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Director of Ceremonies, the Guest of Honour, Mr Clement Ruzengwe, e Public Accountants and Auditors Board (PAAB) secretary, Mr Admire Ndururu, the outgoing president of the Institute, Mr. Tumai Mafunga, the senior vice president of ICAZ, Mrs Manyara Chigunduru, the newly elected junior vice president of ICAZ, Mr. Brice Musendo, the chief executive officer of ICAZ, Mr. William Mandisodza, ICAZ past presidents Messrs Martin Makaya and Tapiwa Chizana, council members, distinguished guests and speakers, ladies and gentlemen, good evening. Let me start by thanking my predecessor, Tumai for having steered the ship over the last 12 months, leading from the front. ank you for your leadership, guidance and wisdom. You moved the marker forward. I will definitely be knocking at your door for guidance. Let me also acknowledge the input and impact I got from the secretariat, council members and colleagues over the years. It takes a village to raise a child, I hope this is a proud moment for all of you. I also want to thank my wife, who is in attendance today, for being a pillar of support. I dedicate this presidency to my mother who nurtured me. It is my privilege and honour today to stand before you as your president. e moment is made more special by the fact that I am the first diasporan to do that. Being first is not always being the best, but it always sets the tone. e moment nevertheless the agility of the Institute. We have always been at the forefront navigating new challenges and trends. e diaspora vote has a place at ICAZ! I am also alive to the fact that I am a tiny shift in the tectonic evolution of an institute as old as ours. But all the same I have to play my part to move the marker forward. I commit today to do it to the best of my abilities. I have had the privileged to participate in the development of the institute’s current three-year strategy as a member of the presidium. Coincidentally, it was formulated in my first term in office and ends in my last term in the presidium. I fully subscribe to the six pillars of people, positioning, partnerships, processes, members and funding on which it stands. It is an honour to continue and finish off the good work started in 2021. So much to do, yet so little time! To achieve the lofty objectives set by council I will in the next 12 months, use a three pronged approach of dialogue, ownership and legacy building. Dialogue ICAZ exist for its members. I believe, there is still room for creating more dialogue between the institute and its members, and among members. e institute needs to be more alive to the diversity of its members and their needs in a bid to serve them. is becomes more pertinent as we have more membership spread in terms of numbers, geographical location, and profile. ere is an opportunity to harness technology to create more feedback. Additionally, we will need to keep conversations with our stakeholders at the appropriate levels to allow for better alignment. Ownership As we dialogue, the most important aspect is for you as members to feel you are the owners of your Institute. Chinhu chedu (it is ours). It must be a joy for members to serve the Institute in various ways because you feel it is the right thing to do Let the passion for the Institute rank highly among you. I will work to encourage more members to volunteer their time, and sacrifice their resources for the betterment of our erstwhile institute. Strong institutions are built out of ownership and passion. Legacy building As we celebrate the 104th year of existence, let us be conscious of the more years ahead of us.We do not want to be dinosaurs. We do want to create a legacy for posterity. Let us be so strategic in our thinking, the next generations must be grateful that we are their predecessors. As I conclude, let me requote the words of Max DePree I quoted in the virtual winter school of July 2020, “e first responsibility of a leader is to define reality. e last is to say thank you. In between, the leader is a servant”. May I be your servant. Let us get to work, Asante Sana ( ank you)!