FDH Bank has awarded an agency officer at Jenda Service Centre in Mzimba, Bartwell Kawerenga the 2021 Best Employee accolade.
Kawerenga will be hosted to an all-expenses paid trip with his partner to Paris in France plus US$1,000 shopping money.
FDH Chief Executive Officer (CEO) William Mpinganjira unveiled Kawerenga as the winner on Wednesday, describing him as an epitome of hard work considering his achievement in the year.
"Our Employee of the Year 2021 grew the profitability of his service centre by 373% and a raked in a huge low-interest deposit of close to K2 billion that boosted the bank’s profit. On top of this, he is a general star performer, with exceptional leadership skills - an epitome of hard work! Congratulations Bartwell. You have made us proud.
"The seniors here will all agree with me that this young man has truly earned the Employee of the Year 2021 award; beating other strong contenders in Benson Chande, Albright Ngwende, Benjamin Kanjira, Madalitso Mchere-Banda, Charles Kalindekafe, Austin Huwa, Thanks Kamodzi and Bartholomew Mombanya," Mpinganjira said.
Chande and Kanjira came out as runner up and third Best employees and just like Kawerenga, will also be hosted to an all-expenses paid for weekend getaway with their partners at a resort of their choice.
"Benson Chande who works as Forex Teller at FDH Money Bureau, for innovating ways of sending money without incurring losses which has significantly contributed to the bureau’s performance increasing revenue growth by 335%.
"The second one is Benjamin Kanjira who is Dealing Operations Manager at First Discount House for exhibiting excellent performance consistently throughout the year. He has managed to lead the Dealing desk at the most challenging time when the market was mostly in a short position without incurring trading losses while embodying hard work and good leadership skills which immensely contributed towards the achievement of the company’s performance targets for the year," Mpinganjira added.
The CEO also took time to welcome Noel Nkulichi who was appointed the new Managing Director, and commended Chitera who worked as acting Managing Director before Nkulichi's appointment.
In his remarks, Kawerenga said he was humbled by the recognition by the bank, which he said will motivate him.
"I am humbled and grateful for winning the award. I thank management for the opportunity as well as vow to work harder and make customers happy since customers are the reason we exist," he said.
This is the third year for the annual awards dubbed Machawi running.
In the first year, the bank sent its ‘Architect’ Mercy Mchacha to Cape Town, in 2020 they sent Account Relationship Manager Pempho Khomba to Dubai.