serious divisions within the Apex Council membership, with some from the education sector saying she should not be part of the new Board as she served her term as the secretary for the outgoing team.
The Teachers Union of Zimbabwe Chief Executive Officer, Mr Manuel Nyawo and Progressive Teachers Union of Zimbabwe Secretary General Raymond Majongwe said they are not against the idea that the new Apex Council Chairperson should come from PSA, but argue that Mrs Alexander, who served as the secretary for the outgoing Board, should at least give others from the Public Service Commission a chance to serve.
“We can’t have a recycling of the old products in the new board. Mai Alexander should just understand that her term in office has expired and should just leave peacefully,” said Nyawo and Majongwe.
Zimbabwe Teachers Association Secretary General, Mr Richard Gundani said his organisation has nothing against the appointment of Mrs Alexander, and Mrs Chikowore says she is ready to hand over power to her successor, no matter who it is.
“We are not taking sides with anyone. Whoever takes up the chairmanship we will support. We are concerned with the welfare of those we represent other than who takes the highest position,” Mr Gundani said.
Speaking in a telephone interview, Mrs Alexander said she will only carry out a mandate given to her by the PSA national executive committee and called on the other parties to stop interfering with her organisation’s decisions.