NEW Institute of Chartered Secretaries and Administrators in Zimbabwe (ICSAZ) president Underus Hove says he wants to see the institute taking a lead in restoring basic moral, ethical and
professional values in society to counter dishonesty and corruption.
Hove, who was elected president of ICSAZ in May, said it was clear professional and ethical values espoused by the organisation and other professional bodies were not being adhered to by many.
He said it was obvious that society was presently not as it should be, given the prevalence of dishonesty and corruption.
“What causes that sort of behaviour?” he asked. “Sometimes we tend to forget the basics in life. We have the laws. We have the regulations. We have the rules. However, these don’t work if society doesn’t have the right people with the right values and attitudes.
“I think we need to go back to the issue of values. That’s the issue I think we should focus on, particularly as professionals. That should become our starting point,” Hove said.
“What values do we have? That’s the thing I want to push forward during my term of office as president of the institute, because I think if we have the right values we should be able to manage ourselves better in the workplace, in the family, in the community and in society at large. That is my agenda.”
He said he would soon be presenting this agenda to the institute’s council.
Hove was previously one of the institute’s vice-presidents.
He was the institute’s chief executive from 1998 to 2000.