Farirai Machivenyika Senior Reporter
New Rural Development, Preservation and Promotion of Culture and Heritage Minister Abednico Ncube was sworn in by President Mugabe at a ceremony held at State House yesterday.
Minister Ncube, who was reassigned from being Provincial Affairs Minister for Matabeleland South, did not attend last week’s swearing-in ceremony when five ministers and 10 deputy ministers took their oaths of office after President Mugabe reshuffled cabinet.
Minister Ncube expressed gratitude to the President on his latest appointment. “I am so delighted on the appointment and would want to thank the President for the confidence he has in me.
“It is a new ministry and I am yet to get a full brief on it so I will be in position to speak more once I am settled,” he said.
Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Information, Media and Broadcasting Services, Mr George Charamba, said although the ministry was a new creation it had aspects of already existing institutions.
“It is a new ministry although it has some old elements in it.
“It has rural development and the President has also decided that he joins it with two other components, culture and heritage,” he said.
Mr Charamba said organisations like the National Arts Council of Zimbabwe, the National Gallery, the National Museums and Monuments would now fall under the new ministry.
The administration of chiefs would also be under the new ministry.
Following the reshuffle last week, Cde Patrick Zhuwao was appointed to the Ministry of Youth Development, Indigenisation and Economic Empowerment taking over from Cde Christopher Mushohwe, who is the new Minister of Information, Media and Broadcasting Services.
Cde Joram Gumbo was appointed the new minister of Transport and Infrastructural Development taking over from Cde Obert Mpofu, who was re-assigned to the new Ministry of Macro-Economic Planning and Investment Promotion.
Mberengwa East National Assembly representative Cde Makhosini Hlongwane was appointed Minister without Portfolio
Cde Simon Khaya Moyo was re-assigned from the Ministry of Economic Planning and Investment Promotion to the new Ministry of Policy Coordination and Promotion of Socio-Economic Ventures in the President’s Office.
Former Deputy Minister Sport, Arts and Culture Tabetha Kanengoni-Malinga was re-assigned to be the Minister in the Office of Vice President Phelekezela Mphoko while Cde Clifford Sibanda is the Minister in the Office of Vice President Emmerson Mnangagwa.
Cde Edgar Mbwembwe is the new Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs, Cde Obedingwa Mguni (Deputy Minister Home Affairs), Cde Berita Chikwama (Deputy Minister Lands and Rural Resettlement), Cde Christopher Chingosho (Deputy Minister Local Government, Public Works and National Housing), Cde Michael Madanha (Deputy Minister Transport and Infrastructural Development), Cde Adrin Musiiwa (Deputy Minister Health and Child Care) and Cde Thokozile Mathuthu (Deputy Minister Media Information and Broadcasting Services).
Other Deputy Ministers who were appointed include Colonel Tshinga Dube (Welfare Services for War Veterans, War Collaborators and Former Political Detainees), Cde Annastasia Ndlovu (Tourism and Hospitality Industry), Cde Tapiwanashe Matangaidze (Public Service, Labour and Social Welfare) while former Deputy Minister of Media Information and Broadcasting Services Cde Monica Mutsvangwa was re-assigned to be Deputy Minister Macro-Economic Planning and Investment Promotion.
Former deputy ministers Ziyambi Ziyambi (Home Affairs) and Brigadier General Walter Kanhanga (Retired) (Tourism and Hospitality Industry) were dropped.