President Makes Key Appointments to Strengthen Governance
Zimbabwe’s President Emmerson Mnangagwa has named several new officials to important government roles. According to Martin Rushwaya, the Chief Secretary to the President and Cabinet, the appointments aim to strengthen governance in key areas.
Virginia Mabhiza was appointed as the new Attorney General. Mabhiza has extensive legal experience, having worked as a lawyer in both civil and criminal litigation. She also served during the inclusive government period coordinating the constitution-making process. Rushwaya praised her representation of Zimbabwe at international forums on legal matters.
Agnes Mahomva was named the first-ever Public Health Advisor to the President. Mahomva played a pivotal advisory role in Zimbabwe’s COVID-19 response. Under her guidance, government ministries worked cohesively with communities and business to successfully manage the pandemic. Reports and a documentary highlighted the success of this coordinated national effort to contain COVID-19. Her new position will bolster public health policy-making beyond just the health ministry’s scope.
Former deputy transport minister Mike Madiro was appointed chair of the National Railways of Zimbabwe board. Madiro brings years of experience as a respected accountant. The statements indicate these appointments aim to harness the appointees’ expertise and strengthen governance during an important time for Zimbabwe.
Jorum Gumbo also received a new advisory post to independently monitor and provide counsel on implementation of governmental projects nationwide. Overall, the appointments seem geared towards enhancing Zimbabwe’s leadership in legal matters, health policy and infrastructure development.