President Emmerson Mnangagwa, yesterday approved the appointment of five new senior officers in the Office of President and Cabinet and Permanent Secretaries in three ministries.
The appointment includes Ambassador Chitsika Chipazima as Chief of Protocol in the Office of the President and Cabinet. Chipazive, with immediate effect, replaces Munyaradzi Kajese, who retired last month from the same office. The ambassador served as a diplomat in Sweden, Australia, South Africa, Malaysia and Brunei.
Ambassador Raphael Faranisi was appointed as the Head of President’s Secretariate in the Office of the President and Cabinet, leaving his current post and Chief Director for Multilateral Affairs in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Trade. Faranisi served as a diplomat in Uganda, Kanya, Tanzania, Botswana and the Democratic Republic of Congo.
Melusi Matshiya was reshuffled to be Permanent Secretary for the Ministry of Women Affairs, Community, Small and Medium Enterprises Development from the Home Affairs and Cultural Heritage Department.
Replacing Matshiya as Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Home Affairs is Aaron Nhepera who rose from within the department’s security and intelligence sector.
“Mr Nhepera also joins Home Affairs at a time when there are renewed calls to combat crime and corruption in our country,” Chief Secretary in the Office of the President and Cabinet Dr Misheck Sibanda commented on the appointment.
Zvinechimwe Churu was one other appointed Permanent Secretary for the Local Government, Public Works and National Housing Ministry yesterday. Churu is a former Chief Executive Officer for the National Oil Company of Zimbabwe (NOCZIM). His appointment will be effective from 1 December 2019.