President appoints new CIO deputies Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Home Affairs and Cultural Heritage, Mr Aaron Nhepera

Herald Reporter

President Mnangagwa has, with immediate effect, appointed Brigadier-General Asher Walter Tapfumaneyi (Rtd) and Dr Gatsha Mazithulela, as deputy directors-general of the President’s Department.

The two replaced Mr Aaron Nhepera, who was redeployed to the Ministry of Home Affairs and Cultural Heritage as permanent secretary last year.

Chief Secretary to the President and Cabinet Dr Misheck Sibanda announced the appointments in a statement yesterday.

“His Excellency, the President, Cde Dr ED Mnangagwa has with immediate effect, appointed Brigadier-General Asher Walter Tapfumaneyi (Rtd) and Dr Gatsha Mazithulela as deputy directors-general of the President’s Department,” said Dr Sibanda.

Prior to this appointment, Brigadier-General Tapfumaneyi (Rtd) held several senior positions in Government that included permanent secretary in the Ministry of Welfare Services for the War Veterans, War Collaborators, former Political Detainees and Restrictees; principal director, Ministry of Presidential Affairs and several positions in the Zimbabwe National Army.

Brig-Gen Tapfumaneyi also served in the President’s Department between 2005 and 2009 where he rose through the ranks to the position of assistant director.

He is a holder of a Master of Science in International Relations and Master of Business Administration, among other qualifications.

He is a veteran of Zimbabwe’s liberation struggle.

Dr Mazithulela, prior to the latest appointment, was pro-Vice Chancellor at the National University of Science and Technology.

He is a renowned scientist who holds a PhD in Genetic Engineering and Master of Business Administration, among several qualifications.

He is a member of the National Defence University Council and chairman of the National Authority of the Chemical Weapons Convention, Zimbabwe Chapter among several appointments.

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