Zvamaida Murwira Senior Reporter
President Mugabe yesterday appointed Cde Clifford Sibanda as Minister in Vice President Emmerson Mnangagwa’s office while Cde Tabitha Rudo Kanengoni-Malinga becomes Minister in VP Phelekezela Mphoko’s office.
The appointments are with immediate effect.
“The Chief Secretary to the President and Cabinet, Dr Misheck J M Sibanda, has announced the appointment of Ministers of State in the Offices of the Vice Presidents by His Excellency, the President Cde RG Mugabe, in terms of Section 104, subsection (1) of the Constitution of Zimbabwe Amendment Number 20,” said Acting Secretary for Information, Media and Broadcasting Services, Mr Regis Chikowore in a statement last night.
Cde Sibanda is the Member of Parliament for Bubi in Matabeleland North as well as Home Affairs, Defence and Security Services parliament’s portfolio committee chairperson while Cde Kanengoni-Malinga was until her appointment, Deputy Minister of Sport, Arts and Culture.
Cde Kanengoni-Malinga is also Member of Parliament for Mazowe Central Constituency.
Both of them were elected as legislators during the July 31, 2013 general elections.
In her brief as Deputy Minister of Sport, Arts and Culture, Cde Kanengoni-Malinga had been fielding questions during question time in Parliament.
She will be remembered for her militant stance against Zifa president Dr Cuthbert Dube whom she castigated as failing to properly lead the national association.
At one stage, Cde Kanengoni-Malinga told legislators that it was better for Zimbabwe to bear the brunt of being expelled by Fifa as Government flexed muscles in cleaning up Zifa than allowing the rot to continue.
In his brief as chairperson of Home Affairs, Defence and Security Services portfolio committee, Cde Sibanda had been making inquiries on the Chikurubi Maximum Security Prison jailbreak early this year, which saw some inmates shot dead while prison warders injured in the ensuing melee.
The committee invited senior prison officials and also conducted site visits at the prison to have an appreciation of the security situation.
Cde Sibanda’s committee had also toured landmine areas in Chiredzi, Masvingo province and Burma Valley Manicaland province to appreciate the extend of the problems in the country.