By Lloyd Takawira
In a min cabinet filling, President Emmerson Mnangagwa has appointed current Zimbabwe Ambassador to the United Nations Ambassador Fredrick Shava as foreign affairs and international trade minister to fill the void left behind by the departed Rt Lt General Sibusiso Moyo who died of covid-19 late last month.
A statement from the Presidency released yesterday (Monday night) President Mnangagwa also appointed Chikomba legislator Felix Mhona as Transport and Infrastructural development minister filling in positions of Joe Biggie Matiza who died of the Covid-19.
The Presidency also appointed Chimanimani West Mp Nokuthula Matsikenyere as the new Manicaland provincial minister replacing another victim of covid-19 Ellen Gwaradzimba, who also succumbed to the virus last month.
Zanu PF Manicaland provincial chair Mike Madiro was moved from deputy minister of Home affairs and will now deputize Mhona in the transport ministry
In replacing Madiro as deputy minister of Home affairs Mnangagwa appointed Beitbridge West MP Ruth Maboyi Ncube as deputy home affairs minister.
In beefing up his mouth piece, Mnangagwa appointed Makonde member of parliament Honourable Kindness Paradza a former senior journalist to fill the vacant post of deputy information minister left by the scandalous Energy Mutodi who fell from grace last year.
It is the appointment of Ambassador Fredrick Shava that has caught the public eye . The man not new to politics faces a daunting task of selling the Zimbabwean story to the world repairing Zimbabwean tattered mage.
In 1988, Shava the then the minister of state for political affairs, was implicated in the famous Willowgate scandal that rattled the Mugabe regime at the time.