Phillimon Mhlanga in Victoria Falls

VICTORIA FALLS – Prominent hotelier, Tamuka Macheka, has been elected new president of the Zimbabwe National Chamber of Commerce (ZNCC) at the on-going conference in the resort town.

Macheka takes over from Divine Ndhlukula, founder and the managing director of Securico Security Services, who stepped down after the expiry of her term.

He will be deputised by Ozias Marange, who runs a transport business in Victoria Falls. Marange also runs hardware stores in Victoria Falls and Hwange.

Macheka, is a former general manager of Rainbow Towers, Monomotapa Crown Plaza Hotel, Victoria Falls Hotel, Caribbean Bay and Montclair Hotel, and Pandari Lodge but owns hospitality leisure and events business, Kestner Investments Private Limited.

He is also the Zimbabwean partner for Vistra Capital Group International, a company focusing on investment promotion in the region. The company has offices in Zimbabwe, Zambia and Botswana. Macheka is also co-founder of Communities and Churches Against Aids Forum.

“What is key for ZNCC is to continue engaging government so that we have a common vision in terms of shaping the economy,” Macheka told The Business Times on the sidelines of the on-going ZNCC annual conference in Victoria Falls today.

In her valedictory message, outgoing president, Ndhlukula told The Business Times: “I am leaving the position of president of ZNCC a satisfied person. It was a very busy 12 months. We strengthened our relationship with government, a key stakeholder. We were also involved in local content policy formulation and price stability in the country,” Ndhlukula added.