In a rather surprising development, President Emmerson Mnangagwa has appointed his deputy, Vice President Constantino Chiwenga as the new Minister of Health and Child Care.
The retired four-star General and former Commander of the Zimbabwe Defence Forces replaces the scandal-ridden Obadiah Moyo who was fired last month after he was arrested on corruption and abuse of office charges.
Vice President Chiwenga’s appointment as Minister of Health and Child Care comes a day after the President appointed Air Commodore Jasper Chimedza as the new Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Health and Child Care.
The Vice President’s appointment was confirmed by the Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Information, Publicity and Broadcasting Services, Ndavaningi Nick Mangwana. Writing on social media, Mangwana said,
His Excellency, President Emmerson Mnangagwa has appointed VP CGDN Chiwenga, the Minister of Health and Childcare with immediate effect.
APPOINTMENT OF THE MINISTER OF HEALTH AND CHILD CARE BY HIS EXCELLENCY THE PRESIDENT
In terms of Section 99 of the Constitution of Zimbabwe Amendment (No. 20) Act 2013, His Excellency the President, Cde E D Mnangagwa, has appointed Hon Vice President Dr C G N Chiwenga as Minister of Health and Child Care.
In making this decision, His Excellency the President has noted the urgent need to stabilize, restructure and reform the National Health Delivery System to better cope with challenges of the global COVID-19 pandemic, and in the process. ensuring a quick turn-around in national healthcare.
The appointment is with immediate effect.
Dr Misheck JM Sibanda
CHIEF SECRETARY TO THE PRESIDENT AND CABINET
04 August 2020