Mashudu Netsianda, Senior Reporter
PRESIDENT Mnangagwa has reassigned Minister of State in the Office of former Vice-President Kembo Mohadi, David Marapira and appointed two new deputy chief secretaries.
In a statement last night, chief secretary to the President and Cabinet Dr Misheck Sibanda said the appointments are with immediate effect.
Cde Marapira, is now the Minister of State in the Office of the President and Cabinet to be in charge of monitoring and implementation of special agriculture-related programmes, namely Government programmes focusing on Command Agriculture, mechanisation and irrigation development, matters relating to environmental and fire management as well as climate change.
Minister Marapira’s new task also includes ensuring that programmes relating to production of requisite input in support of agricultural productivity by entities such as Zimbabwe Phosphate Industries (Zimphos), Sable Chemicals, Chemplex are implemented.
He will also undertake any other assignments as directed by the President.
Dr Sibanda said Reverend Paul Bayethe Damasane, who was Permanent Secretary in the Office of former VP Mohadi, has been promoted to deputy chief secretary for Social Services Sector with special responsibility for monitoring programmes in the Ministries of Youth, Sport, Arts and Recreation; National Housing and Social Amenities; Public Service, Labour and Social Welfare; and Women Affairs, Community, Small and Medium Enterprises Development including their parastatals.
He said Engineer Amos Marawa, former Permanent Secretary for Transport and Infrastructure Development has been elevated to the post of national co-ordinator (deputy chief secretary grade) responsible for flagship programmes and projects in the Office of the President and Cabinet.
“In that capacity, Eng Marawa will be responsible for providing technical leadership in supporting the formulation and implementation of high impact flagship infrastructural programmes and projects in the provinces, in close consultation with Ministers of State for Provincial Affairs and Devolution,” said Dr Sibanda.
Eng Marawa will also co-ordinate the production of detailed reports and recommendations on the progress of high impact infrastructural programmes and projects in the province, with emphasis on their contribution to national economic growth, job creation and enhancing inclusive and sustainable citizen livelihoods as well as contributing towards provincial GDP growth and facilitate the technical co-ordination and operationalisation of the National Ports Management Authority.
Among other duties, Dr Sibanda said Eng Marawa will also recommend and develop effective institutional strictures for the creation, management and regulation of Zimbabwe’s inland, border and special port, in order to enhance their contribution to rapid national economic growth; and provide an effective interface between the Office of the President and offices of Ministers of State for Provincial Affairs and Devolution in the implementation of high impact infrastructural flagship programmes and projects. — @mashnets