President and ZANU PF’s First Secretary, Cde Mnangagwa yesterday reshuffled Politburo members as the Party looks to strengthen itself ahead of the 2023 plebiscite.
The President made some key appointments within the Politburo and appointed substantive heads of the vital commissariat and information departments that were being manned on an acting capacity by Cdes Patrick Chinamasa and Mike Bimha respectively.
Cde Bimha was appointed the new national political commissar, taking over from Cde Chinamasa who has reverted back to his duties as the Secretary for Finance. Cde Christopher Mutsvangwa is now the Party’s spokesperson while the First Lady Amai Auxillia Mnangagwa was appointed Secretary for Environment and Tourism, taking over from Cde Prisca Mupfumira.
Other appointments saw Cde Ziyambi Ziyambi being elevated to the position of Secretary for Science and Technology and Cde Kenneth Musanhi was also elevated to the position of Secretary for Production and Labour, taking over from Cde Josiah Hungwe who is now a senior member of the Politburo.
Bulawayo’s Cde Judith Ncube is now a Politburo member representing her Province while Cdes Frederick Shava, Omega Hungwe and Oliver Chidawu, are now committee members in the Politburo. Cde Hungwe was previously the deputy national political commissar, a position that is now occupied by Cde Lilian Zemura.
Cde Monica Mutsvangwa was appointed the deputy Secretary for Transport and Social Welfare while Cde Monica Mavhunga is now the deputy Secretary for Education in the Politburo.
Speaking at the press briefing yesterday, the new spokesperson Cde Mutsvangwa vowed to deliver the task given to him by President Mnangagwa to the best of his abilities.
“It’s a big task and I will try my best to discharge my duties to the best of my abilities,” said Cde Mutsvangwa.
Meanwhile, ZANU PF is set to hold Provincial elections in the next coming few weeks as part of its on-going restructuring exercise. The Party’s political commissar, Cde Bimha, announced yesterday that provincial elections will be held before Christmas and he was just waiting for the hand over-take over process with his predecessor, Cde Chinamasa before rolling out the exercise.
The intended provincial restructuring exercise is expected to reinvigorate the Party ahead of next year’s by elections and the 2023 harmonised polls.