Zim faces shortage of strategists’


Ngoni Chanakira

ZIMBABWE’S problems could be the result of poor corporate governance by managers who have not furthered their training, says the president of the Zimbabwe Institute of Ma

nagement (Zim) Luxon Zembe.


“If you go to school and never practice what you have learnt, there’s no difference from someone who has not gone to school,” he said.


“The problem with some of us is that we are not strategists. There is a shortage of strategists in Zimbabwe right now.”


Zembe was giving his vote of thanks at the graduation of 18 Master of Science in Strategic Management students in Harare on Tuesday.


He said tough times being experienced could be solved by “tough people” and Zimbabweans could easily overcome their problems because they “are resilient”.


For the sixth year running, the University of Derby in conjunction with their local partner the Zimbabwe Institute of Management holds a graduation ceremony for the MSc degree graduands. This year businesswoman Tendai Mhizha won the best overall student award with distinction.


“Success is like riding a bicycle. You can never achieve it if you stop peddling,” said Zembe.


Guest of honour prominent banker and chief executive officer of Barbican Holdings Ltd Mthuli Ncube said this was the time when graduands should put into practice what they had learnt.


He said it was only through hard work that the country would succeed and overcome “obstacles currently being experienced”.


The University of Derby is located in the Midlands of the United Kingdom and provides vocational undergraduate, postgraduate and research opportunities in four schools, including the Derbyshire Business School.


With its policy of internationalisation, the university chose Zimbabwe as its first overseas destination to offer the MSc in Strategic Management due to the long-standing connections between members of the division and Zimbabwe.


The successful graduates join similar individuals of the course in the UK and other overseas centres.


Zimbabwe graduates include Century Holdings Ltd chief operating officer Moses Chingwena, Beverley Building Society manager Philip Chiradza and the Secretary to Parliament Austin Zvoma.

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